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Sons of Promise
by Wayne Blank
Isaac's birth came about from a miracle. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5), and Sarah, at age 90, had been unable to have children (Genesis 16:1, 17:17), but God made the promise to Abraham, "Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him." (Genesis 17:19 RSV). And yet, the day came when Abraham was faced with a very difficult decision.
"After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!"
"When they came to the place of which God had told him, 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. Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of The Lord called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!"
Isaac was Abraham's only son of the promise, but as such, Isaac was also symbolic of God's only Son of Promise - Jesus Christ. As indicated in the above Scriptures, Moriah (see Mount Moriah) was the place where God instructed Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Centuries later, it was the same place where God commanded Solomon to build a Temple (see Temples) as a place where God could be worshiped (while God Himself remained in heaven), and nearby was the place where the ultimate Sacrifice was made - the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary.
God could relate very much to what Abraham went through during those three days, since centuries later He watched His Own Son led to the Sacrifice. But fortunately for humanity, Christ's Sacrifice wasn't stopped - it went all The Way.
Fact Finder: Did Abraham's faith enable him to pass the test?