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The story of Isaac .

In telling the story of Isaac it is very important to tell about his father Abram .

Once Lord ordered Abram to leave his country , his people and his father\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s household and to go to the land that God was going to show him .

After that God made promises which were fulfilled inthe rest of the Genesis. The first was making Abram into a great nation . Naturally question arises : how can man be made into a great nation ? The answer is that through one\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s heir that in it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s term will give more and more heirs (children) one can be made into nation .

Than God promised that he would bless Abram , making his name great, that he would bless those who bless him , that he wold curse those who curse him and finally that through Abram all nations would be blessed. At that time Abram was seventy five years old , so he followed the Lord\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s will and took his wife Sarai , nephew Lot and moved to Canaan. While Abram was travelling

at the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shehem , God appeared to him and told that through his offspring he would receive that land .

Because there was a famine in that land Abram went to Egypt. But there was a problem . Abram knew how beautiful his wife Sarai was, also he knew what would happen to her if Egyptians saw her ; moreover he knew what would happen to him if they would have learned that Abraham was her husband- he would be dead . So they decided to pretend as if she was his sister . But once Pharaoh\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s officials saw her so they took her to the palace .

Sarai became Pharaoh\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s wife , Pharaoh in his term treated well to Abraham(he gave cattle, sheep, different servants).But the Lord inficted serious deseases on Egypt , Pharaoh understood that that was all because of Sarai and he gave back her to Abram . Then he made orders about them to his men and they sent him on his way .

All that time Lot was with them . They came to Negev , after that they moved to Bethel, there Abraham called on the name of the Lord . Land could not support allof them while they stayed together , for their possessions

where so great . So Abram decided: let Lot to go to the left and himself to the right .

In the telling of the story of Isaac it is very important to notice that he was the part of the covenant of the Lord with Abram . Since God promised to make Abraham into a great nation Abraham wondered how , because he was childless . He even thought of making the child of his servant , Hagar , to be his heir . Abraham and Hagar had a son in the name of Ishmael. Once God appared to Abram in the vision telling that he was his reward but Abram wondered what Lord could give to him since he remained childless and only son of his servant would be his heir . God gave a defenite answer that only his own son would be his heir. God required a sucrifice and said that he, Abram , will have his own son . Also he told that his descendants will be strangers in the country of not their own and they will be inslaved and mistreated for hundred years , but God would punish that nation and afterward they will come out with great possessions

. Hagar was dispised and she run out of that house , but she met angel in the desert who told that her descendants would be multiplied so that it would be impossible to count them also he orderd to come back to Sarai and submit to her.

When Abram was ninety nine years old God appeared to him again and proclaimed that he would confirm their covenant and that from that moment Abram would be Abraham and his wife Sarai would be called Sarah . The Lord promised that their descendants would be numorous and that every male among them should be circumsised .

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah and did what he had promised , she became pregnant and gave a son to Abraham in his old age , he gave him the name Isaac. When he was eight years old he was circumsised , as God commanded him .

Once Sarah told to Abraham to get rid of the Ishmael and Hagar because she didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t want Ishmael to share in inheritance with Isaac . Abraham was confused about that matter because Ishmael was his son too, but God advised to follow the will of Sarah and not to warry about the Ishmael because he would be made into a nation too. Next morning Hagar left with the boy and wandered in the desert of Beersheba . They were about dieing there , but God saved them and promised to make Ishmael into a great nation .

Let come back to Abraham . One of the most well known Old Testament stories is the test of Abraham . God said that he wanted him to take his son , Isaac , to take him to the region of Moriah and to sucrifice as a burnt offering on the one of the mountains he would point him out . Next morning Abraham saddled donkey and went to the place God told him about . They walked for three days then when Abraham saw the place of their destination he left his servants and then went only with Isaac.(by the way many biblical scholars think that God chose the place of the sucrifice that was in the three days journey far from their place becauese for this big period of time Abraham could change his mind many times) He took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on Issac and they went to the mountain . While they were walking Isaac asked his father about the lamb for the offering , but Abraham replied that God would provide it. He made an altar up there , then bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar and right in that moment when Abraham was about to pierce him the voice from the sky stopped him . Thus Abraham proved his faith to God so God told that he would surely bless him and make his son into a gret nation .

When Abraham was old he ordered to his chief servant to find a wife for Isaac among his relatives , but not from Canaanites among whom he was living and certainly not to bring Isaac to his homeland because God gave him that land . So the servant went to the home -land of Abraham , he reached the spring where women came to draw water and prayed to God to help him to find the girl . He asked for if he says to the girl: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Please let down your jar so I can have a drink \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" and she would reply: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Drink and I will water your camels too \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"-let her be the one God

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