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Daily Reading: 5th April 2015

Genesis 22.6-12

[6] Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the knife and the fire. As the two of them went on together,

[7] Isaac said, “Father?” “Yes, my son,” Abraham replied. “We have the wood and the fire,” said the boy, “but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?”

[8] “God will provide a lamb, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both went on together.

[9] When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood.

[10] And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the LORD.

[11] At that moment the angel of the LORD shouted to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” he answered. “I’m listening.”

[12] “Lay down the knife,” the angel said. “Do not hurt the boy in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from Me.” (NLT).

8 Isaac was the one who carried the wood for his own sacrifice, though he did not know he was the potential sacrifice.

Jesus, after he had been stripped, beaten with the Roman whip (40 lashes), had His own wooden cross thrust upon His shoulders. The alter on which He was to become the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

9 In his innocence Isaac begins to think about where they are to get the sacrificial animal. Presumably he was unaware of the command that God had given to Abraham that it was Isaac who was the intended ‘sacrificial lamb’. Again, Abraham shows his faith in God to spare him the loss of his son of promise, by telling Isaac that God will provide.

Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized and John saw in Him the merciful and loving provision of our Heavenly Father to provide the one and only sacrifice for sins. Therefore, he proclaimed: “Look, the Lamb of God, the One taking away the sin of the world” – John 1.29. In Jesus God has made the provision for us to be forgiven and so receive eternal life.

God is our great provider. All that we have comes from Him. He provides all that we need, not necessarily all that we want. His word tells us: His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life – 2 Peter 1.3 (NLT).

10 Isaac submits himself into the hands of his father, just as Abraham submitted himself into the hands of our Father God. Both were prepared to lose what was most precious to them, for the sake of being obedient. Abraham was prepared to lay down the heir to the promise God had given to Him. Isaac was prepared to lay down his life, which was a young life.

As we have seen the obedience of Jesus led Him to lay down His life to save His sheep (those who receive Him as Lord and Saviour).

Let us also be so devoted to Jesus that we will make whatever sacrifices He calls us to make.

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