Psalm 22. Isaiah 53. The Gospels. Scripture is full of accounts that chronicle the pain and the perspective of the Son. But what about the pain and the perspective of the Father?
In Genesis 22, Abraham finally becomes a dad after waiting a quarter of a century. A child is born. A son is given. Isaac…the baby promised by God, given by God, named by God. After all Abraham and Sarah had been through, it was time to settle down. It was time to be a family.
And then, one night, years later…that familiar voice speaks to Abraham. And gives him a command:
“Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
A test. The most difficult test Abraham would endure. A test that seems so cruel…so out of character for the Test Giver. Abraham reaches the only conclusion that makes sense—if God is commanding him to do this…then God will raise his son from the dead. And so, because of God's consistent character, and because of God's previous promises, Abraham moves forward in faithful obedience.
In Genesis 22, we see a glimpse of the anguish experienced by the father of faith that foreshadowed the anguish fully realized by God the Father. Listen to our study of this important and significant event…and see the love of the Father in a new way.