17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. Hebrews 11:17-19
Abraham’s faith is our example once again in regards to Isaac. How do we respond when God asks for more than we think we can give. We respond by faith. Just think, Isaac was the reward of Abraham’s faith and now God has asked for Isaac.
It is a blessed life lesson for us because this thing called life always requires faith. How do we survive the hard times, the seasons that just rip our hearts to pieces. We walk by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Where does that faith come from? The quick principle is you must spend faith to get faith. Abraham received the promise of a great nation, that in fact, all nations would be blessed through his seed. Now God has asked for his son, Isaac. It has been said that Ishamel was Abraham’s son of passion and Isaac was the son of God’s promise. God has asked Abraham to sacrifice the son of promise. If Isaac dies, it seems the fulfillment of God’s promise goes with him. Does Abraham have faith in his account (heart) to trust God even when he doesn’t understand. The Lord puts Abraham to the test.
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
By faith, by faith, by faith. Selah. God just made a major deposit into the bank of Abraham’s faith. All praise to the God who is, was, and forever shall be. Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).