…Or maybe two or more thoughts. In dealing with the book of Genesis we see the creating hand of God, and the journey leads us to death. Now, that does not sound so pleasant, but it is the destination which we all face.
From the first chapter to the end of chapter two we see the wonders of the creating hand of God. Placing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, giving them dominion over all the created order, and giving them one lone commandment – not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The temptation was too great for Eve, and for Adam, and then begins that journey of death, and a journey of life which continues throughout all of Scripture.
In chapter 22 we have seen the faith of Abraham tested even to the offering of the only son who was to be the fulfillment of all of God’s promises to him. Offering Isaac as a burnt offering unto God.
For three days Abraham, Isaac and servants had travelled going toward the place God would show Abraham. On that third day Abraham sees the place “afar off”, and here is what the Word of God says,
“Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:4-6 (KJV)
Without question, Abraham has journeyed without informing Isaac of this test. He has brought all the necessary items, the knife, the wood for the fire, the fire; and Isaac [the sacrifice]. For three days thought has been flooding the mind of Abraham (I am only assuming this because I am a father too), and he must have been thinking, “Surely, if God allows this to go through, He will rasie Isaac again, or He will provide a substitute when we arrive”. We have no way of knowing his thoughts, but can only put ourselves in that same situation.
That “…place afar off” became the city of Jerusalem, and it is believed that this same place, this same mountain [hill], is the place where Jesus was crucified.
Oh that the believer of today had the faith of Abraham. Notice his words to the servants, “I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” Abraham’s heart was set on worshipping God, even in the sacrifice of his son Isaac, yet fully believing that they both would return together.
The father and the son went “…both of them together,” but alone up that mountain to worship, and do the work that only they could do. Many years later God the Father and His Son Jesus would make the journey up this hill for the judgment of all sins. The Father struck His Son in our behalf.
Read Isaiah 52:13 – 53; and Matthew 27:45-46. Jesus Christ is the only sacrifice for sin. He died, was buried, and rose bodily from the grave three days later. Call on His name; trust Him and believe.
-Tim A. Blankenship