Isaac & Abraham
Many ask why would God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son.
Isaac had a simular question!
And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
The Story is that God tested Abraham by telling him to take his only son, sacrifice him and offer him to our Father (Gen.22:1-2).
And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
(Can you spot Abraham's faith? Faith - substance of things hoped for Evidence of things unseen- Heb.11:1)
As they went up Isaac noticed there seemed to be one thing lacking in order to make the offering (Gen.22:7). After Isaac asked where is the lamb Abraham responded:
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering : so they went both of them together. (John 1:29,36)
Notice this statement didnt condemn Isaac, but rather showed faith in God reguardless of what the situation seemed to be presenting. The words were prophetic. Abraham didnt allow earthly concerns to get in the way of his trust in YHVH. Abraham didnt lean unto his own understanding but rather seeked to embrace the Holy Spirit, and was an instrument of The Spirit Of Truth when he responded to Isaac. Abraham knew God is just, and that obedience to God is always right.
Gen.22:9-18 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Spiritual Israel Gal.3:6,7,8,9,24,25,26,27,28,29/ Rom.2:29/ Gen.22:17-18/ Matt. 3:9 (Lk.3:8) Jn. 8:33-39/ 1 Pet.2:5
Fear (Reverance) of the Lord is the beginning * Psalm 111:10 / Proverbs 1:7 / Proverbs 9:10 * This of course matures into a loving relationship.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love./ Matthew 10:28 / Keep God 1st :)See More
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Rev.4:11
Circumcision of the heart- Rom. 2:28, 1 sam 16:7, Col.2:11-14, Lev. 26:40-42, Deut. 30:6/ 10:12-16, Ps. 51:10-12, Matt. 23:27-28
Zec.12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (*1 Cor.5:6,7,8)
Jn. 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(Heb.2:14)
Heb.13:8 /Jn.8:56 / Melchizedek/