This must be the ultimate test of a man’s faith. Abraham trusted God so much that, without question, he marched his son up a mountain of God’s choosing with the intention if sacrificing him as a burnt offering. When Isaac, points out that they seem to have forgotten the sacrificial animal, Abraham quite calmly replies that The Lord will provide. Then Abraham ties Isaac up, his own son, and prepares to murder him… It seems that Abraham was never actually expecting God to provide another animal. He was ready to give God his son just because he asked for him. Even today we regularly speak of The Lord providing for our needs and that he only provides in the moment we need it etc… But we tend to forget that he also provided us with the one great sacrifice necessary to restore us to him. He send his only son to be the only sacrifice acceptable for the forgiveness of our sins. He send Abraham a ram, but He sent us his Son.
Genesis 22:1, 2, 6-14 NLT
Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Lord and Heavenly Father,
I pray for the faith of Abraham that I may hear your voice and respond: “Yes Lord, here I am.” I pray that I would trust you enough to obey you like Abraham and Noah before him, and do exactly as you ask, holding nothing back. Help me to remember the lamb you sent us to be sacrificed in our place. Thank you Lord, for Jesus who came and taught us and then died instead of us so we might have eternal life! In the beautiful name if Jesus I pray. Amen.
Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 7:15-29, Psalms 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22