28 Sun Dec 2008
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too oldâ€”and Sarah herself was barrenâ€”because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, â€œas many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.â€
Â By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, of whom he had been told, â€œIt is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.â€ He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the deadâ€”and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.