“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” ROMANS 12:1
This week I want to reflect on Abraham’s Mount Moriah experience in Genesis 22. This story might just be one of the strangest stories of the Bible. Abraham is awoken in his sleep by God who tells him to go sacrifice Isaac, his son of promise. In the morning Abraham wakes Isaac and tells him that they are to go offer a sacrifice. So they start a quest to find a mountain that God said He would show Abraham.
After a long journey they find the mountain. Climbing up the mountain, Isaac takes inventory and says, “Dad, I think we forgot the sacrifice.”
Abraham replies, “God will provide one, my son.”
Once they reach the top of the mountain Abraham finally speaks to Isaac. “Listen. You are the sacrifice.”
Isaac—being the obedient child that he was—lets his father tie him up and lay him on the altar. Abraham raises the knife to take his son’s life… but just at the last second God’s angel calls to them, “Stop! Don’t hurt your son. Now I know that you fear God.” They then find a ram trapped in the bushes, ready for sacrifice.
This story is very intriguing to me because I think that if I heard voices telling me to kill my son, I would automatically write them off! But Abraham didn’t. He followed what he believed to be God’s will even if it meant giving up his dearest treasure. This story shows a call that God may lay on us. At times, God asks us to lay down what we hold dearest, not so that he can take it from us but so that he can unlock its potential, allowing us to do bigger things then we could do before.