There’s a Ram in the Thicket
God miraculously gave Abraham a son but later commanded to sacrifice him. Instead of Abraham having to go through with Isaac’s death, a ram in the thicket became the substitute.
- After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, sin escalated so much that God sent his wrath in the form of a flood (Gen. 7:23).
- After an attempt to reach God by their own methods at Babel, God scattered the nations (Gen. 11:9).
- God’s blessing of Abraham was undeserved, and yet he was chosen to bless all the nations of the earth (Gen. 12:2-3).
- When God tested Abraham, he expected him to pass (Gen. 22:1).
- Trust is demonstrated by obedience. Abraham proved his faith (Gen. 15:6) by this work (Gen. 22:2).
- Due to Abraham’s belief in God’s promise regarding Isaac, he knew that both of them would come back somehow (Gen. 22:5).
- It is typical for the offerer to provide the sacrifice, but this time, God would provide the substitute himself (Gen. 22:8).
- Moriah became a pivotal site regarding atonement for sin (Gen. 22:2; cf. 2 Ch. 3:1; Matt. 27:51).
- Isaac’s search for the sacrificial lamb (Gen. 22:7) is ultimately found in Jesus (John 1:29).
- The next only, beloved son offered up by a father would not have a substitute (Gen. 22:2). He would be the substitute (John 3:16)!
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.