Tuesday 3 November, 2015

Genesis 22:1-8

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” Abraham replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son. He is the one you love. Take Isaac. Go to the place called Moriah. Give your son to me there as a burnt offering. Sacrifice him on the mountain I will show you.” 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took two of his servants and his son Isaac with him. He cut enough wood for the burnt offering. Then he started out for the place God had shown him. 4 On the third day Abraham saw the place a long way off. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. I and the boy will go over there and worship. Then we’ll come back to you.” 6 Abraham had his son Isaac carry the wood for the burnt offering. He himself carried the fire and the knife. And the two of them walked on together. 7 Then Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said. “But where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them walked on together.

Abraham had no Bible, he had no record of God’s faithfulness, except that which God had done in his own life. So far God had led he and his family through dangerous lands, blessed him materially and given him a son… The beginning of a nation. So when God says something so extreme, Abraham figures that God again will do good, he will provide the sheep for the offering.

I imagine the torment and fear in Abraham’s heart. And Isaac, obediently following his Father, carrying the implements of his own sacrifice, just like Jesus carrying the cross… What was he feeling?

Lord God, please teach me to trust in your faithfulness, to listen to your voice, to step out to do your will and know you can do the impossible. And Lord, thank you that you did provide the Sacrificial Lamb, for all the world, so that we could all walk the walk of faith like Abraham, but with your Spirit inside of us!!! Hallelujah!!! We can live an even closer life with You than he had.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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