I started a new bible plan, and I am trusting God to read the whole Bible in three months , did I hear an amen? LOL. While reading Genesis 22, the Holy spirit taught me a very profound lesson and I’m excited that I’m sharing this with us.
In Genesis 22, God decided to test the father of all nation Abraham. And God said to him, “Abraham!”
And as usual he said, “yes!”. Take your son to the land of Moriah and kill your son there as a sacrifice for me. This must be Isaac, your only son, the one you love. Use him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains there. I will tell you which mountains.’’ And Abraham stood up and prepared for this difficult journey, one that will cost him his only child, a child it took hundred years to have.
I have pictured this story in my head so many times, how difficult that night must have been for him, how he had to toss from one side of the bed to another, how he had to ask God for strength to do his will, how he though of what his wife Sarah would feel when she hears the news of the death of her first born child, an only child.
In the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took Isaac and two servants with him. He cut the wood for the sacrifice. They went to the place where God told them to go, Moriah! After they traveled three days, this must have been the most difficult three days of Abraham’s life, but he didn’t give up, he didn’t faint, he kept moving with a broken heart to the slaughter. For me, I like to think these three days Abraham felt intense pain as fatherhood was about to slip off his hands.
Abraham looked up, and in the distance, he saw the place where they were going. Then he said to his servant, ‘’stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go to that place and worship. Then we will come back to you later. At this point Isaac no longer belonged to Abraham, he belonged to God. Could it be that the reason we are not willing to let go and be held by God is because we still claim ownership?
Abraham took the wood that was made for the sacrifice and put it on his son’s shoulder. This is God playing out the sacrifice of the firstborn child in the lives of Abraham and Isaac, God revealing his plans for creation in the beginning. just like Jesus carried the cross on his shoulder, Isaac carried the wood on his shoulder.
Today we can’t say that Abraham is a man that is truly loved and favored by God without mentioning his sacrifice, without mentioning the pain of almost losing his firstborn child, without mentioning his willing heart of obedience. God revealed the end, the finish work of Christ in the beginning. Little Isaac trusted his father to provide the sacrifice, Abraham trusted God. A Songwriter wrote “ if you provide the fire, I’ll provide the sacrifice.” That was Abraham’s story in a song.
Abraham took the special knife and the fire… my emphasis is on Genesis 22 vs 11. But the angel of the Lord stopped him. The angel called from heaven and said, ‘’ Abraham, Abraham!” and Abraham answered, “yes?” (like he said, “yes’’ how may I help you, can’t you see that I am doing my Father’s business?)
The angel said, ‘’ don’t kill your son or hurt him in any way. Now I can see that you do respect and obey God. I see that you are ready to kill your son, your only son, for me.”
What would have happened if Abraham was so focused on doing the will of God, carrying out the instruction that was given to him that he forgets the instructor? This is the problem most believers are having to face these days. We put so much focus on the instruction, we focus on the dreams, the visions, and we tend to leave the instructor out of the business of life. We block our ears with the walls of obedience that we no longer hear Gods voice, we no longer care about further instructions. So, what if He wants you to stop? We have seen that it’s possible for God to stop you because He has seen your broken and contrite heart?
If you remove your eyes from God you will end up with a dead Isaac! Try to pay attention to the instructor as much as the instructions! Before praying about the Abrahamic covenant, think about the Abrahamic experience!
Halleluiah! Remember to always keep your eyes on God, the instructor.
I love this beautiful story about Abraham’s sacrifice: I don’t think I can ever stop learning from it. it’s a different insight every day. Sometimes I can’t help but ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything I have that I can’t give back to him or let go of when he wants me to.
What about you, is there anything you need to ask God to teach you how to let go of, are you ready to pay the price of the Abrahamic covenant? I will love to hear from you and read your comment. You can also subscribe to my newsletter to avoid missing out on all the good stuff. Yes, don’t forget to like this post if it blesses you. Thanks!
Three things you can learn from Genesis 22
- Obedience is costly
- When you keep your eyes on the instructor, you won’t lose yourself in the instruction.
- God will never take away from you anything that is beneficial to your growth, stay focus, and keep your eyes on the instruction, never lose your wonder.