"The Sacrifice of Abraham"
“The Sacrifice of Abraham” by Rembrandt, 1634. PD-US -expired, 1.0 .  Read about the offering in Genesis 22:1-19

Isaac carried the wood. Abraham carried the fire and the knife. Father and son climbed Mount Moriah together. No doubt Isaac arranged the wood on the altar as he had many times before. He asked his father, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham believed God. He answered, “God himself will provide the lamb.”

We don’t know whether or not Abraham looked into his son’s 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? Might he have simply asked, why? My heart tells me, though it isn’t recorded, there were sobbing cries between father and son–if only in their souls.

We do know that as Abraham prepared to plunge the knife into his beloved Isaac, God cried out, “Abraham! Abraham!”

Abraham called back, “I’m here, Lord!”

God said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy!”

Just as Abraham had told Isaac, God himself provided the sacrifice in Isaac’s place: A ram, caught by its horns in a nearby thicket, suddenly became visible.

Since the time of Abraham, the ram’s horns have symbolized God’s intervention. His mercy. His goodness. His can-you-believe-how-amazing-this-is, just in the nick of time, rescue.

Shevarim (pronounced shvar-eem) is the Hebrew word for “broken.” It is the name given to three medium blasts of the shofar, a trumpet fashioned out of a ram’s horn. Shevarim 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.

You can hear shevarim by clicking >>HERE<<.

Our world is broken and our souls sob in broken cries, but Jesus is nearby, ready to reveal himself to you. God himself has provided a sacrifice to take your place, and he will provide a can-you-believe-how-amazing-this-is, just in the nick of time, rescue in your life. Just believe him.

“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” –Romans 4:3-5, NIV


Copyright 2011, 2018 Kathryn A. Frazier. All rights reserved.


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