Genesis 22:1-2 (NLT)
Abraham’s Faith Tested
22 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
In Genesis 22 we see the famous story of when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Often when we read this passage, many get distracted by the thought “how can God who is love, ask Abraham; whom He loved, with such an “evil” request. Because of this, often we get distracted and myopic to what is really the true purpose behind this request from God.
In verse 2, God tells Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
A couple of things I want you to take note. First is the original word for “only son” that is used in this passage is the word “yachid”; which means precious, unique, miraculous. Yachid here describes Isaac; Abraham’s unique, precious, miraculous son, whom he so love. Isaac was a miracle child because God had brought him from Sarah’s “dead” womb.
Interestingly, this word “only son” is also the same word used to describe Jesus (only beloved son), approximately 2000 years later. Jesus; God’s unique, precious, miraculous Son, whom He so love, was brought out of Mary’s virgin womb.
Second, it is interesting to note that the place (hills of Moriah) that God instructed Abraham to sacrifice his “unique, precious, miracle child” Isaac, is the ultimate place that God would ultimately sacrifice His “unique, precious, miracle child” Jesus.
2000 years before Jesus even stepped into this world, God the Father loved the world so much that sending His Son was already in His heart.
God will never ask you to do something He Himself is unwilling to do. Abraham did what God would ultimately do….he became the symbol of what God would ultimately do and that’s why he is called the “Father of faith”.