This week we’ve been hearing a bit from Hebrews 11. I am always amazed at the interpretation the writer offers of what Abraham was thinking as he obeyed God’s word in Genesis 22. God instructed Abraham to offer his son, the one promised to bring about a great people and children as numerous as the stars. God instructs Abraham to,
“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.” Genesis 22:1-2
Abraham had 2 options…
- Disbelief, distrust and disobedience.
- Belief, trust and obedience.
Abraham goes the second way — realising that God’s promise is certain enough that even now he’s been given this directive that might seem directly opposite to the promise, God will be able even to raise Isaac from the dead!!
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Hebrews 11:17-19 [ESV]
Amazing example of what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. You only can trust the trustworthy. And God proves his credentials time and time again.