7. Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” 8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:7-8;12 NLT
Why did God ask Abraham to perform human sacrifice? Pagan nations practiced human sacrifice, but God condemned this as a terrible sin (Leviticus 20:1-5). God did not want Isaac to die, but he wanted Abraham to sacrifice Isaac in his heart so it would be clear that Abraham loved God more than he loved his promised and long-awaited son. God was testing Abraham. The purpose of testing is to strengthen our character and deepen our commitment to God and his perfect timing. Through this difficult experience, Abraham strengthened his commitment to obey God. He also learned about God’s ability to provide.
It is difficult to let go of what we deeply love. What could be more proper than to love your only child? Yet when we do give to God what he asks, he returns to us far more than we could dream. The spiritual benefits of his blessings far outweigh our sacrifices. Have you withheld your love, your children, or your time from him? Trust him to provide. (Life Applications Study Bible)
I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you. The three-day journey (v. 4) afforded much time of reflection upon God’s commands but, without wavering or questioning the morality of human sacrifice or the purposes of God, Abraham confidently assured his servants of his and Isaac’s return and went ahead with arrangements for the sacrifice (v. 6). Hebrews 11:17–19 reveals that he was so confident in the permanence of God’s promise, that he believed if Isaac were to be killed, God would raise him from the dead (see notes there), or God would provide a substitute for Isaac (Gen. 22:8). (John Macarthur)
We have spoken at length about the blessing of Abraham. That blessing is ours through Christ. God promised Abraham he would be blessed with many descendants. Can you imagine Isaac was born and Abraham was already 100 years old? Sarah Isaac’s mother was way past childbearing years.
We have said this many times before as well, the Christian walk is one of Faith. We are to trust God for everything. He will always provide.
I am sure you remember this story described above. Abraham had to wait a 100 years for a son then later God asks him to sacrifice that son. Its estimated that Isaac was around 30 years old.
There are a couple of principles at play here. Firstly Abrahams obedience. He is called to a task and immediately responds without questioning. He has obviously understood that the Lord will provide. He still had to walk by Faith. His consideration was if he killed Isaac God would raise him from the dead.
The next thing that comes to my mind, consider the time it took for them to get to the mountain. How many times must he have questioned this decision and what he was doing? It even went so far as Isaac questioning him. How many times do we do things and then over time we justify them in our minds. Instead of being obedient. The first thing that comes to mind is thieving. In this modern world part of our blessing is money. Yet, we struggle to part with it. Its only money, it’s not our son or dog. The Bible is very clear on this matter, faithful over little ruler over much. (Luke 16:10)
So the Question is what will you give up to prove your Faith? What is your Isaac? I am already justifying things in my head. Here’s a testimony. When I got saved in April 2012, I went to Bible Conference at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. A friend of mine Reid Corin invited me. The significance that the Speaker that day, an Accountant from London, who gave up his 1 Million Pound a year job, to come and preach the Gospel to people in Cape Town was telling his story. What a sacrifice. It impacted me that he gave all that up, to come and struggle in Cape Town. The following day I listened to a Sermon on John 8:32 – about knowing the truth. Grant the Pastor that day, was an ex-drug addict. That’s the day God touched my heart and all I could think about if they can, two vastly contrasting testimony’s, then I can.
“I thank God for choosing me to do his work. Amen.”