This post is Day 22 in a series of studies about “Mountains”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Mountains – Day 22
This is one of the saddest verses and mountain experiences in the Bible. But there is so much to learn from this situation. Abraham was used to hearing from God, and had a reputation for obedience. But when he heard this, he must have asked himself if he was mistaken.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
This is one of the saddest verses and mountain experiences in the Bible. But there is so much to learn from Abraham’s situation. Abraham was used to hearing from God, and had a reputation for obedience. But when he heard this, he must have asked himself if he was mistaken. God couldn’t be asking him to kill his own son could He?
But yes, that was the test Abraham had to go through, not just for himself, but for all of us thousands of years later.
As you read this verse slowly, hear God’s emphasis. Take your son. Abraham actually had two sons, but the first (Ishmael, born of a servant) was no longer living at home. God was clear which son He was referring to, but still He qualified it: Your only son! That would be Isaac.
Up to that point I’m sure Abraham was happy to hear and obey, but the next phrase must have shocked him to the core.
“Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering!”
Few of us have ever had to face such a challenge. Abraham did well in his disciplined answer to Isaac climbing the mountain at his side when Isaac asked where the lamb was that they were going to sacrifice! Abraham replied with confidence, that God would provide (Genesis 22: 6-8). And He did!!
Read Genesis 22 today and imagine all the emotions involved In that episode.
The father and son off on a adventure together.
The seriousness of the sacrifice they were to make.
Isaac’s question, Abraham’s response.
Isaac’s discovery that he was the sacrifice!
The relief of hearing the voice of God giving the solution.
The joyful descent back home.
Praise God today for His answers to EVERY problem.