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Abraham and Isaac

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sure wish there was an autobiography out there written by Abraham. The Bible passage where God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac is only 18 verses long (22nd chapter of Genesis). I really wonder what emotions Abraham went through as he prepared: did he cry as he split the wood for the fire, did he wander down memory lane as he journeyed three days to Moriah, did he have to tell Sarah what he was going to do, did he say any tearful good-byes?

THEN, he bound Isaac, and laid him on the altar...he stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son!

THEN, God told him to stop.

The Bible says Abraham's response was to look up and he saw the ram provided, then he named that place "The Lord Will Provide".

I want to know the emotions he felt. I am sure he was elated he didn't have to kill Isaac, but was he angry and wonder why he had to go through all that hard preparation the last three days? Was he sad, was he releived, was he thankful.

I feel the last four years I was preparing for that sacrifice: to leave my mother, my children my grandsonm, my home, my friends...and willing to do so for my Lord. Then, As I stepped out to go, God said, "Stop".

I am thrilled to get to stay in my home and be near my loved ones...but at the same time, I am so sad that I do not get to go. I am sad to disappoint those waiting for us there. I even feel a little fear as I wonder if this was just a "Wait" and down the road I will be asked to go through that whole process again.

At first I was angry, but now just extremely curious as to what those 4 years of preparing were for. Were they years of testing? Learning obedience? Learning to submit to God and to my husband? How will those years be used now? I truly believe those experiences will not be wasted.

So, what do I do now? I feel a little lost. Unsure where to step next.

After God spared Isaac, He sent Abraham home.

I am home. I am thankful. I will worship Him Who knows the best plan for me...even if I do not see the next step.
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    Thank you for sharing this. I appreciate your transparency. I wonder if you have read Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. It is a powerful book and he talks a lot about what God asked Abraham to do. It was very helpful to me during a difficult time of transition and uncertainty.
    4086 days ago
    Michelle, I am so glad you posted today. While I was in the shower this morning, the Lord laid it upon my heart to pray for you. While I was getting dressed, I was listening to the song that I shared with you in our earlier days of sharing with each other. As I listened, the second verse really spoke to me and I felt I needed to share it with you. I have posted just the second verse, then after the post, the full song.

    "When setbacks and failures, and upset plans
    Test my faith and leave me with empty hands
    Are You not the closest when it's hardest to stand
    I know that You will finish what You began

    And these broken parts You will redeem
    Become the song that I can sing"

    Michelle, I know you know this, but He has it ALL in His hands. Remember, He knows us from the beginning of our life, to the end and all the stuff in between. He sees your aching heart sweetie, He knows the pain. I cry as I type this. I wish I could be there to pray with you, hug you, cry with you, and just listen.

    God has a way of putting us where we least expect it, even if it is where we have always been. It doesn't mean His plans for us have changed. It means that He has known along the plans He has for you. Remember? Plans for a future. Michelle, God has given me a love for you through our communication on here. He is working mightily in your lives.

    Did Isaac cry? Personally I think he did. I imagine he got angry, yelled at God, stomped around, before the acceptance came. I could be wrong, but I know how some men who love the Lord with all their might would react. These are strong men in the Lord.

    I will be praying for you.


    Downhere - Here I Am
    From the album Ending Is Beginning

    Sometimes Your calling, comes in dream
    Sometimes in comes in the Spirit's breeze
    You reach for the deepest hope in me
    And call out for the things of eternity

    But I'm a man, of dust and stains,
    You move in me, so I can say

    Here I am, Lord send me
    All of my life, I make an offering,
    Here I am, Lord send me
    Somehow my story is a part of Your plan,
    Here I am

    When setbacks and failures, and upset plans
    Test my faith and leave me with empty hands
    Are You not the closest when it's hardest to stand
    I know that You will finish what You began

    And these broken parts You will redeem
    Become the song that I can sing


    ed by the thought of my weakness
    And the fear that I'll fail You in the end
    In this mess, I'm just one of the pieces,
    I can't put this together but You can


    Here I Am, all my life an offering to You, to You
    Somehow my story is a part of Your plan
    Here I am
    4092 days ago
    I agree - beautiful - beauitful queries and certainly heart felt ones - I trust there will be understanding with peace. God Bless - Alicia
    4092 days ago
  • MUJU71
    Beautiful. I continue to pray for you, my dear friend. Keep trusting...keep rejoicing...keep your eyes on the hand of the Master.

    To Thee I lift up my eyes,
    O Thou who art enthroned in the heavens!
    Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
    As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress;
    So our eyes look to the LORD our God,
    Until He shall be gracious to us.
    Psalm 123:1-2
    4092 days ago
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