The Lord Will Provide

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Genesis 22:7-247And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and 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. 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. 15And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. 19So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba. 20And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; 21Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, 22And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother. 24And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah. (Genesis 22:7‑24)
While Abraham and Isaac were traveling on together, Isaac asked a question. He saw that his father had the fire and the knife, and he himself was carrying the wood, but he asked, “Where is the Lamb for a burnt offering?” How this question must have touched Abraham’s heart, but his faith was unshaken as his beautiful reply shows us. He said, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” Isaac accepted the answer in per­fect confidence, and they both went on quietly together. Surely this would remind us of the garden of Gethsemane. There we hear God’s Son saying, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt” (Matthew 26:3939And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39)). If that cup of judgment had passed from Him, we would have all been lost eter­nally. He only could bear it for us, and so in obedience to His Father’s will, He took that cup, which we had filled with our sins, and drank it to the last dark drop. He bore all the judgment for those who believe, and there is none left for us because He said, “It is finished.” If the reader of these lines is unsaved, why not bow before Him now and thank Him for the work of redemption He has finished for you?
A Way of Escape
At last Abraham and Isaac came to the place of which God had told them. Abraham built the altar, set the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son upon it. Then with unfaltering faith he took the knife to slay his son, but just at that moment God called to him from heaven saying, “Abraham, Abraham ... Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me.” God was faithful and made a way of escape for Abraham in the temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). The knife did not fall on Isaac, for a substitute was provided. Yes, there was a ram near which Abraham took and offered up in the stead of his son. Every type falls short of the perfection of the work of Christ, for there was no sub­stitute to take His place. He was the Substitute Himself, and the sword did fall upon Him. He was the Lamb of God’s own providing, and He could not escape as Isaac did, or we would be lost eternally. No one else could be a sac­rifice for sin but He, and so He died that we might live.
God’s Provision and Promise
Abraham then called the place “Jehovah-Jireh,” which means, “The Lord will provide.” It was in this very place (Mount Moriah) that Solomon’s temple was built. This shows us that the ground of all worship is always and only founded upon the finished work of Christ, which Abraham’s sacrifice typ­ified. The only right way of coming into the presence of God is given us in Hebrews 10:1919Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Hebrews 10:19), “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
God appeared to Abraham the second time making the promise that, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” This word, “thy seed,” refers to Christ through whom all nations will receive blessing. In the Old Testament God dealt particularly with Israel, but since the work of redemption is complet­ed, the gospel can be preached to “whosoever will.” After this Abraham returned to Beersheba (the well of the oath). Now we, too, can “Draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:33Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)), for all our blessings come to us through Christ.
Further Meditation
1. How did God make a way of escape for Abraham?
2. The Lord Jesus being made a Substitute for us is one of the fabulous truths of Scripture. How does the cleansing of the leper in Leviticus 14 present that truth beautifully?
3. The pamphlet The Divine Ground of Gathering by J. Brereton makes an interesting application of this same story from Genesis 22. You would no doubt find it simple and profitable reading.