Genesis 22:7 records a very poignant question that Isaac, the son, asks of his father Abraham. Isaac, noticed that the fire and the wood was there for the burnt offering, but the lamb wasn’t. Abraham’s response to Isaac, was a expression of his trust and reliance on God, for even though he knew that he was to sacrifice his son (as the lamb), believing that God could raise Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11:19), he faltered not in believing in the providing nature of God.
Points to ponder:
Fast forward a couple of thousand years to the time of Jesus’ time on earth and his crucifixion and you will find the answer to the question posed by Isaac. John the Baptist identified Jesus Christ to be the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29) and on the Cross on Golgotha (Calvary), you find Jesus as the lamb offered to take away the sins of the world (Isaiah 53:7-10). Jesus is the Lamb that God provided (as the perfect sacrifice) to redeem mankind, making his soul an offering for our sins. Behold Jesus, the Agnus Dei – the Lamb of God, provided for you and me.
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Genesis 22:7-8 (KJV)
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
John 1:29 (KJV)
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Isaiah 53:7-10 (KJV)
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.