Genesis 22:1–8 (ESV) (Thanksgiving Day 11/24/2016)
The Sacrifice of Isaac
22 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son
Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two
of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 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. 7 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?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
This is a huge event, foreshadowing the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. God said “Take your son, your only
son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” You can substitute Jesus for Isaac and you start seeing the connection. He traveled 3 days,
which is how long Jesus was dead. We also see the terminology “lifted up” and “come again to you”. Verse 8 is powerfully prophetic , “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” We will
touch more on this tomorrow. But for today, we have a lot to be thankful for… in that God carried out His plan of Salvation to his elect (body of believers). If you don’t have anything to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day…
then you MUST be dead. We give thanks for life, and especially for Jesus and his journey to the cross for our forgiveness. He opened the gates of heaven for us.
I pray: O Lord, thank you for providing the plan of Salvation and forgiving my sins through Jesus’s perfect life, death, and resurrection. Amen.