Genesis 22 (ESV)
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And 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 they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter 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 lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son . . . Continue Reading
The Lord Will Provide
I’ve always had a hard time with this chapter of the Bible. God tested Abraham and said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2)
What does Abraham do? Does he plead with God for Isaac as he did over Sodom? Would he send his son packing as he did with Hagar and Ishmael? No.
“So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him” (Genesis 22:3)
I realize God was testing him (Genesis 22:1) but Abraham took matters into his own hands in the past many times. For him to arise early in the morning to take his son’s life with his own hands is troubling on so many levels.
Genesis 22:5 stands out as an important verse when Abraham tells his men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” This is a glimpse into Abraham’s faith. He knows all that God promised regarding Isaac but he still obeys God and doesn’t question him.
When I read in Genesis 22:9-10 that Abraham “bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood” and “reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son”, I can’t imagine the terror Isaac must have been experiencing. Until now, I had never considered what Abraham must have been going through himself because I’m too horrified at what Isaac was going through. But I have to wonder in that moment what was he experiencing as he grabbed the knife?
This is certainly one of those times where God’s ways are not my ways.
Thankfully, God provided a sacrifice in the form of a ram caught in the thicket and Abraham named that place, “The Lord will provide” (Genesis 22:14)
This is an obvious foreshadowing of Jesus when the angel of the Lord says, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
Father, help me when I read things in your Word I don’t like. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear when I’m disturbed in my spirit because of what I’ve read. Help me understand where understanding is necessary and help me be at peace when I’m not able to comprehend your ways. Amen.
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,