[obedience, trust, and sacrifice]
I was planning on writing a slightly different post, but just before writing it, I explored the entries at Peter Pollock’s blog who is hosting the Blog Carnival dedicated to “Sacrifice” today.
One of the posts struck a chord in my mind – Tears of Sacrifice written by Glynn Young. Read it before reading mine – it’s worth it.
Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
Genesis 22:6-9, NLT
Most of the time, I hear people talk about old Abraham’s faith and obedience to God. I don’t want to diminish Abe’s faith – I still have to learn so much to believe like he did. However, even more than with Abraham’s dedication, I am always struck with Isaac’s attitude.
For all I know, Isaac could’ve been younger than me (or maybe about my age). Boys in their late teens / early 20s are quite strong. Therefore, considering that Abraham was over 100 years old by then, the mere idea of Abraham tying up his son is amazing to me.
Isaac did not protest.
He did not fight his dad.
He did not argue.
Isaac allowed his father, whom he trusted, to tie him up and place him on the altar. I think that he probably was confused and scared at the moment, yet he knew that his dad would not harm him. He sacrificed his own will for the will of his father because he knew that his father was doing what God told him to do. And I believe that experience changed both Abraham and Isaac.
As I was thinking about it… how often do I trust God like Isaac trusted Abraham?
Logically thinking, it should be even easier to trust God – He certainly won’t make a mistake. Yet when we feel like our hands are being tied up behind our back or as if we are placed on the altar… Are we ready to pray “Your will be done, Lord, not mine”?
Just thinking out loud…