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  1. Today's lesson proposes that "the sacrifice of Isaac suggests that she (Sarah) might have been affected by this incident, which almost cost her son’s life." Without being 'picky', it is not true that the incident almost cost Isaac his life - God was never going to require or allow Isaac to be sacrificed*. However, it is true that it may have appeared to Abraham and Sarah that Isaac came close to close to losing his life. But that would be a human perspective or more accurately, mis-perspective.

    Unless we keep in mind that the things and ways of God are typically not what they seem to our fallen, 'darkened' default understanding, we will keep seeing God and His Ways in our image rather than growing in our understanding of the truth of His "higher ways" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

    Heavenly Father, through your Holy Spirit, daily prompt and remind us of our need to go beyond what we see of You and Your Ways from our darkened understanding that has been conditioned by our past experience/s (Romans 12:2; Zechariah 4:6; John 16:13). Give us your promised 'eye salve' (Revelation 3:18) so that we might more and more clearly (learn to) see, understand and be changed by the truth of You and Your Higher Ways as a testimony to You (2 Corinthians 3:18; John 15:8). Amen.

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    * I believe God was never going to allow Isaac to actually be sacrificed because, contrary to Isaiah 55:8-9, that would have conveyed the idea to people that God was no different than, for example, the pagan god Molec (Leviticus 18:21).

    Amen!(25)
    • Very encouraging !

      As we understand in heinsight, The incarnate WORD was the substance of this shadow 👍

      Shalom In Christ 🙏

      Amen!(3)
  2. Read Genesis 23:1-20. What function does the story of Sarah’s death and burial play in the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham?

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  3. If Sarah was 90 when she gave birth to Isaac and died at 127, this means Isaac was 37 when she died. My understanding (though likely from EGW) is that Isaac was a young man, perhaps a teen, when he was "offered". So it doesn't really seem likely that Sarah died because of that event. Her death would likely be 20 years later when she was quite old.

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    • I agree with you. I would wager that like any Biblical preparation time, the number 40 would play a huge roll. I think Issac was about 15 as this would have been exactly 40 years from when Abram was first called by God.

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    • The Bible does call Isaac a lad at the time of Abraham's offering Isaac. So he definitely wouldn't have been an adult. I also had considered that.

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