Skip to comments.Abraham and Isaac [Devotional]
Posted on 03/31/2009 3:41:25 AM PDT by tenger
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. Hebrews 11:17-19
When you first read the story of God coming to Abraham and telling to offer up his son as a sacrifice, you're puzzled by it. For one thing, why would God do ask such a thing? and Why would Abraham attempt to do such a thing? But of course we've read the entire story and can see what God was doing. Even as I read it a dozen times, I'll always pause when he lifts the knife to slay his son. How difficult that must have been for him to do that. What kind of faith did it take to do that? It's something we hope we're never faced with.
We see Abraham and Isaac as a "type." Fast forward many many years and we see another Father offering to sacrifice his son for an ungrateful people. It boggles the mind why the Father would do that to His Son and why the Son just took it. Quite frankly, at any moment during Jesus' time on earth, He could have called a host of angels (and several additional thousands on standby) to come and sweep Him away. This time, though, the Father allowed His Son to be bloodied and killed.
And for what?
Yeah, for you and me.
JN 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
JN 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
JN 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
JN 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
JN 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
JN 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
JN 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
JN 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
JN 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
JN 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
JN 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
JN 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
PS 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
PS 22:2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
PS 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
PS 22:4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
PS 22:5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
PS 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
PS 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
PS 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
PS 22:9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
PS 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
PS 22:11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
PS 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
PS 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
PS 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
PS 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
PS 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
PS 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
PS 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
PS 22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
PS 22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
PS 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
PS 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
PS 22:23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
PS 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
PS 22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
PS 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
PS 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
PS 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’s: and he is the governor among the nations.
PS 22:29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
PS 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
PS 22:31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son.”
Abe said “Man, you must be puttin’ me on.”
God said “No.”
Abe said “What?”
God said “You can do what you want to, but,
The next time you see me comin’ you better run.”
Well, Abe said, “Where you want this killing done?”
God said “Out on Highway 61.”
-Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Blues
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