Today’s Scripture: By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead… Hebrews 11:17-19

When we look at the lives of Abraham and Sara, it is easy to see that God had a master plan for them, one that would showcase His glory and foreshadow through Isaac the Savior that was to come. Through Isaac, Abraham was going to have an experience with God that would be recorded forever in God’s Word and challenge how believers view faith for thousands of years to follow.

The gift of this little boy was meant to serve a much greater purpose than just to carry on Abraham’s lineage. Isaac was to depict prophetically the One Who would come as the propitiation for our sin. Here are just a few ways that he foreshadowed our Savior:

  • Isaac was dead to Abraham on that three day journey up to Mt. Moraiah, just as Christ was in the grave for three days.
  • Isaac was to be burnt like a lamb, just as the Lamb of God was to be sacrificed to save us from sin.
  • Just as Isaac carried the wood that was meant to take his life, Christ carried his own cross.

What a beautiful picture the Lord was painting through this trial. It was a trial of Abraham’s love to God. Isaac was probably the light of their life; he meant everything to that elderly couple. However, Abraham had so much faith in God that he knew if he slayed his son, God would raise him back up again. That kind of faith can get us through any trial. I believe that with his unquestioning obedience, Abraham was able to show the angels what faith was.

Maybe the Lord has asked something of you that you have been unwilling to hand over to Him. It is hard for you to trust Him because the area He is testing you in is the one that means the most to you. Right now is when you can show the angels what faith is. Get the pastoral counsel you need, and take that blind step of faith God has been calling you to take. God has a master plan for you; you just need to trust Him enough to live it.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder