We can’t deny the powerful images within this morning’s text, just as we cannot imagine making such a choice in order to save our own lives. But through the testing of Abraham, God’s people can see the lengths God will go in order to bring salvation to those who are lost in sin. God is not only the God who commands obedience, he is also the God who provides the means for salvation when his children fail to obey.
Abraham was true and obedient. As he was about to offer the life of his son Isaac in sacrifice, God intervened and provided the suitable substitution. The ram caught in the thicket by its horns was no mistake; it was no coincidence. God provided the atoning sacrifice. In the same way, God offered his only Son for the same purpose, to provide the atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world.
As Christian people we know we are sinners and fall short of God’s expectations. Faith leads us to believe that we are saved from our sin through the one whom God gave as atonement for our disobedience. We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus.
It was never God’s intention for Isaac’s life to be offered as sacrifice. However, given the test, Abraham acted in faith. Perhaps you don’t feel you have the faith of Abraham. Instead your faith is weak and fragile. Just so, faith, either weak or strong, is still faith. Because Christ gave his life as atonement for our sin, we are forgiven. God’s grace is freely given to those who believe; given by the almighty and loving God who provides all that is needed.
Thank you, O Lord, for your mercy and grace. Amen.