Now we want to look at one of the most gut wrenching situations in human living. We find it in Genesis 22. We read……
“….God tested Abraham and said to him, ‘Abraham!’, And he said, ‘Here I am’. 2) He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you’.
SHOCKING thought. We move right on to verse 3 without any comment from Abraham as to what or why.
3) So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey and took two of his young men with him and Isaac, his son, and he split wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
Take a moment and think about what has happened in verses one and two. No tears – no distress – did Abraham talk to Sarah and tell her what was expected of him to do with Isaac – – nothing.
4). On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.
They travelled for three days and two nights. What was thought about during those pitch black nights with sparkling stars every where. Do you wonder what he was thinking. What was the conversation between him and his young men AND Isaac. Was there any!!!!
Now the most interesting, interesting, interesting verse comes to light.
5) Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you‘.
Wait a minute! WHAT!!!! WE. Did you get that!!!! WE will worship and return to you. But. But. Butttttttt. What about the sacrifice??????????
6) Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.
WHAT was going through their minds. I can’t even imagine what Abraham was thinking.
7) Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said ‘My father!’. And he said, ‘Here I am, my son’. Behold the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’
8). Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son. So the two of them walked on together.
I have no words as to describe how Abraham still at that moment was thinking. None at all.
9) Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the alter, on top of the wood.
10) Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11). But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said ‘Abraham Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am’.
12). He said, ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me’.
13). Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.
The footnotes in my NASB for vss. 7 and 8 read, Isaac’s confidence in Abraham and Abrahams consideration for Isaac are striking.
I John 1:29, we read, “The next day he (John) saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’.”
I want to take you over to the “By Faith” Chapter, Hebrews 11, verse 17-19. “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 people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.”
My footnotes read, This was a severe test, for only through Isaac could Abraham have received the promises of the Lord. We are reminded in vss. 16-18 That God assures Abraham that His covenant with him would be fulfilled.
My own thots right now. I do know God spoke to Abraham, which is a bit different from us taking the Word of God “by faith” in our generation. However. It does seem to me that with God having spoken clearly to Abraham, he had such a strong faith in God that whatever He would say to him, no matter what it was, he would believe it and “go for it”. But I have to admit that as in all Scripture the “laundry” of any “wash” is not shown. I believe the reason for that is to not get us off on a tangent and forget who God is and always will be.
And guess what!!!!!!! We move right on the Word with the death and burial of Sarah.
Dear God! Increase my faith!!!!!!!!!!! No dilly dallying around. Just move within my life as You see fit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!