Is there a difference between the thinking of a 20- or 30-something-year-old single male and a 40- or 50-something never-married single male about getting married? I will share some information on that subject in the next article. In the meanwhile, first, view this film clip released by Columbia Pictures in 1955. Then view the conclusion on the “HERS” page. It is quite humorous.
By Justin Coleman
Genesis 22 records the well-known account of Abraham offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Isaac was the son of promise that Abraham and Sarah had miraculously; even though they were well advanced in years and were unable to have children when they were young. Abraham also had a promise from God that he would be a father to many nations. Now as an old man who has had his God-promised son, God gave him a very challenging task.
“1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” – Genesis 22:1-2 (NKJV)
God asked Abraham to take his only son, the son that he so dearly loved, and to offer him as a burnt sacrifice. Abraham didn’t hesitate or hold back. He gathered the wood and headed out with Isaac. When they got to the mountain that God had chosen verse 6 says “…Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife and the two of them went together.” Once the altar was set up and Isaac was placed on it Abraham prepares to sacrifice him just as God had told him … “And Abraham stretched out 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!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Just as Abraham was about to fulfill what he had been asked to do an angel appears and says to stop. This was a test of obedience. It is a prophetic type and representation of the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s dying on the cross for all mankind. Just like Abraham took his only son, the son he so greatly loved – God sent His only Son, the Son of God that He greatly loved and He sacrificed His life so that He could save us from our sins. So that we could be saved, washed clean, and be restored back to God to enjoy His life, love, and relationship, knowing Him as our Father just as Jesus has known the Father.
When the angel appeared to Abraham he said ‘Now I know’. Abraham had passed the test of obedience. Because he was willing to give up his most precious thing in the world. His only son, the son that he loved. His miracle son who was promised to him and Sarah by God when he was too old to have children. Through this act of obedience, being willing to give up his son, he proved that he was devoted to God. He showed, without a doubt that he loved, believed in, and would follow God no matter what it cost him. That’s why the angel said ‘Now I know!’. There could not be any doubt regarding his devotion.
As we mentioned before, Abraham’s sacrifice is a shadow of the true sacrifice. God gave His only son for us. He sacrificed His beloved son. He did not withhold His most prized possession. He gave His son freely so that we too can say ‘Now I know.’ There is no longer any doubt. God has passed the test. He followed through with the greatest gift, the greatest sacrifice ever given. His love cannot be questioned. His devotion cannot be doubted. His faithfulness cannot be denied. He followed through. He did not hold back so that we can confidently and boldly proclaim ‘Now I know!’. I know He loves me. I know He is for me. I know He will care for me. I know He will never leave me nor fail me.
He has proven His devotion so that you can rest confident in His love and care, for you.