Fresh Hope – 1st February 2018

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Think of something that you really love doing. How would you feel about giving that up? It would be tough, right!? Now imagine how Abraham felt when he was asked to give his only son Isaac up?

Abraham actually had to take the test that no parent would ever want to take. Abraham had waited years and years for his son, Isaac. The very fact that Isaac was conceived was a miracle in itself. Not the mention that it was prophesied that he was a “child of promise” and the son through whom God would bless all of Abraham’s future generations. When God asked of Abraham to give up his son by sacrificing him on a mountain-top, it just didn’t make sense! Yet so deep was Abraham`s trust in God, he did just as God asked. In Genesis 22, we see Abraham getting up early, gathering the necessary equipment for the sacrifice and travelling for three days up a mountain. So great was Abraham’s faith that God would come through on His promise that Abraham said to his servants, ‘We will worship there, and then we will come right back’. By ‘we’ he means Isaac and himself.

Just as Abraham trusted his heavenly father, so did Isaac trust his dad. Isaac would have been old enough to know what was going on. He made the three day journey with his Father, and he would have noticed there was no lamb to sacrifice like usual. He would have gathered pretty quickly that he was in fact the sacrifice. Nevertheless, he submitted to his father’s will, trusting him fully.

In the ultimate moment of suspense, God did provide another sacrifice for Abraham. Abraham and Isaac passed the test with flying colours. As a result, nations and generations were blessed and the promise of God was fulfilled.

The purpose of this powerful story is two-fold.

Firstly, through this story we see a foreshadowing of the passionate love of our heavenly father giving his only son as the ultimate sacrifice, and Jesus obediently submitting to the will of the father for us.

Secondly, we are challenged to ask ourselves, ‘Am I willing to give something up if God asks me to, even when it doesn’t make any sense?’ Do you trust God enough? Is my heart always in a position of surrender?

Genesis 22:1-18

Emma Burchell

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