Today’s Reading: Genesis 22:1-18
“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘My father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” – Genesis 22:6-7
The similarities between Abraham and God are easily seen in this account from Abraham’s life. There are, however, great similarities between the sons that are quite often overlooked.
Isaac has laid upon him the wood for the sacrifice and carries it up the mountain to the place where the sacrifice is to be carried out. He goes willingly and without question. He knows only that his father, Abraham, has told him that “God will provide” There is no struggle as he is bound. No words are spoken asking what Abraham is about to do. Then just at the right time, God provides a ram as the substitute sacrifice. Isaac’s life is spared.
Jesus also had the wood for the sacrifice placed upon Him. He carried it up to the place where the sacrifice was to be carried out. He went willingly and without question, knowing only that God would provide the Lamb for the sacrifice. There was no struggle as He was bound and led away to Golgotha. No words were spoken asking what was about to happen. And at just the right time, the Lamb of God was provided as the sacrifice for your sins so that your life is spared.
Prayer: The Lamb, the Lamb. O Father, where’s the sacrifice? Faith sees, believes God will provide the Lamb of price. Worthy is the Lamb whose death makes me His own! The Lamb is reigning on His Throne! (The Lamb, LSB 547:1).
This devotion was written by Rev. Brad Brown, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, IA.