I was referencing some scripture in Genesis recently and along came one of those moments when you’ve spent time in a passage before but you’ve never picked up on a certain something. If I asked you to think of an Old Testament story about trust, I am certain Abraham and Isaac would be a top pick.
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
~ Genesis 22:3-8
My plan was to explore when Abraham says “we will be back” that’s what I wanted to study, I wanted to see what I could learn from that type of trust but it was the trust that Isaac had for Abraham that stuck out to me. I mean Isaac had no concern, no worry he went willingly, knowing he was safe with his father, he even carried the wood and the knife.
I had to ask myself reading this; I am a Christ follower, but do I trust God to the point of carrying the wood. It was the wood that made me think of Christ, He carried His wood right to the top of Golgotha.
I recently spent a lot of time studying the scripture about picking up our cross daily and it seems that I have been led right back to it. Carry the wood. Pick it up daily and head for Golgotha.
We have heard all the reasons why Christ died on the cross, and there is truth in all of those things that were accomplished by Christ hanging on the cross. I am not trying to reduce His sacrifice but the big why He did what He did, for me is; Christ died on the cross first and foremost out of obedience to the Father. And for me it is the Fathers plan that is fulfilled through this obedience.
And in both situations we find Father and Son walking on together.
In the case of Abraham, God did not ultimately require such a sacrifice from Abraham. He stopped Abraham from slaying his son, and provided a ram for the sacrifice; a type of the Christ to come, who would be God’s own sacrifice to redeem mankind back to Himself.
The only path to eternal life is to pick up our cross daily and trust God to the point of full obedience.