Opening Prayer Led by Group Facilitator

Psalm 121

Pray the Psalm together aloud, alternating verses between two sides.  When finished, share reflections on the Psalm as a group

1  I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

2  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

3  He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.

4  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5  The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.

6  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

7  The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

8  The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Genesis 22

1.       What kind of “test” is this? What is the purpose of this test? What does Abraham (and all Israel) realize about God, and Abraham’s devotion to Him? How do Patriarchs “test” their sons?

2.       How does God describe Isaac? How does this description correspond with a Patriarch’s affection for his son?

3.       How does Abraham’s faith and obedience challenge you as a Patriarch?

4.       What might Isaac’s perception of this sacrifice be? Would his perception be the same as Abraham’s? When might your son’s perception of your obedience to God differ from your perception?

5.       Child sacrifice was common not only around Israel, but sometimes within Israel. What does Genesis 22 reveal about God, Abraham and child-sacrifice?

Prayer Partners

Discuss with your prayer partner the success/failure of your previous resolution & offer a vocal prayer for one another.