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“Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.” (Genesis 22:8)
God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. The heart-rending, faith-testing story begins with a journey. Two servants, a donkey and Isaac accompany Abraham on the trek. At one point, the father and son go on alone. That’s when Isaac asks, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (22:7)
How could Abraham answer his son’s question? In faith, he replies, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (22:8) At that moment, Abraham had no idea how God would provide, nor did he realize that Jesus Christ would fulfill the prophetic words he spoke.
You see, not only did God provide a ram for Abraham to sacrifice, instead of his son Isaac (Genesis 22:13); He also provided the perfect Lamb as a sacrifice for our sins.
The New Testament tells us:
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29)
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Although we sinned and deserved the punishment of death, God Himself provided the Lamb. Jesus became a sin offering for us. His perfect life and innocent death atoned for our sins.
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing the Lamb–Jesus Christ–as the atoning sacrifice for my sin. Holy Spirit, change me through this great truth. Amen
Questions: Why should we remember Abraham’s willingness to offer his son? How does knowing that the account of Abraham and Isaac foreshadows Jesus’ sacrifice change your understanding of the Old Testament story?