Sunday, June 07, 2015

Abraham's Test

Abraham was old past old 
When he faced his hardest test--
More to trust and more to know--
This, the hardest, highest price--
One last fearsome sacrifice.

Could he give his treasured son?
Could he bind him like a lamb,
Put him on a pile of wood,
Raise his finest, sharpest knife,
Kill him—kill him—as a gift
To the Lord who gave that son?

Abraham, with aching faith,
Was determined to obey.
If the Lord has promised seed,
Entire nations from this youth,
Yet commands this sacrifice,
How can he fulfill that word?
He must raise young Isaac up.
So, in faith, he raised his hand--
Raised the deadly, sharpened knife.

Thus, our father Abraham
Pictured more than he could know--
God the Father’s sacrifice
Of his precious, only Son
Who would die, a holy lamb,
For the sins of all who trust--
Trust with sheer obedience--
Trust in Jesus, killed for them--
Killed and risen, reigning now!

And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” (Genesis 22:13-14 ESV)

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. (Hebrews 11:17-19 ESV)

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