Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac…and set out for the place…On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance…
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together [up the mountain]…Isaac…said…“The fire and the wood are here…but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide…” And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him…
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said, “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Genesis 22: 1-12 (NIV)
If what I see outside my window this morning is any indication of what the day will be like—it’s fixing to be a beautiful day.
But then I read this verse and see that God is talking to me again about putting something on the altar.
It’s a great story if we could just leave it there—as a story—about a father and a son—Abraham and Isaac. But God never seems to do that—he just keeps tapping us on the shoulder until He really gets our attention, until things become uncomfortable. Until something seems to stick, until we change. (more…)