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Ella Taylor

Miss Akers BAIL Essay

Honors English 9

20 October 2017

Throughout the Old Testament, The Lord often connects to the Bibles protagonists by

way of struggle and choice. One of the most famous examples of struggle and faith in the Old

Testament is the story of Abraham and his son, Isaac. In the book of Genesis, Abraham is

introduced as an older man who has almost everything in life. Despite his success, Abraham and

his wife, Sarah, have not been able to have children. Suddenly, The Lord appears to Abraham,

promising him many children in exchange for Abraham only worshipping The Lord. Abraham

then agrees to The Lords Covenant, and he with Sarah have a son, Isaac. One day, The Lord

appears to Abraham and instructs him to sacrifice his one beloved son. Remembering the sacred

promise, Abraham obliges to The Lords wishes and prepares for the sacrifice. Moments after

Abraham wields his weapon, an angel instantly stops the tragedy, commanding Abraham to

spare Isaacs life. Abrahams faith saved Isaac. Struggling with the decision, Abraham became

willing to give up the most precious thing in his life out of faith to The Lord, defining the

meaning of faith throughout the rest of the Bible.

One capability that separates Abraham from his predecessors is his ability to believe The

Lords word will eliminate his struggles. As a father, Abraham dearly loves Isaac and only

wishes the best for his favorite son. So when The Lord announces Abraham must kill Isaac,

Abraham becomes internally conflicted. However, as a believer in The Lord, Abraham chooses

to trust in The Lords advice rather than his own intuition. For example, as Abraham leads Isaac

through the mountains of Moriah, Isaac asks Abraham where the sacrificial sheep is to be found.
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Abraham replies, God will see to the sheep for His burnt offering, my son (76). This quote

reveals that Abraham trusts The Lord with the life of his favorite son. Previously, The Lord had

promised Abraham (once Abram) to, Fear not, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall

be very great, (71). Abrahams amount of faith to overcome his deepest struggles in something

he cannot see is vastly greater than any other prior figure in the Bible. Before Abrahams leap of

faith in faith, the people of the Old Testament saw The Lords word as an optional word of

advice rather than the solution to all struggle. Adam and Eve chose to eat the Forbidden Fruit

despite The Lords warnings, and vengeful Cain murdered out of jealously after The Lords

consolation. Both groups suffered immeasurable punishment afterward. Following the rules of

his Covenant, Abraham chose to suffer and prepare for his sons deathwhich ironically lead to

Isaacs survival. Thanks to the result of Abrahams Test, his descendants placed the advice of the

Lord above their own wants.

Part of Abrahams reasoning behind his struggle was to maintain his Covenant with The

Lord, which would ensure a prosperous future generation. Abrahams instruction was The Lords

way to test Abrahams faith, and when Abraham successfully demonstrated his confidence, The

Lord fulfilled Abrahams Covenant. According to The Bible, The Lord vowed, I will make of

you (Abraham) a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great (71). The

Covenant of Abraham and The Lord is significant because it promises Abraham many blessings

if he obeys The Lord. As The Lords most recent command was to murder his own son,

Abraham must give up the blessing of his life, Isaac, to bless every other one of his descendants,

which is a major, personal struggle. Abrahams successful choice to have faith in The Lord

during his darkest hour influenced many important biblical figures, including Moses. After

witnessing the cruelty of slavery, Moses kills an Egyptian slave owner and quickly flees to the
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countryside to escape punishment and reality. Settled into a comfortable life, Moses is told by

The Lord in a burning bush to leave the safety of the countryside behind and risk his life freeing

the oppressed Hebrew slaves of Egypt. Like Abraham, Moses eventually chooses to heed to The

Lords advice and temporarily struggle by giving up his ideal situation for the welfare of his


In conclusion, Abrahams struggle of giving up his son out of faith to The Lord provided

a backbone for the reasoning of struggle behind faith in the Old Testament. As evidenced in the

story, Abraham and his descendants well-being resulted from both his willingness to listen to

The Lords word rather than to his own thoughts and feelings, and to be willing to make his

greatest sacrifice. Even though he struggled with the decision from the time he was warned until

the moment he raised his blade for sacrifice, ultimately his faith resolved his struggle.
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Viewed as the father figure of three major religions, Abrahams choices during the height of his

struggle serve as for f

aith and morality to billions of people., in turn sealing his Covenant, and ensuring his

descendants countless blessings and The Promise Land.

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No matter the age or condition of the character, a The Lords calling to is certain to spark

adventure, provoke thought, and conquer