Reminder–God made us in His image.
Attributes we possess, even those that make us appear somewhat vulnerable, like sadness, or sensitivity, come from Him.
In today’s reading from Genesis 22, something happens that most Bible Scholars say is a test of Abraham’s faith. They’d be correct in teaching that.
What’s not discussed as often is how our Father was inspired by Abraham, since He Himself would have to allow the same sacrificial offering a few centuries later of His Son.
The near death of Isaac was God’s “dry run.”
God saw for Himself what emotions a Godly man like Abraham would have to endure.
And, as a far weaker being than God, Abraham literally blew the Father away with His faith.
Here are excerpts from Genesis 22:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a burnt offering”
On the third day Abraham got sight of the place from afar.
As the two walked on together, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham:
“Father!” he said.
“Yes, son,” he replied.
Isaac continued, “Here are the fire and the wood,
but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
“Son,” Abraham answered,
“God himself will provide the sheep for the burnt offering.”
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Next he tied up his son Isaac,
and put him on top of the wood on the altar.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Here I am,” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son.
Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore”
Abraham’s brave and selfless obedience was a foreshadowing of Christ’s death on Calvary.
This story helps us see more clearly that Jesus choosing to die, was as much about the courage of a Father as it was the courage of a Son.
Help us Lord, especially those of us who are dads and moms, with most sincere gratitude, never to forget how it was the love of a family that redeemed the world.
Redemption was and still is, a family affair.