1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
When Abraham took his son Isaac and started toward mount Moriah it was not an easy task for him, I think we all understand that it effected him emotionally. When we look at it from a father's perspective, we can understand the great difficulty of this trial.
He must have been broken that night. While the thoughts of why is this happening to me raced through his mind, questioning is there a way out this? But he knew that God had asked him to do it. Notice in the story that God told Abraham to go to the land of Moriah, but never told him what mountain to go to until it was time.
God does not always give us full instructions, but there will always be guidance given by Him. The teaching of “total blind faith” is a dangerous, self-deceiving, and misguiding teaching. Abraham never would had taken this task on himself, he would have been considered a murderer. Peter never stepped out of the boat until the Lord said, "come", or he would had sank immediately. Elijah never moved toward Zarephath until the word of the Lord came to him or he would had missed the timing of meeting the widow.
God will give step by step instructions, but our next step is determined by our obedience to the first step. Remember, we will never make it to the place of blessings until we learn to walk in obedience and walking in obedience always requires faith in what the Lord said.
Here are five principles that will help us walk by faith.
Know that God always gives instructions.
You must react to step one before you receive step two.
Don’t expect everyone else to understand your journey. (Not even Isaac who was part of the mission fully understood what was going on).
You must completely trust that God knows what is best in every situation. (If you do not come to a place where you understand principle four you will spend your whole life questioning God and will always remain in the same spiritual place).
Understand that faith is never determined by physical sight.
Pastor Todd McClain