A Lesson on Letting Go: The Sacrifice of Abraham

 

Yahweh-yireh: On the mountain the Lord himself will see to it

 

Sometime after these events, God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, “Abraham!” “Ready!” he replied.

Gen 22:1

Who among us has the total abandon and trust that Abraham has for God? When God, the Almighty Creator, called upon your name, considering that you cannot know what awaits for you, that He has all power over you and what you have, that He has the right to demand anything from you, how can you answer the call immediately with the word “Ready”?

“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.”

Gen 22:2

Isaac can be a symbol of anything or anyone in our lives. What or who is it that you can consider as Isaac, your only one, whom you love,” in your life? Then comes the more scary realization that Isaac is indeed God’s greatest blessing in your life, that “he” came from God and God has all the right to it. Ultimately comes the realization of the greatest fear of your life, that God will take “him” away from you, you need to offer and sacrifice “him” to God. Who among us is certain that he can let go and let God?

Even though we know that Isaac is just a gift that we never really had in the first place, we have learned to love that most precious one with everything that we are and Isaac is the only assurance of a happy future in this world full of pain and suffering. God has promised to Abraham that he will be a “Father of Nations” and that promise can only be fulfilled through Isaac. Now, does God go back on his promises? Does God revoke His gifts?

What Abraham did was truly incredible. He has proven something to the Almighty Creator. He has shown that it can be done. That one can totally abandon everything that he has to God. Now, God can never be surpassed by a man. Because He is God, He needs to show that He can, not only that, but also that He can do it better, in a way that no man can surpass. God, on His part, has given and will continue to give to man, His most precious one, His Beloved, His Only Begotten Son, Jesus, who in fact surpasses Abraham’s sacrifice in all ways since Jesus, is not just a Son, but God’s very self, God Himself, who because of love surrendered Himself to being human, to the whole of humanity and continues to abandon Himself to the mystery of human freedom and choice to love Him back.

“What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?”

Rom 9:32

Indeed, what can we say to this? What can God not give us? In the end, we need to realize that Isaac is just a gift, a foretaste of whatever is promised to us, an anticipation of God’s plan. In the final analysis, it is still God who will fulfill the promise, not us, we just need to surrender and trust. And unless we gave Him our Isaac, unless we let go of Isaac to God, we will not be able to see where God’s love will truly bring us, to the fulfillment that surpasses that deepest desire of our hearts and the wildest imagination of our minds.

“I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants, all the nations of earth shall find blessing –all these because you have obeyed my command.”

Gen 22:16-18

We are the heirs of God’s promises to Abraham and God still and will fulfill His part as long as we are ready like Abraham to offer our Isaac to Him and to surrender to His love. He has given, and still gives us His beloved Son, Jesus and all that He asks is that we listen to Him and abandon ourselves to Him. We must let go and let God because God has let go and let man. And as nothing can ever separate us from His love, let us surrender to His embrace.

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