H – Highlight
Genesis 22:8 – Abraham said, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together.
E – Explain
God tested Abraham with a command to sacrifice Isaac. Of course, Isaac was the fulfillment of God’s promise that Abraham himself would have a son with Sarah. And Isaac was to carry the promise of god.
When Isaac noticed that they had everything they needed to make an offering to God other than a lamb, he asked his dad. Abraham confidently tells Isaac that the Lord will provide his own lamb.
A – Apply
It is hard to say if Abraham knew how meaningful his words would be. We only understand it later. Abraham knew that God would solve the problem with Isaac. Abraham believed God, and his faith did not waiver here. But I wonder if Abraham knew that, in ultimate reality, God would provide his own Lamb, the Lamb of God, to pay for the sins of all he would save.
This text calls on me to understand that God provides what is necessary for my salvation. I could never have provided the needed Lamb for my sin. No animal could take my place and cover my sin. Only Jesus, the Son of God and the perfect Lamb of God, could do this.
R – Respond
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for providing for yourself the Lamb. I could never have covered my own sin. This should make me grateful and humble. Help me to remember Jesus and be wonderfully grateful that you chose to do the impossible to save my soul. Help me live to glorify you, as you did all the work to save my soul.