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Heb. 11:17-19

17 By faith [pistis] Abraham [Abraam], when he was tried [peirazo], offered up [prosphero] Isaac [Isaak]: and [kai] he that had received [anadechomai] the promises [epaggelia] offered up [prosphero] his only begotten [monogenes] son,
18 Of [pros] whom [hos] it was said [laleo], That [hoti] in [en] Isaac [Isaak] shall [kaleo] thy [soi] seed [sperma] be called [kaleo]:
19 Accounting [logizomai] that [hoti] God [theos] was able [dunatos] to raise him up [egeiro], even [kai] from [ek] the dead [nekros]; from whence [hothen] also [kai] he received [komizo] him [autos] in [en] a figure [parabole]. KJV-Interlinear

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, 'In Isaac your descendants shall be called.' 19 He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type. NASB

Before Abraham was going to be tested by God, through the offering of his only son, Isaac, Abraham knew a great deal of doctrine.

He knew that murder was a sin. He knew that he would have a lot of descendants. He knew that his descendants would come through his only son, Isaac. He knew that the proper sacrifice was by using an animal, not a human being. He knew that the promised savior was both God and man, and He would come to offer Himself as a sacrifice at some point in the future.

Also, Abraham, knew that even if Isaac was to die, it would not be he who would take his life, but God would intervene somehow, and that Isaac would have to come back to life, if Gods promise of future generations was to be fulfilled. Without Isaac, that promise would have been a lie.

And last, Abraham told his wife Sarah, that he and the boy were going to the mountain to offer a sacrifice and that 'they' would both return.

Abraham knew that this test was a demonstration of that which God would do in the offering of His own only Son, in behalf of mankind, for the salvation of mankind.

This story of the test of Isaac's offering is covered in Gen. 21-22.

Noah showed that he was able to endure his faith for a very long time, during the 120 year building of the ark. Abraham here demonstrates the depth of his knowledge in doctrine and the depth of his trust and therefore his faith in God.

Abraham had traveled from Ur to the promised land in Canaan. He left sin in pursuit of faith.

Abraham waited on the Lord, to give him a son, even beyond the complete disappearance of his ability to have children.

Abraham believed in the power of God and in His ability to do what He says He will do. With God, nothing is impossible.

Abraham believed in what God said. He approached his spiritual life in a positive and confident manner.

Abraham demonstrated his faith through the proof of his actions. He obeyed Gods commands.

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