“The Lamb Of Sacrifice!”(Gen.22:1-14).
We may be over familiar with the story of how God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice. We like it that Abraham obeyed God and would have sacrificed Isaac if God had not intervened at the last minute.
Questions to ponder: “If God were to ask you today to sacrifice the only child whom you have, would you readily accept to do so? And what would the law say, if you carry out such a sacrifice? Would you not be charged for murder?”
During the time of Abraham the laws were different. Human sacrifice – especially of firstborn sons was normal among the pagan nations.
Today I would prefer we focus on Isaac the sacrificial lamb who was led to the slaughter in ignorance. He actually carried the wood that was to be used to offer him as a burnt offering.
Isaac like any of us had a foreboding and asked his father, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” And Abraham lied to him that “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”
God finally provided, but at that moment when Abraham was saying that God himself will provide the lamb, he knew he was lieing. Innocent Isaac!
Is it possible that after this test Abraham and Isaac still maintained the father and son love that existed before? It is not like Abraham did not love Isaac before the test. Even God knew how much Abraham loved Isaac. He told Abraham, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…”
Isaac is the prototype of Jesus Christ who like a lamb was led to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. The difference being that whereas Jesus knew that he was a lamb for sacrifice, Isaac did not. Besides, where Isaac was a test of Abraham’s faith, Jesus’ case was actual, and was a proof of God’s love for humanity(Jn.3:16).
God loved his only begotten Son in the same way that Abraham loved Isaac his only son. Just as God provided the lamb as a replacement for Isaac, so too he provided his Son as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
In the same way that Isaac obeyed his father, so too did Jesus obey his Father and accepted the cross for our sake. It is the same way Abraham obeyed God and we too must obey God and believe in his Son.
Prayer of the week: Holy Spirit lead me daily to obey the LORD and trust that he will always provide. Amen!
Welcome back to a new working day and week! Have a blessed day and week! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.
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