Genesis 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
As we said in the last study, the Father desires that every place should be a meeting place and every place should be a place of worship with Him. Places of true worship are places where FAITH is tested. In this place of worship God watches the man and his heart. God told Abraham what He wanted as an offering, and Abraham obeyed.
It would seem that Abraham did not just see this in the negative, as a place where he had to give up his son as an offering. Abraham saw this as a place and an opportunity to meet with God and worship Him.
Now consider the offering. Abraham had received a promise of a seed that would bless the nations. He tried to make Lot that son and God said NO. He tried to make Eliezer that son and God said NO. He tried to make Ishmael that son and God said NO.
Isaac was the son of promise. Abraham had waited for him for over 20 years. Now he was to lay him on an altar and sacrifice him to the Lord. But that is not all. Remember, the sacrifice to the Lord was to be burnt completely with the fire of the altar.
Abraham’s promised son was to be completely consumed and fully offered up on the altar of testing and obedience. Abraham proved by obedience that he was a man of faith and a friend of God. Wow. And he said that he was going to mountain to WORSHIP.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.