By Travis Lauterbach
God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son, and Abraham reached the point of faith believing that if he did so, God would raise his only son from the dead.
Abraham trusted that no matter what, God would be faithful to Him and fulfill His promise to make him into a great nation through which all families would be blessed (Genesis 12).
At the point of sacrifice, the Angel of the Lord commanded Abraham to stop.
As soon as the Angel finished speaking to Abraham, he looked up and saw “a ram caught in a thicket by his horns” (Genesis 22:13). Abraham and Isaac offered the ram as a sacrifice to the Lord.
Abraham named that place “The Lord will provide” (Gn. 22:14).
That name refers back to what Abraham told Isaac as they walked to the place of sacrifice. He said to Isaac, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Gn. 22:8).
Abraham wasn’t to sacrifice his son. Another sacrifice would be provided many, many years later.
John the Baptist pointed at Jesus one day and announced to his followers, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Jesus Himself said, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The ram caught in the thicket is a picture of God’s Son poked and pricked by the crown of thorns stuck on His head.
The mountain where Abraham was commanded to make sacrifice, Moriah, is also a vital place in the Bible.
2 Chronicles 3:1 says, “Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah.”
The temple and Jerusalem, all on Mount Moriah. The place where Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering,” is the place where Jesus sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world.
Through Jesus all the families of the earth are blessed because He died for the sins of all people. So whoever believes has life.