The Sacrifice of IsaacIllustration:  “The Sacrifice of Isaac” by Juan de Valdes Leal, 1659. Oil on canvas.

“[God] said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you’” (Genesis 22:2).

Chapter twenty-two of Genesis tells the story of Abraham and his only son, Isaac. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac—to kill him as an offering to God. Abraham probably knew that his son was not the anticipated redeemer of the world. He had heard God’s promise, and it included 400 years of enslavement in a foreign land. Certainly this would not be accomplished in his son’s lifetime. Yet, Isaac, as his only son, was crucial to the promise. When God demanded his sacrifice, Abraham must have been perplexed. Perhaps he heard Satan’s whisper, “Did God really say…?”

But if Abraham heard the whisper, he quickly rebuked it as he proceeded in faith to sacrifice his son. Abraham knew that God keeps His promises. His faith spoke as he assured Isaac, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” (Genesis 22:8). Because of Abraham’s faith, Isaac was spared, a nation was born, and the promise of Messiah fulfilled.

Prayer: Thank You Father, for protecting my faith and providing the Lamb, Jesus, as the substitute for me. I rejoice in Him and await the kingdom to come. Amen.

As We Wait: Focus on God’s faithfulness today as you rebuke Satan’s tempting whispers and wait for God to fulfill His promise.


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