The Covenant With Abraham: Part 5Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., February 15, 2015
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.
One of the most amazing stories in all of the Old Testament is the account of the sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham. Genesis 22:1-14 records the drama that unfolded on Mount Moriah, the eventual site of Solomon’s temple in the city of Jerusalem. In response to an unthinkable command from the Lord, Abraham made preparations to offer his own son, the son of the covenant promise, as a burnt offering to the sovereign God who had saved and called him as the father of a new nation. The Lord instructed the patriarch to destroy the very one in whom the promises of Genesis 12 would be fulfilled. Certainly this made no sense at all, and yet at every point Abraham offered unhesitating obedience. Of course, in the end, the God whose very name is ‘Yahweh our Provider’ supplied another sacrifice. A ram strangely caught in a nearby thicket would take the place of Isaac and set the stage for the appearance of another Substitute, the very Lamb of God whose death 2000 years later would take away the sins of the world.
1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5And 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, 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7And 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? 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9And 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. 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12And 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. 13And 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. 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (KJV)