The Lord Will Always Provide
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 20-22; Luke 8
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 22:1-14
Today’s key passage is one of the greatest acts of faith and obedience in the entire Bible. Abraham had waited for one hundred years to have a child with his wife Sarah. God promised him a son, even in his old age, and to his and Sarah’s amazement God came through for them and gave them Isaac. After all of this, God came to Abraham and told him to sacrifice his son. Abraham’s response to this request is incredible – without hesitation, he did exactly what God told him to do. He did not argue. He did not complain to God about how unfair it was. He did not ask, “why me?” He simply obeyed God. When he got to the place God had told him about, he bound his only son and placed him on the alter he had built. Abraham was not just “playing along” here – every indication is that he fully intended to sacrifice his son to God. Of course, God stopped him and told him not to harm Isaac. God also offered an alternative for Abraham – he gave him a ram to sacrifice in place of his son. Abraham knew that one way or another, the Lord would provide for him.
When I read this story, I cannot help but see the parallels to the life of Jesus Christ. In Abraham, we see a father who is willing to sacrifice his only son because of his great love for God. In God, we see a Father who is willing to sacrifice his only Son because of his great love for us. In both of these stories, a father’s love is demonstrated so clearly by an act of sacrifice. In Abraham’s story, he did not have to go through with the sacrifice. A replacement was found in the form of a ram that could take the place of Isaac. In the story of Christ, Jesus was the ram. See, in the story of Jesus all of us are basically like Isaac. We were all bound up in our sins and placed on the alter to be burned. Jesus was the replacement. Just like the ram, Jesus was offered as a sacrifice instead of us. He gave His life so that we do not have to. He gave His life so that none of us has to face the fire. What an enormous gift He has given us. When God saw Abraham’s need for a sacrificial animal He provided a ram. When God saw the world’s need for a savior He provided Jesus Christ. In all things and in all times, the Lord will always provide.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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