On the Altar

Genesis 22:9 (NIV)
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

Abraham was not only “the Father of a Nation,” but also Isaac’s dad; trusted, revered and loved by a little boy.  It must have been a terrible realization that God could ask for his son as a sacrifice on the altar.  Of course, it was not Isaac’s life that God desired, but Abraham’s. The willingness to give up his son – his love, his heritage, his life itself – was the gift of obedience that activated God’s abundant provision.  What are we willing to lay on the altar?

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