Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
2 weeks ago, the students of Word of God Bible College were each assigned a story from the Bible without words. Anatoliy blessed us with a wonderful pantomime rendition of the Sacrifice of Isaac. The next day we had to tell the same story, but this time with words. I was quite amused when Isaac, already bound to the altar, asked “so, where’s that lamb?”
Watch the Lamb:
There are many important lessons to take from this chapter. The father willing to sacrifice his one-of-a-kind son. The son who was obedient to the will of his father, who carried the wood upon his back up the mountain.
Verse 5 has always stood out to me as special, and especially so when we read through this passage in Hebrew class a few weeks ago. When Abraham says “we will go over there, we will worship, we will return to you”, all 3 verbs use the plural form. Abraham had faith that both he and Isaac would come back down the mountain. In Hebrews 11 we see that his faith was in the fact that God was powerful enough to raise Isaac from the dead, even after Abraham would have sacrificed him.