Lent: Foundation Day 6

We have a God who is alive and active in our lives. He is not far from us. He wants to reveal himself to us ... today. So get our your diffuser and add a few drops of Petitgrain, find a comfortable seated position and take a few deep breaths. 

Get our your diffuser and add a few drops of Petitgrain, the oil of Ancestry, and find a comfortable seated position. Take a few deep breaths and read Genesis 21:1-7 and then jump over to chapter 22: 1-19. Read them again. And then move according to what your body needs today. You're welcome to sit and rest in meditation over these verses or flow through a few heart openers. Whoever the position of your body, open your heart to hear what God wants to speak to you today. 

Romans 12:1-2, "I appeal to you therefore, brother, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living scarified, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." 

Thats going to sound like a really odd verse for me to plug in right here after what we just read. So lets take a step back. We've got Abraham and Sarah who have been promised that a son is coming. They've been promised that Abraham will be the father of nations and that his descendants will be as numerous as the starts above. So they reach 100 years of age and Sarah, who is past the point of bearing children, conceives and gives birth to a son. The long awaited son. The one that had been promised is finally here. There is much to be celebrated. And then we come to chapter 22 and we get this really odd call for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to God. And we watch with bated breath as Abraham and Isaac climb this mountain. If you pay attention, God goes into great detail about the journey. And since 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, then I want to know why? Why do I care that Abraham rose early and saddled his donkey, cut the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on Isaacs back (to carry) and in his own hand he took the fire and the knife and they, together, walked up the mountain? Picture this with me for just a moment, the scene set before you, and Isaac looks at his father and asks, "Father, I see the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" and Abraham replies, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." And then we see Abraham build the alter and bind his son and lay him upon it. And here is where everything becomes clear. 

vs 13 "And Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, before him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son." 

Everything about this story is a foreshadowing of the cross of Jesus Christ. Everything is pointing to him. From the father giving in sacrifice of his only son. (John 3:16) The son who carries the wood for the burnt offering, (John 19:16-17) And Isaac, some scholars say he was around 10-13 years old, so I want us to understand that he knew what was happening. He understood what was happening as he was bound and placed on the alter, he was giving himself up as an act of worship in obedience. In John 18:11 at the arrest of Jesus, he tells Peter, "Put your sward away, shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?" Meaning, no one is taking my life from me Peter, I give it up freely. And then we see Genesis 22:13 and God calls a halt to the sacrifice and Abraham is given a substitution. The ram. God will provide the sacrifice. 

Thats what this is. God is showing us, through the story of Abraham and Isaac, what his plan for redemption will look like. It will look like the one and only long awaited son, with the miraculous birth story, coming and pleasing the Father in all he does and willingly laying down his life as a sacrifice in an obedient act of worship as the substitution for you and for me. And just like Abraham, when we're willing to seek God and follow God and give everything, holding nothing back, we'll see him and we'll know him and we'll be satisfied. He will be enough.

Friends, I'm praying for us today. I'm praying that we can know this truth deep in the recesses of our hearts, Romans 11: 22-36 "Oh, the depth of th riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen!"

Galatians 3:29 "And if you are Christ's then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise."