Day 6 - Isaac
Read Genesis 22:1-14.
Have you ever had something you really liked, and then you lost it or you had to give it up? I’m sure we can’t even begin to understand how painful it was for Abraham to give up his son Isaac, that son that he had wanted so badly and that God even promised and gave to him.
Isaac points us to Jesus, since Jesus is the son whose Daddy really loved him but decided to give him up. John 3:16 starts out by saying “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son.” God loved the world—you included—so much that He was willing to give His Son, watch Him suffer, and painfully turn His back on Him. When Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” God had to refuse to answer. He was punishing sin--our sin, which was on Jesus—and sin does not get to receive help from God.
Abraham must have felt so relieved when God stopped him from killing Isaac. He provided a ram (a male goat) to be killed and sacrificed instead of Isaac. Imagine how Isaac felt, looking at that ram burning up in the fire and thinking “That was almost me!”
Do you ever stop to think that our sin put us in a spot where we deserved to experience God’s burning wrath? Since we have disobeyed such a great God, our punishment is enormous. As we read through the Bible and become more convinced of God’s righteousness and our sinfulness, it’s like we’re hiking up that mountain with the sticks on our backs, only becoming more and more aware of what terrible thing might soon be happening to us…but just as the angel of the Lord stopped Abraham at just the right moment, Romans 5 tells us “at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”
We can look at Jesus suffering on the cross, or we can think about hell, and if we believe in Jesus we can say with joyful disbelief: “That was almost me!” I deserved God’s wrath, God’s wrath was aimed at me, but Jesus stood in the way! He took it all! He was a substitute! Praise Him!
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Read Day 4 here.
Read Day 5 here.
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