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Daily Reading: 3rd April 2015

Genesis 22.1-3 cont.

[1] Later on God tested Abraham’s faith and obedience. “Abraham!” God called.

“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”

[2] “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you.”

[3] The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son Isaac. Then he chopped wood to build a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place where God had told him to go – (NLT).

3 God instructs Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Isaac was the son whom God promised to Abraham and Sarah. He was born to them when they were both well passed child bearing age. Therefore, He was God’s miraculous gift to them. He was loved by them. Now God commands Abraham to sacrifice Him.

God was asking Abraham to do what He, Himself, was going to do with Jesus when He sent Him into the world to be our Redeemer and Saviour.

There will be times when God commands us to do the unthinkable; times when He asks us to give up (sacrifice) that which He has given to us. In this we must remember that God has the bigger picture in the palm of His hand.

4 The response of Abraham was to be obedient to the command of God. We do not read of Abraham questioning God, but just of his obedience.

In a far greater way it points to the obedience of Jesus, who came into this world to save us sinners. Paul wrote these great words: in human form He obediently humbled Himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross – Philippians 2.8 (NLT).

Let us also be determined to obey the call of God on our lives, and to do so unquestioningly, and in humility.

5 Abraham made preparation for the sacrifice of Isaac. We must not think that it was an easy thing for Abraham to do. We can only imagine what was going through his mind as he gathered and chopped the wood for the fire.

Jesus also had to prepare Himself to make the greatest sacrifice of all time. In the Garden of Gethsemane He went through such agony that His sweat was like blood:

44 And being in anguish He prayed more intently and His sweat became like thick drops of blood falling down on the earth. 

To make a sacrifice will mean that we have to prepare for it. Just recently 21 men were martyred because they were followers of Jesus. No doubt they prepared themselves as best they could. Also there can be no doubt that the Holy Spirit would have prepared them for their ordeal. Like Jesus, they were most likely ministered to by the angels.

God does not abandon any of His people when we go through trials and tribulations.

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