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The Sacrificial Lamb Of God

22 Sep

Genesis 22:6-8 – 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

I’ve got to be honest.  The first few times I read over these passages I didn’t catch on to even 20 percent of the real meaning or understanding of them.

The first time I read these passages I thought, really?  God would even ask Abraham to sacrifice his son?  Give me a break this was after the first time I read it.  Then I realized and focused on the commitment of Abraham.  Then after a few more times and studies one realizes God would have never gone to the trouble to give a 90 year old woman and a 99 year old man a son only to have him slain.

The thing that took quite awhile to realize was that God had and always has a plan from the very beginning.

Let’s read verse eight again.

Genesis 22:8 – 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

God indeed did offer His son for the sacrifice.  Amazingly a little further along in the chapter we read this:

Genesis 22:10-12 – 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the
LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

The Angel of the Lord?  That’s one of the terms for Jesus in the Old Testament before he came into the world in the virgin birth.  Jesus is actually speaking to Abraham not to hurt Isaac.  Pretty neat.

Who’s the Lamb of God?

John 1:29 – 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

That He did.  Jesus is the only way we are saved.  That closed mindedness is not popular in the world today.
The ones who don’t like to hear it are the same ones who want to do things their own way in the first place.
That’s how we got away from God originally.

God provided the way back.  In the form of the Son, He died on the cross.  What could man possibly do, or what is he thinking, that he can get back to God on his own?  He can’t.

Accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord and be saved for eternity with your King.

Revelation 19:9 -   9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

 

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