Reflection on Genesis 22:1-14

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Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+22.1-14

Scripture

Abraham named the place Yahweh- Yireh which means “the Lord will provide.”

Observation

The Lord tests Abraham’s faith. He tells Abraham to take his son Isaac to the mountain to be a sacrifice to the Lord. Abraham does this.

Along the way, Isaac notices that they are missing an animal for the sacrifice and asks his father about this. “The Lord will provide,” Abraham declares.

Abraham builds an altar and places Isaac on it. Just as Abraham is ready to kill Isaac, an angel appears and stops him. Abraham looks up and sees a ram caught in a thicket.

Abraham names the place, Yahweh-Yireh, the Lord will provide.

Application

Isaac was God’s answer to years of prayer. He was provided by the Lord. He was literally Abraham’s hope for the future and the embodiment of every promise that the Lord had given to him.

Sometimes God calls us to sacrifice the things we hold dear, or things which represent long-awaited answers to prayer.

We must let go, for the blessings He gives us are not always ours to keep.

It could be a marriage, a dream job, a fulfilling ministry. Even though it seems cruel to have to yield it, the only way to grow in our faith is to let go.

When we do this we find that the Lord truly is our provider. Everything we give up for His sake is restored to us. It may not be exactly the same thing that we gave up but it will be better.

It is God’s nature to be our provider. This is who He is. This is what it means to call Him Yahweh Yireh. He restores what is taken from us and gives more as well.

Yahweh Yireh- the Lord will provide. For Abraham it was a sacrificial ram. For others it is what is needed in the moment.

My role is to trust and obey. I obey what God tells me to do, always trusting that He will provide what is needed.

Prayer

Thank you Lord for this example of faith by Abraham. Just as you provided what Abraham needed at that point of sacrifice, I know that you will provide for me as I seek to obey you. Amen.

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