SACRIFICE ISAAC BIBLE STORY
Greetings, Daily Bread readers. This is one of the better
recognized stories in the Bible from the book of Genesis. Many people,
when they hear the name Abraham, identify him with this story.
There was a day when the Lord tested Abraham. He called out to
him and Abraham answered, Here I am. God said to him, take your only son
Isaac who you love, and go the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt
offering (a sacrifice) on a mountain. I'll show you where.
Did you read that? God referred to Isaac as Abraham's only
son. This is a big hint as to whom God's promise would be with later in
the Bible. Another interesting fact is that God sacrifices HIS only Son
(Jesus) later in the Bible. Keep that in mind as ya read on.
After all the time that Abraham and Sarah waited for Isaac, and all the
hope, and the joy they must have had to finally have their dreams come true
... That God would ask for Isaac's life, and for Abraham to kill him,
ya gotta know it was heart wrenching. Can
you imagine the courage, faith and strength that Abraham had to have?
Why would God promise that Isaac would inherit the promise, and then have
Abraham sacrifice him? Abraham's faith in God was so strong, and his love
for God was so loyal, that all he knew to do was obey without question.
Now that my friends, is love. Paul said it best, in
1 Timothy 1:5, The bottom line is to love unconditionally and to have
faith unfeigned. What is that ... Faith unfeigned? To feign is to pretend,
so unfeigned faith is real, sincere, genuine, heartfelt, honest, authentic,
earnest, unaffected, undoubted, faith. And that's the exact kind of faith
that Abraham had.
Abraham got up early and took a donkey and two of his workers
with him, and Isaac, his beloved son, and they split the wood for the burnt
offering and then left for the land of Moriah.
On the third day that they traveled, when Abraham could see the
place from a distance, he told his workers to stay there with the donkey and
that he and Isaac would be going further on to worship, and they would
return for them later.
Isaac carrying the wood, and Abraham carrying the torch and the
knife, they went together to the place God spoke of. Now Isaac didn't know
what was going to happen, but he knew what a burnt offering was and he said
to Abraham ... I see the fire and the wood, but where's the lamb
for the burnt offering? Abraham answered; God will provide the lamb.
When they reached the place which God told him of, Abraham built
an altar there, and laid the wood neatly on top. He tied Isaac and laid him
on top of the wood. And then Abraham lifted the knife to kill his son for
Just then, an angel of the Lord called out to him and said,
Abraham, Abraham, don't touch the boy. Now I know, that you love God more
than anything, and that you would give your favorite thing in the world.
This brings back a remembrance of the story of Abel's gift to
God and how pleased He was with it. Even more precious must have been
Abraham's willingness to give Isaac to God.
And God certainly did provide the sacrifice. Abraham looked and
there was a ram caught by the horns in the brush behind him, so he took the
ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of Isaac.
Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham again. And He
confirmed His promise once again and said, Because you didn't hold back your
son, your only son, I will bless you and make your descendants as
many as the stars of the Heaven and as the sand on the sea shore and they
will own the land of their enemies and in them, all the nations of the earth
will be blessed because you obeyed my voice.
The REAL story behind the scenes is how God DID sacrifice His Son for our
sins. This story was a shadow of things to come. Check out the Jesus Story
to learn of the TRUE Ultimate Sacrifice.
You can see why this story is a well remembered one. There are many more to
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