Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Notice in this story what God promised and what He provided. Abraham knew that God was going to provide an offering of a LAMB. But, as Abraham was about to sacrifice his son in obedience to God, he saw that God provided a RAM to substitute the offering of his son. However, 2000 years later, In this very same region of Moriah, God provided the Lamb, Jesus Christ, His only son. God doesn’t promise us the ram (the exact answer to our current prayer of need or want), but He promises us the eternal provision that fulfills our deepest longing: the Lamb of Christ. We have been promised and given the resurrected Christ in our hearts to live now and forever with God. This gift was prophesied thousands of years before it actually happened! Our hope is eternal because we have been given the Lamb! (Excerpt taken from If Gathering 2016)
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