1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” 2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Genesis 22:1-2
Every night, Martin Luther would gather his family and read a story from the Bible for family devotions. One night, he read the account in which God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. When Luther had finished reading the story of Abraham and Isaac, his wife, Katrina said, “I don’t believe it! How could God ask Abraham to do such a thing to his son? God would certainly not treat His Son like that!” Luther replied, “But Katrina, He did.” It’s true. This remarkable Old Testament story of a father’s willingness to offer up his son is a journey of redemption and sacrifice. What is redemption? What does it mean for Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac? Abraham undergoes the most
intense and painful trial of faith anyone could imagine. No one could watch Abraham binding his son Isaac to the altar without feeling his heart-break. About twenty years have a elapsed since the end of Genesis 21. For twenty years, Abraham experienced blessed fellowship with God. His son Isaac has been with him— the delight of Abraham’s heart and the joy of Sarah’s life. Suddenly, like a meteor striking out of a clear blue sky, this command from God comes to Abraham. The old man can’t believe his ears. God asks the ultimate from his servant Abraham. No more shocking and horrifying command has ever been issued from God to man. Moriah was a holy mountain to Israel. It was the place that Solomon built the temple and the present site of the dome of the Rock. This command was a test. What are the tests awaiting you today? Just as God met Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah, He will meet you today. Take time this morning to seek the presence of God in your heart and life. You are not alone, your never alone. I’m praying for you this morning.