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Abraham Offers Isaac

July 14, 2013

Abraham offers Isaac Caravaggio Painting

Lately God has revealed to me more about this sacrifice of which I have always had a hard time understanding. The first revelation came while reading “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer. Tozer explains Abraham finally had the boy of which God promised him 100 years earlier so he could father a nation of believers. This boy, born from a 90 year old woman, was the apple of his dad’s eye and heart. Abraham whom had always placed God first in his life now had his all and all vested in his son Isaac. Abraham was prepared to do as God requested but Abraham also knew God had already made a promise of fathering the believers. Somehow Abraham figured God would intervene and thankfully did. Abraham learned of possessions of which all things belong to God. The secret being we have to let go/give in order to receive. So Abraham possessed nothing, yet was not this poor man rich? “Everything he had owned before was his still to enjoy: sheep, camels, herds, and goods of every sort. He had also his wife and his friends, and best of all he had his son Isaac safe by his side. He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret.”

The second revelation came from reading from Collins Bible Handbook, “It was customary, in dire circumstances, to sacrifice first-born children to the local deities or Baals in the land of Canaan. In this story God refuses to allow Abraham to sacrifice his son – a sure sign that child-sacrifice was not pleasing to the God of the Bible. In this dramatic story Abraham’s faith in the Lord is tested to the utmost. It remains firm. Abraham’s supreme trust in God was an example for generations to come.”

I do not pretend to understand the bible, but I do believe if I study hard enough things will be revealed to my understanding.

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  1. August 8, 2013 11:48 am

    Well said: if we study with our whole heart… the Lord will bless us with revelation and understanding, not of our own , but His….

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