Can you imagine what it would have been like to be Abraham as he heard God ask him to sacrifice his son Isaac? Because I sure can’t. God comes to Abraham and says, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” I can’t imagine being asked to do this.
And yet, as brutal as that walk up Mt. Moriah must have been, there’s a happy ending. Abraham does not have to sacrifice his son. God provides another sacrifice. “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
This year, during the season of Advent (the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas), we’re going to do our best to step into the shoes of Old Testament believers who were waiting for God’s promised Messiah, the Christ. (“Messiah”—Hebrew and “Christ”—Greek both mean “Anointed One”) As we do, we’ll travel from “Mountains to the Manger.” This week we’ll dig into the promises God made to Abraham on Mt. Moriah.
God’s blessings on your weekend and I look forward to preparing for Christmas with you!