Read: Genesis 22:1-24
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. Genesis 22:2
Many times since I had my first child six and half years ago, I have been struck by how much it hurts to love my children. The love for them is unlike any other love I have ever experienced.
I can only imagine the love that Abraham had for Isaac. Not only was he his son, but he was a son that Abraham and Sarah long awaited. Decades of waiting! He was the son that God had promised even after it was physically impossible to have him. I can only imagine how special he was to him.
And then God tells him to go kill him? Are you kidding me? It seems like such a twisted joke; such a strange directive from God.
According to verse 1 Abraham heard God and then waited until the next morning to go up the hill. What was his night like? Did he sleep? Did he tell Sarah of his plan? Did he plead with God to change his mind?
I think of all the sleepless nights I have had as a parent, but none like that one.
Was God trying to keep Isaac from becoming an idol to Abraham? Was Abraham’s devotion to Isaac surpassing his devotion to God? It’s possible.
Was God teaching Abraham about obedience and provision? Abraham seemed to have lots of lessons on those. It’s possible.
Was God giving us a picture of a father willing to sacrifice his son for God’s greater plan? Very possible.
What is God teaching you through these verses? Have you prioritized a person or a thing before the priority of God? Do you trust him enough to obey him even when it is difficult? Do you believe he can provide a way for you, though difficult choices? Do you trust God with your kids? Do you believe that he sacrificed his only Son for you?
If you are a parent, you understand this intense love. If not, think about the person you love most. God loves us more than that. So much so, that he followed through on sacrificing his own Son for us.
It wasn’t just Jesus who sacrificed that day on the cross. But in the mystery of the trinity, a Father, who loved his son with an intensity and force that we can’t even fathom, laid his son down on wood and allowed nails to be placed in his hands. This Father, fully capable of stopping it all, allowed soldiers to beat him, mockers ridicule him, and a sword to pierce his side.
This is love, a love like no other.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Father, thank you for your love that “surpasses knowledge.” Thank you for the sacrifice made for me. Let me not take it for granted. May I not devote myself to anything or anyone more that I devote myself to you. May I obey you and trust you in even the most difficult choices of life and may I remember how much you have given for me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.