Minister Speaks: An amazing story

Have you ever looked closely at Genesis chapter 22, where Abraham is tested by God to see how far his obedience and love would take him? God tells Abraham to take his only son Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah. Abraham has a deep faith in God. He knows that his son, Isaac, is the child of promise. He was born when Abraham was 100 years old. He loves his son.

The story says that early one morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son, Isaac. They traveled for a time and then they collected the firewood for the sacrifice. The scriptures tell us that Abraham had his two servants wait in that place while he and Isaac went off to worship the Lord.

Young Isaac, about thirteen years old, asked his father, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered that God himself would provide for the burnt offering.

Abraham is totally prepared to go through with offering his son as a sacrifice to the Lord. He even gets to the point of raising the knife to end his son’s life; when just in the nick of time, a voice comes from heaven —“Abraham, Abraham, do not lay a hand on the boy. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son!”

As Abraham looked up there in the thicket, he saw a ram caught by its horns, and the ram became the sacrifice.

Have you ever noticed the parallels between Abraham and God the Father in this story? Abraham had a very special son, a son of promise, his only son. God the Father sent his son, his only son for a very special purpose. Isaac must have loved his father because it does not seem that he tried to protest or put up a fight. Jesus also submitted his life for a sacrifice in complete obedience to the will of the Father. Isaac carried the wood for his own burnt offering, just as Jesus carried his own cross to Calvary.

I should interject here that the Apostle Paul tells us that Abraham had faith in God’s promise that he would be the father of a great nation —even to the point of believing that, if need be, God could raise Isaac from the dead. God the Father did raise his son from the dead — bodily so that sin and death would be defeated.

One more parallel that I see is that it was Mount Moriah that later became the Mount on which Jerusalem was built upon. So, Abraham was prepared to offer his son as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah and God did offer his only Son as a sacrifice for the whole world at Calvary (i.e. Mount Moriah). It is one amazing story.

Grace and peace to you.

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Doug Hasty is the pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha.

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