READING Genesis 22:1-18
Reading a story about God asking someone to sacrifice their only child can be confusing, and frankly, dark. But the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac is an indication of two beautifully important things: first, God doesn’t ask us to do anything He wouldn’t willingly do for us; and second, even this early on in Scripture, God already knew the way in which He was going to restore us to Himself. The story of Abraham and Isaac is a glorious foreshadowing – only in the final story, the Son doesn’t get a last minute, hail Mary rescue. He loses His life so that we can find ours.
And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. (Genesis 22:15-17)