The ultimate sacrifice.
Sometime after the birth of Isaac, God continued the show-and-tell lessons concerning what He will accomplish for the helpless humankind, in the fullness of time. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about’.” Genesis 22:2, NIV. The mount Moriah was a large rock dome on the east side of the ancient city, the Salem; which later became the Jerusalem. On this rock dome king, Solomon built the Temple. The place where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac was on the west side of the Salem, near its wall.
The Israelite, when they entered the promised land, did not conquer the Salem, the Jebusites ruled it. Adjacent to the Salem was the Jebusites military fortress. King David defeated the Jebusites and made the Salem a part of Israel. He reconstructed the Jebusites military fort and called it the City of David, or the Zion. See, 2 Samuel 5:1 – 9. In the time of Abraham, the Salem was a small city covering no more than 12 to 15 acres.
What did Abraham do? He did not hesitate. “Early the next morning, Abraham got up and saddled 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.” Genesis 22:3, NIV. When Abraham reached the place God told him about, he prepared what was needed to sacrifice his son Isaac. However, God intervened.
The entire experience must have left a lasting impression on both Abraham and his son. Abraham, perhaps, understood the meaning of their experience that day. He may have realized that day, the extent of what God will, in the fullness of time, do for the benefit of the helpless humankind. The Show-and-tell lesson of that day is astonishing.
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