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The Lord will provide...

I was reading a commentary today by John Phillips about the time that Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac and the way that Phillips describes Isaac once the knife was stopped is amazing:

God had indeed provided a Lamb for a burnt offering...What thoughts must have surged through Isaac's soul as he stood there, released from his bonds as one brought back from the dead.  What thoughts must have been his as he witnessed the death of the ram.  Did he embrace the ram before it died?  How the tears must have flowed down his cheeks as he watched it bleed.  What similar thoughts should fill our hearts as we think of the Lamb that God provided, not just for Isaac, but for the sin of the world.  There was no reprieve for God, no stay of execution for Christ.

I thought about that phrase of if he embraced the ram before it died and how he must have cried in watching it bleed.  I wonder if Isaac was the one to go and get it out of the thicket.  I can only imagine him seeing the look on Abraham's face and seeing a total change of countenance.  It wasn't the same look as before.  Why?  Because it was not his son that he was sacrificing.  The look that Isaac saw bound up was the look that Jesus saw completed through his death on the cross from God the Father.

Oh to think of the depths by which God has provided salvation for mankind.  And he simply calls us to embrace him.  You are not embracing a dead man that died, you are instead able to embrace a risen Savior that is alive and conquered death and sin once and for all!

Church are we leading people to embrace the Son, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ!  This is our mission in making disciples in that we lead people to embrace Him as their personal Lord and Savior!  And we teach them to see that truly the Lord will provide...

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