My text will come from Genesis 22 verse 2. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Abraham was a man of faith and he was called “the friend of God.” A great man but even he had his trials.
God had told him to offer his only son up for a sacrifice just to see if he was willing to do it. Just to see if he loved God more than his family. Just to see if he would put God first.
God gave him a specific place (Moriah) and time (3 days) to do it. It must have been a long 3 days.
Abraham was well up in years and didn’t even think he would ever have a son between him and Sarah but through a miracle of God he had a son in his old age. That boy was his crown and joy. But then the unthinkable happened. God wanted to see who he loved the most and God made this request. A tremendous test for any man.
Abraham does the unthinkable, at least from our standpoint and offers his son up but at the last second the Lord calls him and stops him. He passed the test.
Honestly I know I would not have passed the test. I have a son, an only son that lives in the Houston area and though I don’t get to see him as much as I would like I could not even think of offering him up.
What was all of this about? Well the answer is the good news.
God saw that if a man out of love for God would be willing to offer his only son up at the Lord’s request then God could and would do the same thing. God gave his only Son to be offered up to pay for our sins so we could have a home in Heaven with Him forever. 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. Praise the Lord!
See—that’s what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us.
I am thankful for “Thine only Son” that took my place on the cross so that I could live forever in Heaven with Him.
Thank God that he provided himself as the “Lamb of God” which “taketh away the sin of the world.”