We’ve been reading through Genesis this past week, and like me, I’m sure many of these stories are familiar. The thing that still fascinates me is in Chapter 22 when Abraham is asked to sacrifice Isaac. Child sacrifice was something the pagans did, and it’s atrocious. But it’s asked of Abraham, to confirm his faith. His response is amazing, but who I am truly surprised by is Isaac. His reaction isn’t mentioned, and that is what is so surprising to me. The Bible doesn’t say “And then Isaac freaked out and struggled with the ropes as Abraham tied him to the altar.” Instead, it says “…and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.” (22:9-10, NKJV). A reaction from Isaac isn’t recorded here, and it leads me to wonder if he reacted at all. I would assume not, because I think it would’ve been mentioned. Instead, it seems Isaac has immense trust in not only his earthly father, Abraham, but also in his heavenly Father because he just accepts it and stays there on the altar. I’m sure he could have run away and hid before his father tied him; I’m sure that once on the altar he could have rolled off. He could have at least put up a fight, but he didn’t. He stayed.
Do we have that kind of trust? Can we trust our Father that even though our circumstances look grim, He has a plan? Or are we trying our hardest to fight the ropes and run away to hide?
Another thing I noticed: Abraham and Isaac’s relationship doesn’t seem to change from a loving relationship. If my father tried to sacrifice me, I would never trust him again or go anywhere with him. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Isaac. Because when they experience God, that’s what draws them together. I think the rest of the scene fades for them because all they remember, perhaps, is how God provided.
The word God used to describe Isaac to Abraham was “monogenes,” which means “only begotten.” Heard that somewhere else before? In John 3:16, Jesus is referred to as God’s “only begotten Son.” God provided a way out so Abraham’s son wouldn’t be sacrificed, but He didn’t make a way out when His Son was sent to be sacrificed. For us. We should then, in turn, sacrifice ourselves that He may be glorified.
So take that with you the rest of the week. Abraham and Isaac weren’t these amazing superheroes. They were just regular guys, who decided to trust God over everything else. Do you?