The Ultimate Test of Faith
(Genesis 22: 1,2 And God said "Take now your son, your only son whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you.)
Abraham made preparations and taking Isaac and two of his young men, made the journey to the mountains. Finally, on the third day, stopping at one of the mountains, he told the two young men to wait there with the donkeys and their supplies until he and Isaac should return from worshiping. Abraham took fire and his knife, and placed the wood on Isaac's shoulders, and they walked on into the mountain. The burden of the wood was placed upon the shoulders of Isaac.
When Isaac questioned his father about the lamb for the offering, Abraham said that "God would provide Himself a lamb for the burnt offering".
That statement is the very essence of the Old Testament!; the very substance of Christianity!
As Abraham was ready to strike with the knife, God stayed his hand, and blessed him for not withholding from God. (Genesis 22: 16-18) And God provided a ram - caught in a thicket, and Abraham, this man of faith, offered it up as a burnt offering in the place of his son. So Abraham and Isaac returned to his young men, and they arose and went to Beersheba, and Abraham dwelt there.
And God provided for Himself a lamb for the offering; a parallel to God's offering up His only son, whom He loved, as a lamb in our stead, if we are "men of faith" (as God asking Abraham for faith in Him (a physical requirement) and giving "His Lamb" in Isaac's stead (a Spiritual requirement)). If we trust in His promises and worship Him. Over and over God said "if you......I will". He said over and over for us not to be afraid, that He would be with us. God promised, and God prepared His son;the wood was placed upon Jesus’ shoulders, and God's hand was not stayed! God did not withhold His promises from us!
(Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.)
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