The Offering

But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Genesis 22:7-8 NKJV


Midweek Thoughts


The story about Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 is a powerful story.  Many may not realize how the Old Testament relates to Jesus and his birth.  Really Jesus is referred to, not by name, throughout all the Old Testament.  If you read the story in Genesis 22, the whole chapter, you can see how Jesus is there, how He is referenced.  I have thought a great deal about verses 7-8 over the last few days. 

The words uttered by Abraham speak volumes.  “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8).  God did just that.  Not just at that time where Isaac is spared, but many years later.  An offering to save us all.  “The lamb who was slain” (Revelation 5:12). God sent forth his only begotten Son to take on the sins of the world (John 1:29). God provided this lamb in the form of a baby born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23). 

Even the story of Abraham and Isaac hinted at the birth of Jesus.  God providing His own offering, or lamb.  God had a plan from the very beginning.  That plan was told to everyone throughout history, throughout the Bible.  All leading to Jesus’ birth.  Jesus’ life.  Ultimately to Jesus’ death.  He did rise again, and the best part is, He will come again!  Hallelujah for the birth of our Savior!  Hallelujah for the return of our King!

I can’t wait to see Him come again and the home that he has been building for each and every one of us!

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