This morning I went to a bible study with, again as my sister’s and I would call her, our Bff Bethy. She really isn’t my bff in reality and her real name is Beth Moore but we would like to think she is our friend….but anyway, as she was speaking she was moving us into Genesis and then as she said the dreaded, chapter 22 thing, I wanted to get up and walk out or stick my fingers in my ears, close my eyes, and sing real loud la, la, la, la,la……as to drowned her out so that I didn’t have to GO here! But decided to be a big girl and stick it out and so glad I did for she brought some new things to light for me as well as a discussion with the group that maybe the next time this verse passes by me I am not wanting to RUN!
This is the chapter in which the Lord asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, yah, that one! I get the picture in my head that goes something like this and then with my own thought pattern something like this:
Our Father asked Abraham whom He loved very much to sacrifice his only son. Beth described Jesus asking Abraham to do this like we would ask our children to do something that we REALLY wanted them to do. I picture it as if looking my child in the eye, nose to nose, hands on face and saying, “PLEASE do this!” This is where, seriously, I want to say ” yes,” but the reality of it is, that I don’t know if I could do this even for my Lord and Savior.
I am thinking, Abraham just said “yes” just like that……what kind of father would be so willing to give up his son without a question? But, as Beth pointed out, in the past Abraham ALWAYS asked questions. He knew how to ask a question. So, this is where obviously He knew his Lord and Savior so well that he was willing to do whatever he asked. I want to know and TRUST our Father that much too.
I think it dawned on me after Beth pointed this out to me, that Abraham went into this with total FAITH that once he obeyed, that our Lord would raise his son up from the dead. For he told his servants to wait for he and his son would be back. So this, in Abraham’s mind, gave him the nerve to do this. He BELIEVED that Jesus would redeem the situation.
So, I read this a bit differently now, Abraham had a major relationship with Jesus before this scenerio, so much so, that he was willing to do anything for the Lord. He obeyed, he had faith that the Lord would make this right, he believed! He was so in tune with the Lord he heard Him on the first call of his name, and answered “yes” without hesitation. And our precious Lord did bless him because of his OBEDIENCE! I always tell the Lord, I want to be obedient to what you have for me because I don’t want to ever be in a place where He wanted to bless and couldn’t because I wouldn’t.