Thursday, January 12, 2017

DAILY far up the mountain would you go?

It was a test of faith that NO parent would want to face. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. The only son given to Abraham and Sarah, so why would God wait until late in their lives to bless them with a son if He was only going to snatch him away?

It must have been a long, solemn walk up that mountain for Abraham. Isaac wondered where the lamb for sacrifice was, all the while, Abraham believed that God would provide...

(Genesis 22:7,8) Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” "Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

I cannot even imagine that moment; even as Abraham tied his only son and laid him on the altar with the knife raised, even in THAT moment, Abraham still trusted God.

God spared Isaac that day, as we read in our daily scripture reading today, but isn't that exactly what God did for you and me? He spared us while He gave His only Son to die for all who would believe in Him.

I wonder, if it had been up to us to bring the sacrifice - how far up the mountain would we have gotten?


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 21-23, Matthew 7:1-11, Psalm 9:1-8.

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