Having the Talk
Verse 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?”
Yesterday we talked about how Abraham took those first steps of faith and today we look at the relationship between Abraham with his God and with his son.
We know that Abraham had a special relationship with God because of the level of Abraham’s obedience. But that close relationship may be putting stress on another of Abraham’s relationship, the one with his son. As they leave the servants behind the walk takes on an even more subdued atmosphere.
Abraham’s heart had to be breaking as he watched his son walk along with the wood on his back. And of course there was the missing item that seems to be hanging between them. Finally Isaac can’t hide his curiosity any longer and asks his dad where the lamb for the sacrifice is. This question tells us a few things about the relationship these two had. We know that Abraham was teaching his son about having a relationship with God because Isaac knew about the sacrificial system. The fact that Isaac felt comfortable to ask what seemed like the obvious says that Abraham had fostered an open, loving relationship with his son.
Once again Abraham’s relationship with God is evident as he shows his faith that God will provide the lamb. Abraham has no solid proof of this step of faith but he knows God’s character and so has to believe that God won’t actually have him kill this promised son. He has to have faith or he will crumble in despair at what is about to happen.
In his moment of personal stress and pain, Abraham doesn’t fail his heavenly Father, nor his long-awaited son. He used the moment of questioning from his son as a teaching moment of what it really means to have faith in God. It isn’t trusting what you can see but trusting the One who sees the beginning from the end.
Making It Personal
Why was it important to show Isaac the way of faith? When can faith walking be the hardest? Is faith difficult for you?
Making It Personal Kids
What did Isaac need to learn from his dad? Have you learned about faith in Jesus from watching your parents live for Jesus in the hard times of life? How can you live out faith in Jesus?
Father, thank You for being open to a deep relationship with us so that we can see that we You alone deserve our complete trust. May we see the truth of Your character so we see we have no reason to doubt. In Jesus’ name, amen.