Chapter 9: Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac

Old Testament Stories, (1980), 38–41


Abraham and Sarah

Sarah had a baby boy named Isaac.

Abraham kneeling

God wanted to know if Abraham would obey him. God told him to sacrifice Isaac on a mountain.

Abraham and Isaac

Abraham loved his son very much. He did not want to sacrifice Isaac. But Abraham wanted to obey God.

Abraham and Isaac

God told Abraham to go to a mountain. He took Isaac and two men with him. Abraham and Isaac rode on a donkey. They traveled for three days.

Abraham and Isaac walking

The two men stayed with the donkey. Abraham and Isaac walked up the mountain. Abraham took a knife. Isaac took some wood.

Isaac talking to Abraham

Isaac asked where the lamb was for the sacrifice. Abraham told him not to worry.

Abraham builing altar

Abraham built an altar. He put wood on it.

angel stoping Abraham

Abraham tied Isaac and put him on the altar. He held the knife over Isaac. Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son. But an angel spoke to Abraham. He told Abraham not to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham had obeyed God. God loved Abraham.

Abraham catching ram

Abraham looked around. He saw a ram in the bushes. God had given the ram for the sacrifice. Abraham sacrificed the ram on the altar.

Abraham and Isaac

God was happy Abraham had obeyed him. God said he would bless Abraham’s family.

Abraham and Isaac

Abraham and Isaac went home. Abraham had obeyed God. He was willing to let his son die.

Christ on the cross

What Abraham did was like what Heavenly Father did. Heavenly Father was willing to let his son, Jesus Christ, die for us. Heavenly Father and Abraham loved their sons. Jesus and Isaac loved their fathers and obeyed them.