Fathers and Sons Must Walk Together
“Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ And he said, ‘Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.” (Genesis 22:7-10, NASB)
Most of the sermons that are preached on this verse focus on the faith and trust Abraham placed in God. As I read this passage, the Holy Spirit revealed a deeper truth. This passage illustrates the importance of the bond between fathers and sons. Abraham had faith in and trusted God, his Heavenly Father. Notice, his response to Isaac’s question regarding the sacrificial lamb, “God will provide…” They walked on together, father and son, secure in their bond of faith and trust.
Their actions are the proof of their mutual trust: (1) Abraham built the altar and arranged the wood for the sacrifice (2) he bound Isaac and placed him on the altar (3) Isaac did not resist and allowed himself to be placed on the altar, believing in his father’s love (4) Abraham raised the knife without hesitation to kill and sacrifice his son to God (5) Isaac never complained, only copied his father’s faithful obedience. Their bond of faith and trust becomes an unbreakable 3-strand cord when it is added to God’s unconditional love. Best of all, God’s love never fades, fails or disappoints.
Child of God, ask God to show you the strength of your bond of faith and trust. Do you love God enough to obey Him, no matter what? Do you trust Him to provide a way out? Are you willing to put everything and everyone on the line for God? Is your bond strong and durable or weak and easily broken? I encourage you to walk with God at all times, secure in the bond of faith and trust in Him. Remember, His love never fails and will always provide what you need just when you need it!
Lord, thank you for this lesson on the bond between fathers and sons. Help me to be obedient at all times with an unwavering faith and trust in you. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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