"In this passage, God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac and Abraham wasted no time obeying. As the tension mounts in front of the altar, Abraham unwittingly prophesies God’s plan of salvation when he says “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” Not only did God provide the lamb for Abraham, he also provided the Lamb, his only son Jesus Christ as the once and for all sacrifice for our sins." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!"I can't imagine ever being able to pass this test. Why would God ask him to do this? Perhaps we can never have an answer in this life that satisfies us, but I know what God has said in Hebrews Chapter 11 about this situation and Abraham.
"Here I am," he replied.
Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you." (Genesis 22:1-2)
By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him-- and this after he had already been told, "Your descendants shall come from Isaac." Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that's what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar. (Hebrews 11:17-19 as Paraphrased by Eugene H. Peterson in "The Message")Abraham simply trusted God. He remembered and believed everything God had promised. God had told him that his descendants would come from Isaac and Isaac had no children yet. Abraham believed God would resolve this most recent request from God with his previous promise. He understood that God the creator was not limited like he was, but could do anything, even raise Isaac from the dead.
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." (Genesis 22:13-14)By God's mercy and grace he stopped Abraham from even having to kill his only son and provided a ram as a substitution. Perhaps even more meaning and purpose is given to this account if it is viewed in the context of what God was willing to do with His Son for all humankind.
Jesus is the ultimate evidence that God will provide. I need no other evidence.
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