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 (Genesis 22:16-18)
The account of Abraham taking his only son, that was born of his wife Sarah, up on the mountain to sacrifice him to the Lord is an iconic story from the First Covenant. Even after Christ’s first coming, is it still a critical part of the redemption story as we see the strong parallels of this account to Christ himself.
However, what amazes me is the blessing that comes after Isaac’s life is spared and the angel recognizes Abraham for his obedience. If you read the previous chapters in the story, these same blessings were already promised by God to Abraham almost word for word at different times in his life (see Genesis 12:3, 13:16, 15:5). It appears that God called Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son despite all logical reason, to test him and see if he was capable of carrying the responsibly of being the farther of the faith. God never actually wanted Abraham to kill his son, but he did want to see if Abraham was obedient to Him enough to follow His word no matter what the circumstances.
God was also using this as a faith builder for Isaac. Even if Isaac was young, his father standing over him with a knife about to sacrifice him on an alter and an angel showing up and saving him at the last minute is not something that he would have easily forgotten. However, most Bible scholars agree that Isaac was in his thirties at the time of this story, meaning that this supernatural encounter with God’s will would have marked him to be the sole successor of His father’s promises and spiritual responsibilities.
No matter what your circumstances you are facing right now and no matter how things may look, hold on to the promises that God has given you through His Word and through revelation of His Spirit. Abraham had promises from God about his descendants, but I am sure it seemed that those promises were just an after thought while walking his son up that mountain to be killed. However, Abraham kept his faith and never doubted God and his faithfulness moved the hand of God and made a way when there was seemingly no way. Keep the faith brothers and sisters, and no matter what your circumstances are, do not lose sight of the promises that your Father has given to you!
As always, we pray that you use us in anyway you can. We want nothing more then to be an instrument in your hand to be used to see your Kingdom come and your will be done.
I pray for all the saints out there who feel like their promises are lost in a sea of circumstances. May your Spirit make those promises as real to them this hour as they were when they first received them.
Give peace, hope, and perseverance to those who are still waiting for the fruition of your promises. While they are in their time of waiting, let them not grow complacent, but to continue to seek your face and pray for your perfect will to be done.
You are not a God that you would lie, and we thank you that you have never left us, and your promises for us are yes and amen.