It’s one of the most disturbing accounts in scripture. A man is told by God to take his only son and sacrifice him on an alter. And the man does it. Well almost. Just as the knife is raised the man is stopped before the slaughter begins.
What kind of God would tell a father to do that? What kind of God would let him almost carry it through? The image of a father sacrificing his son is too horrific to even understand. But the horror of our rebellion against our loving, holy Creator required exactly that kind of a sacrifice. We like to think of the cross as a thing of beauty, a means of bringing us the eternal life that we sometimes deep down inside think we deserve. But such a punishment could only be demanded for crimes of the worst magnitude.
When Abraham, with knifed hand upraised, looked back and saw the ram caught in the thicket, he was looking back at a promise given generations earlier that an offspring of Eve would crush the head of the enemy. But that victory over sin and death would come at an unimaginable price. God Himself would have to provide the perfect sacrifice and the only one who could qualify would be His Only Son.
In perfect obedience Jesus Christ, offspring of Abraham, would lay His life down on the alter. And in perfect holiness and love, God the Father would slay Him through the hands of the very sinners Christ was dying to save. That was the promise of that Moriah mount fulfilled on Calvary’s hill. “Abraham called the name of that place, ‘THE LORD WILL PROVIDE;’ as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
“What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, To God and to the Lamb, who is the great ‘I Am,’ While millions join the them, I will sing.”
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