RESPONDING IN FAITH

Scripture Readin: Genesis 22:1-19

“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.” (Genesis 22:9)

As we have seen God was testing Abraham — “Some time later God tested Abraham” (v. 1). What would Abraham do? Would he trust God to spare his beloved son Isaac? Abraham believed God and took the first steps immediately — “Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about” (v. 3).

Upon arriving at Mount Moriah, Abraham believed God would provide a solution to the problem. When Isaac asked his father where the lamb was for the burnt offering, Abraham replied, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (v. 8).

By the time they reached Mount Moriah, I believe Abraham thought he knew what God was going to do. We can read this in the great faith chapter in Hebrews — “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promise was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death” (Hebrews 11:17-19).

Abraham had complete trust in God. He fully submitted his will to the will of God. God interceded and provided the solution for Abraham — “But the Angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said, ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from Me your son, your only son” (vs. 11,12).

The One who spoke to Abraham on Mount Moriah that day is the very one who would provide the ultimate answer to not only Abraham’s problem, but for our problem — “God will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” The Angel of the Lord is also the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Lord Jesus, thank You for being my substitute. You suffered death and hell in my place so that I could be forgiven of my sins and have eternal life. You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

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