As a father, there are few stories in the Bible that impact my life more than Abraham’s defining moment. After a quarter-century of going where God told him, God tested Abraham in a way that would literally seal forever their relationship and change the world. God called Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Not by simply sending him off to war, but, he was directing Abraham to perform the ritual sacrifice for atonement using Abraham’s spotless lamb–Isaac, as the sacrificial lamb. Abraham was grieved, shocked and hopeful all at the same time. He knew that God had made a promise–Isaac would be the patriarch for the kingdom of priests–so, how was God going to both keep his word, and allow the sacrifice.
The answer was simple–Abraham truly KNEW that God had a plan. He KNEW that God would spare his son. He moved forward with all the strength he could muster to carry out God’s test–but, he knew God and knew that God would not break covenant, would not condone the killing of such a precious son, and he knew that God would provide–as he had their entire journey. No doubt, Abraham was stressed and stretched to the maximum of his capacity. As he bound his son, laid him on the alter and raised the knife–he must have had a second or two of angst. But, as one who passionately and completely trusts the Lord, he raised the knife–all the while fully expecting God to provide.
Abraham modeled true faith–“all in” to the end. In our walks, many times we trust God for the majority of our decisions, provision, security and direction–yet, God does not set the trust on a continuum. He calls us to trust him completely; to act consistent with his character. He loves us, wants to have fellowship with us and will never forsake us. He will, however, allow us to grab the controller and attempt to run ur own lives. When he does, we lose trust in him and rely upon faith in others; or worse, ourselves. That course is always doomed to failure and utter destruction. Be confident–God will act consistently with his character–flawless, loving and with our eternal interest in mind.
God Bless You
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and 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 went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”