OK, so I am going to be totally honest here......one story that I have a hard time understanding is the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. I know that sacrifices were brought to the altar to honor God, I totally get that. I know that sometimes when we sacrifice something that is very special/important to us.......such as money, time, etc.....and give it to someone else who needs/wants it......that is pleasing to Him as well. But to ask to sacrifice your own child? Eek!
I can honestly admit that I am not so sure I am truly can see where God is coming from. I am sure He had His reasons.....I guess that is why we are told that His ways are not our ways.
But what an amazing testimony of faith and obedience that Abraham shows by not asking questions (that I know of)....and going forward with this task.
Thankfully, we learn that the angel comes and stops Abraham right at the last second.....phew. The angel tells Abraham that he has proven his faith and fear of the Lord and will now be blessed beyond his wildest dreams! (well, those are my words, I am sure the angel didn't say it exactly like that)
Here is our stick bundle to represent the burnt offering. Another great lesson in this story is that God will always provide. As Abraham untied Isaac from the altar.....he noticed a ram with it's horns stuck in a thicket.....a perfect offering in place of his son. He named that place on the mountain Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”).
This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that, I will certainly bless you.I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. ~Genesis 22:16-17