WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I READ THE BIBLE
We know God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac was a test, but to Abraham it was emotionally devastating. Not only the loss of his son, but the loss of the promises God had made to Abraham. God had told Abraham that all the blessings would come through Isaac. How was Abraham to reconcile this in his mind? The promises were to come through Isaac, yet God was about to take Isaac from Abraham? How could this be? But with each step up the mountain, faith in God’s promises outweighed fear. This is when Abraham answered Isaac’s question, “…where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 22:7). Abraham, knowing not how this would end but, fully trusting God to fulfill His promise of blessing through Isaac said, “God himself will provide the lamb...” (vs. 8). We have already studied the parallels between Isaac and Jesus in Post 81, but this is where the two stories part. Isaac represented what was to come when Abraham said God would provide the lamb for sacrifice. Jesus represents what was fulfilled. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NIV).