14th April 2011

The Lord Will Provide

“God will give us the lamb for the sacrifice, my son.”
Genesis 22: 8 (NCV)

It seems like Abraham already knew in some special way that God would provide a sacrifice on Mount Moriah; the place where he was instructed to take Isaac, his only son, and sacrifice him. We read this amazing account of Abraham the father of the faithful in Genesis 22:1-13 (NKJV).

In verse 2, God tells Abraham, “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.”  Remember Isaac was a miracle baby, born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. He was the child of promise through whom God had said Abraham would become the father of many nations. (Genesis 17:5)

God in his instructions also calls the son by name, Isaac—the name He gave him before he was born (Genesis 17: 19).  Then he adds the phrase, ‘whom you love’. In doing so, God goes out of his way to remind Abraham just how special his son is to him as a father. As they reach Mount Moriah, Abraham leaves his two servants with the donkey (Ch. 22:5), loads the firewood for the burnt offering onto Isaac’s shoulders, and they go on alone. In Verse 7, Isaac asks his father; “where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham replies, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering!” Then, just as Abraham predicted, as he was about to sacrifice his son, God did indeed provide a sacrifice (verse 13).

There are many parallels between Abraham’s son, Isaac, and God’s Son, Jesus. Both had miraculous births, both were named by God before they were born, both were only sons, and both carried the wood of their sacrifice on their shoulders (John 19:17).  The difference was that Abraham’s son was spared and a substitute was found; whereas for God’s Son, there could be no substitute. God, Himself, made him who had no sin, to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The city of Jerusalem is built on four hills.  Moriah is one of them and that’s where Solomon, David’s son, built the Temple of God (2 Chronicles 3:1).  This was later known as the City of David.  So Jerusalem was the place that God sent Abraham to sacrifice his only son, and Jerusalem was the place where God’s only Son was sacrificed! With no reprieve, no other lamb found, because He was, as John the Baptist witnessed—“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  (John 1: 29 NKJV).  Indeed, as Abraham prophetically named that place in Hebrew (Genesis 22: 14 NLT) “Jehovah Jireh—The Lord will provide” and He did!

Loving Father, thank you for your Gift beyond words!”

Study by Cliff Neill

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