God's Promises

Jon Brown

READ : Genesis 22

“Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and

offer him there as a burnt offering.”(v. 2)

God’s covenant with Abraham confronts us with an irony. God makes good on his promises,
only to ask us to give his gifts away.

Abraham and Sarah were old, too old to bear children. Despite the impossibility God
fulfilled his promise and Sarah gave birth to a son. This child came with an addendum, “I
will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.” That’s the God-promise that
loomed over Isaac’s life, which makes it more than just a little problematic for God to
follow his promise with this command:

Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and
offer him there as a burnt offering. . . .

Beg your pardon? Excuse me? “Offer him there as a burnt offering?”

I don’t mean to leap too quickly from the pages of Genesis, but could this point us to
another Father, offering his only Son on a similar mountain? And could God intend the same
for us? Could it be that God blesses us not so that we can accumulate and compile, but so
that we can sacrifice to help a world in desperate need?

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for your goodness. Help me share it today. Amen.