Genesis chapter 22 gives us a glimpse of God’s reconciliation plan for His elect. Verses 1-3 state, “After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. He 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. So, Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.”
The language in verse two is “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.” This verse gives us a glimpse of John 3:16, which states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
As the story continues, verse 4 states, “On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.” It gives us a glimpse of Luke 24:6-7 “He is not here but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
The next couple of verses chronicles the journey of Abraham and Isaac up the mountain where God showed him. The conversation in verses 7 & 8 depicts three major points, faith, trust, and obedience to Almighty God. They state, “And Isaac said to his father Abraham, My father! And he said, Here I am, my son. He said behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Abraham said God would provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So, they went both of them together.” These verses depict a picture of us inquiring of God in moments of uncertainty. And the reassurance we find in the word of God about His goodness and provision in any circumstance. These two verses also speak to the amazing gift of salvation; God provided it for free. We could not earn it. God did it because of His great love, grace, and mercy that knows no bounds.
The next verse, I would say, is the climax of the story. How will it end? Will he do it? Spoiler alert in verses 11-13 states, “but the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. He said, do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now, I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. And Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in the thicket by his horns. He went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.” I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Genesis 22. God always provides. The question, when was the last time we acknowledged his provision in our lives.
Remember, God loves you, and so do I.