It appears in these last days that God is moving quickly to correct the theology of His children - those who claim Christ as Lord and Savior. Is there anything more in prayer when you've run out of words? When you've quoted every Scripture you know? When you've rebuked the devil and pled the blood of Jesus until you're drenched in it?
God has given Abraham and Sarah the son *He* promised them – Isaac (which means "laughter"). But, the laughter leaves as God speaks to Abraham and requests the "son of the promise" as a sacrifice. Ishmael and his mother have been sent away – there is no backup. No one to take Isaac's place.
We do not hear any protest from Abraham. What was he thinking? Was he thinking this new, invisible God was no different from the pagan gods in the land of his birth? Was he thinking, *Sarah and I can just make another kid*? Nevertheless, he gathered the items for the sacrifice, his son, and a couple servants and headed to the mountain, the place of sacrifice.
At a point, he tells the servants, "Stay here. My son and I are going to worship, and then we'll be back." Worship. By sacrificing His only son – the son of the promise? We know the rest of the story in Genesis 22. He raised the knife to plunge it into the heart of his son, when God spoke and stopped him. The ram in the bush was waiting.
But…let's go back to Abraham's statement about "worship." The word in Hebrew in this passage is *shachah* - to literally humble oneself, lay face down and allow someone to put their foot on your face. Give in. Give up. Give all to the wishes of that foot on your face. They call the shots. You agree.
Worship may include elements of thanksgiving and praise, but true worship is submission. *Whatever You say, Lord. You are the Creator of the universe. Your will, Lord, not my will. Your way, Lord, not my way. I will obey, Lord. I trust You, Lord. Even with my only son. You are trustworthy, O, Lord. You are faithful, Father. You can do anything. You can bring my son back from the dead. I don't understand why this is happening, Lord, but I trust You. It hurts so badly, God, help me trust You."
And with tears overflowing, the knife is raised and beginning its descent when God speaks and a rustle and bleating is heard coming from a nearby bush. God Himself has provided the sacrifice! And with such worship, God is pleased. God provided His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrifice for our sins. WORSHIP GOD.
15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.