Devotional Thoughts From Every Chapter of the Bible
Genesis Chapter 22:
(1) And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
(2) And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
(3) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
(4) Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
(5) And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
(6) And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
(7) And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
(8) And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
(9) And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
(10) And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
(11) And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
(12) And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
(13) And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
(14) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
(15) And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
(16) And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
(17) That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
(18) And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
(19) So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.
(20) And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;
(21) Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
(22) And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
(23) And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
(24) And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.
Thought For This Chapter…
Christ our substitute. What a wonderful truth for all of us to come to understand through this account of the sacrifice of Isaac on Mount Moriah!
As we read this historical account of how God supplied the ram to be slain as a substitute sacrifice for Isaac, immediately (Christ the God-given sacrifice for us), comes into clear view for us…
(10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Folks, what a wonderful thought indeed. That God Almighty, the Ruler of Heavens and Earth, our Heavenly Father, loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to take our sins upon Himself and be sacrificed on our behalf. What great love!
If we take it a step further, we can also see the great love of Christ on display in His sacrifice for us…
(14) For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
(15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Folks, the love our Heavenly Father and of His Son, our Lord Jesus, resulted in Jesus coming to the world and redeeming us through His shed blood on the cross…
(18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
(19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
(20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
If the Father was willing to give His only-begotten Son for us… and His Son, Jesus, was willing to give His life for us… should be not be willing to trust Him with our eternal, and temporal lives here on earth?
And then once we have trusted in Christ and turned our life over to Him as both Savior and Lord, should we not be willing to serve Him with all of our being?
May the Lord use this account of Isaac’s sacrifice to come to a greater knowledge of our need to trust in Christ and then serve Him as our Lord in appreciation for all He has done for us!
(1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
(2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.