Reading: Genesis 22: 1-7
Verse Two: Then God said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac… sacrifice him there”.
Abraham had a tremendous amount of respect for God. They had a very good relationship. Abraham has seen promises of God come true over and over. The capstone of these has been the birth of his son, the heir he finally had, at age 100. Abraham raised the young boy amidst God’s care and protection. Life is truly blessed for Abraham.
Then God says to him, “Take your son, your only son Isaac… sacrifice him there”. The words must have hit him like a ton of bricks. There is no questioning, no reply, no ‘but…’. The text simply tells us that early the next morning Abraham gathered wood and fire and a knife and headed out with Isaac and two servants. Abraham and Isaac leave the servants and donkey behind and continue the journey themselves. As they walk along, Isaac asks, “Where is the lamb?”. Young Isaac senses something is missing: wood, fire, knife. Lamb? It is another hard conversation.
Isaac asks the obvious question. That question must have rolled around over and over in Abraham’s mind. His response is simple: God will provide. Isaac must have had tremendous respect for God too. They turn and continue up the mountain. I cannot imagine the things on Abraham’s mind. Or was nothing on his mind? Did he fully expect God to provide a lamb? Or did he accept the fact that God was asking for the first fruits, the son that God had miraculously provided?
At times God has hard conversations with us too. At times, God asks us to do something that seems extraordinary. At times, He says, “Trust me” and expects us to walk forward in faith. May we, like Abraham, trust and obey God.