Doesn’t every finale involve a cliffhanger ending?
Well we get one with our journey alongside Abram who has now become Abraham. We’re ending our series on Progress God’s Way with a look at Genesis 22.
Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father…The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” ~ Genesis 22:7
After twenty five years Abraham’s promised son, Isaac, was born. Then, when he was still a young boy, God asks Abraham to do the unthinkable: take Isaac and sacrifice him.
Genesis 22:1 tells us that God tested Abraham. This word can be interpreted “to prove.” We know God looks at man’s heart (1 Samuel 16:7 for one example). So why did God need to test Abraham?
Abraham’s obedience proved to Abraham himself that God was first and last for him. His relationship had progressed to the point of knowing:
God keeps promises
God has purposes
God can do anything
First mentions. Three pivotal words are revealed for the first time in Genesis 22. First mentions can frame our understanding if we will study them.
Love – verse 2. This word is used in connection with a father’s love for a son. It is connected to sacrifice.
Worship – verse 5. This word is used by Abraham, stating he and Isaac will both go and worship and both return. the statement is full of faith. The action was personal, active, and costly.
Obey – verse 18. This word describes Abraham’s response to God’s voice. The action brings blessing, to self and to others. It was hard, and it hurt. It didn’t make sense.
God introduces us in scripture to worship with the details of Abraham’s life. God blesses us with the ultimate picture of worship through “the promised seed” – being Christ- and the love and obedience He spilled on calvary for us.
Jesus is our substitute, just as God provided a substitute offering for Isaac that day. Christ is the Worthy Lamb, slain in place of my sin. And in place of all who will call on His name. (See Romans 10:8-13)