“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. From Gen 22
This conversation between Abraham and his son takes place on their long walk up the mountain. A few days before God had poke to Abraham and told him to take his only son, Isaac, and sacrifice him. So Abraham obeys. He wakes up the next day, cuts some fire wood, and sets off with his son. Along the way, Isaac notices that they have everything g they need for the sacrifice except an animal. This was during a time where animal sacrifices were very common and Isaac would have been very familiar with what was needed. Most importantly he knew you needed something to kill…
When he brings the matter up with his dad, Abraham’s response is somber and at the same time full of faith. “God himself will provide the lamb”, he simply says. Now I know Abraham didn’t know the future, he probably had a lot of fear and uncertainty swirling around in his gut that morning. But his answer shows faith. God will provide a lamb. And He does. God stops Abraham from sacrificing his son, and gives Abraham a lam, stuck in a nearby bush.
But God is always doing that, isn’t He? When you and I are exhausted and worn out, burdened by our sin, walking up a mountain to our death. He steps in! He sent His Son! The perfect lamb. You and I deserve death. But God, in His mercy didn’t want to see us die, so He provided the perfect Lamb. Now when I mess up, when I am impatient with my kids or spiteful with my husband, God steps in. He has already provided the perfect substitute. I don’t have to die for my sins. I have been forgiven. And the bet part is, this forgiveness is offered to everyone. No matter what, no matter how long it’s been. It’s time. Accept His free gift of forgiveness, and begin a new life as His forgiven child.
Jesus, I am sorry for my sin. I want to turn away from that life and start a new life with you. Thank you so so much for dying for me, for taking my punishment on yourself. For loving me no matter what I’ve done. And thank you for forgiving me. I receive your forgiveness, may I walk in Your new life today!
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