Reading: Genesis 22: 1-14
Verse 12: Now I know that you fear God, because you did not withhold from me your son.
As our story continues, Abraham and Isaac reach the mountain. Abraham proceeds to build an altar and arranges wood on it. As he is doing this, I wonder what is going through his mind. Is he trying to think a way out? Is he thinking of all the ways that God has blessed him? Is he thinking of the promise? Or is he praying? Or is his mind a blank?
Then Abraham binds up his only son and lays him on the altar. Isaac, at some point, became aware of the answer to his question: where is the lamb? I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in Abraham’s position. I would have probably been more like Jonah – running away, looking for a place to hide. Abraham’s faithfulness is amazing to me. His obedience to God is unflinching.
Just as he raises the knife to make the sacrifice, God calls out. At just the last second, God intercedes. Our passage begins with, “some time later God tested Abraham”. Indeed. Abraham passed the test and in the next verses, the angel of the Lord again renews the promise.
At times we too are put to the test. Sometimes our test seems just as big as sacrificing one’s own son. So at times we can relate. We can also look back and see when we were put to the test. And we can see how God provides and how God is faithful. Thanks be to God.