Genesis 22:1-3 —– Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
Abraham had obeyed God many times in his walk with Him, but no test could have been more severe than the one in Genesis 22. God commanded, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering”.
This was an astounding command because Isaac was the son of promise. God had promised several times that from Abraham’s own body would come a nation as multitudinous as the stars in heaven. Later, Abraham was specifically told that the promise would be through Isaac.
How did Abraham respond to God’s command to sacrifice Isaac? With immediate obedience; early the next morning, Abraham started on his journey with two servants, a donkey and his beloved son Isaac, with firewood for the offering.
His unquestioning obedience to God’s confusing command gave God the glory. He deserves and is an example to us of how to glorify God. When we obey as Abraham did, trusting that God’s plan is best, we exalt His attributes and praise Him. Abraham’s obedience in the face of this crushing command extolled God’s sovereign love, His trustworthiness, and His goodness, and it provided an example for us to follow. His faith in the God he had come to know and love placed Abraham in the pantheon of faithful heroes in the Bible.
God asked him to offer his son as a sacrifice, God gave the instruction and Abraham went into action.
Genesis 22: 4 -5 —- Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
Abraham tells the two servant lads that he and Isaac are going to worship and return. Why does he say this? Abraham has just trekked a three-day journey with one purpose in mind: to be obedient to God by offering up his son Isaac.
How then could he possibly return with Isaac? This does not imply that Abraham did not have faith; however, we must consider that perhaps he told his servant lads they would return together so that the servants did not attempt to stop Abraham from following through with the offering.
The test God set before Abraham was designed to enhance his faith.
We must show the same wisdom that Abraham did. If we want to be faithful followers then we must be diligent in removing every obstacle. We must constantly be evaluating our friendships because some people might lead us in the wrong direction.
Are you willing to do whatever you can to walk with God?
If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from HIM.