Tuesday, March 5, 2013

E100 8-Isaac's Birth and Sacrifice

Genesis 21:1-22:19 God tests the faith of His people.

Wow. So this is what we read starting in chapter 21... The Lord visited Sarah as he had said and The Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son...Isaac.

God stayed true to His Word.

Chapter 22... God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!...Take your son, your only son Isaac...and offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."

Okay, God... You gave me this son which you promised would come a great nation. You are true to Your word. Now You want me to kill him???

Abraham obeys.

At the last minute, when Isaac is laying on top of the altar, bound to it, seeing his father standing above him with dagger raised, they hear and angel, "Abraham, Abraham! Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him..." And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns.

They named that mountain Moriah: "The Lord will provide"

My faith was tested in a big way with our son, Malachi. We trusted God for physical healing that never came. Our faith is still tested when it comes to the decision we made to stop his medical treatment (he was currently requiring artificial support to eat and to breathe, as well as over 60 doses of medication daily, with no working immune system). God sustained our son for seven months. Did we hold on for too long, pushing his treatment too far? Did we give up too early, not pushing hard enough?

How is your faith being tested?

1 comment:

  1. Thinking of you, and feeling your questions. Faith was definitely tested, and I feel still is as the same questions come back every year. I know that it is all in God's hands and need to trust and keep the faith. You were the best mom for Malachi, and you still have that connection to him. Words can't take that feeling away...that feeling that I still can't find words to describe. But I am thinking of and praying for and with you.