Isaac carried the wood. Abraham carried the fire and the knife. Father and son climbed Mt. Moriah together. No doubt Isaac arranged the wood on the altar as he had many times before. When he asked his father, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb.”
We don’t know if Abraham looked his son in the eyes, as he bound the young man and laid him on the altar. Did Isaac argue for his life? Did he leave a last word for his mother? We don’t know. Might he have simply asked, why? My mother’s heart tells me that even though it isn’t recorded, there were sobbing cries, if only in their souls.
We do know that as Abraham prepared to plunge the knife into his son, God cried out, “Abraham! Abraham!” I wonder if Abraham dropped the knife in relief as he called back, “I’m here, Lord!”
God said, “do not lay a hand on the boy!” And, just as Abraham believed, God himself provided for the sacrifice. A ram, caught by its horns in a nearby thicket, suddenly became visible.
Since the time of Abraham, the ram’s horns symbolize God’s intervention. His mercy. His goodness. His can-you-believe-how-amazing-this-is, just in the nick of time, rescue.
Shevarim is the name given to three medium, wailing, blasts of the shofar, a trumpet fashioned out of a ram’s horn. It has the broken sound of sobbing cries. When we hear it, we long for intervention, in the same way that Abraham and Isaac must have yearned for rescue, yearned not to be separated, yearned for another chance at life.
Listen to shevarim by clicking >>HERE<<, and then believe God himself will provide a can-you-believe-how-amazing-this-is, just in the nick of time, rescue in your life.
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