th-71“Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there,” the Father said to his servants. “We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (Genesis 22:5)

The father placed a bundle of wood on the boy’s back while he carried the fire and a knife, and together they set off for the top of the mountain.

“Father,” said the boy as they made their way up a winding trail. “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

“God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Genesis 22:7-8)

It was the only hope Abraham could cling to. He had been commanded by God to go offer his only son — the one he loved more than anything on earth — as a burnt offering to the Lord. What? You’re kidding me. That’s impossible. How could anyone even think of such a thing?

Not only was it the son he loved, it was the son of the promise — the one given to him and his wife as a miracle, way past her childbearing years. In fact, it was the knowledge of that promise that drove the father on. He believed. He knew that whatever happened on that mountain, he and Isaac would be coming back down together. His faith was that strong. He wasn’t bluffing. When he tied his son up, laid him on the wood and raised the knife, he wasn’t expecting God to stop him. He was expecting to run him through, because Hebrews 11 says he believed that God could and would raise him from the dead. After all, it was God’s promise, not his. That’s why he told his servants they would both be back. Still, it must have been the hardest thing Abraham ever did.

Imagine what was running through Isaac’s mind as his father tied him up and laid him on a pile of wood. Did he resist? Did he trust? What did Abraham tell him? Was he completely bewildered?

I believe our walk with God takes us through all these stages. At any given time, we have the potential of feeling all these things. At no point do our feelings indicate that we don’t believe. They merely indicate that we are human. Our faith is what holds it all together.

Imagine the joy with which they both came down the hill that day — the boy skipping ahead and then running back to his slower-moving father, pulling on his arm to move faster, and the father plodding along with a lighter load and an even lighter heart. He had given up his son and received him back. God had provided the lamb, and God has provided a lamb for you and for me. Jesus is the Lamb of God who has taken away our sin. (John 1:29)




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  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Like to add a ” Hallelujah!” to today’s Catch too… 🙂

  2. We will probably never comprehend the faith, and the anguish, of Abraham as he prepared to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God. The Lord’s command was even more difficult because of the great joy at Isaac’s birth that was reflected in his name, which means “he laughs.” Sarah had proclaimed that everyone who heard about Isaac’s birth would join her in laughing with joy.

    But then the command came to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. This was the most severe test of faith anyone has ever been asked to undergo. But Abraham never wavered in his response, beginning the journey early the next morning. Abraham’s answer (Genesis 22:8) to Isaac’s question about a lamb for the sacrifice is a tremendous statement of faith in God’s ability to provide for His people. And God did provide a sacrifice to take Isaac’s place.

    God still tests our faith in many ways today. The fact that He provided what Abraham needed means that God is able to help us meet our test.

    Excerpted from “Journey Through the Scriptures”:

  3. Peter Leenheer says:

    It seems to me Abraham must have been praying the whole journey right to the top of the mountain. Finally he had to tell the boy. What faith that young man had, we don’t read to him objecting to being the sacrifice. No doubt his father’s faith was infectious. I can imagine the most hysterically relieved laughter from Abraham after God put a stop to this. How ironic is that!
    Notably, no record shows that Abraham ever told Sarah! Would she have killed him?
    Surely Abraham’s last words to Isaac before they got home was, “Don’t tell Mom!”

    • Bill in KCK says:

      Hard to imagine that on that morning that Sarah would have let Abraham get anywhere near Issac if she had been told what was going to take place.

  4. Bill in KCK says:

    Of course in Abraham’s time there was no Bible or Old Testament to learn from and know and try to understand God. So God had talked with him and Abraham had been able to witness the impossible things he had been told and to believe in His promises. But noting else in his life up to this point or afterwards had required him to have so much faith in God. But for any father to take his only son to the hill to be sacrificed requires more faith than most of us can understand. And its only by faith and not understanding that centuries later can we realize what God must have had to suffer to sacrifice His only Son for a world full of undeserving sinners to be set free.

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