At the church I pastor, I like to spend our Sundays together in December (also known as Advent) focusing on the amazing story of God “becoming” one of us to bring us salvation. It’s the most amazing story in the Bible to me, especially with all the foreshadowing that is revealed in the Old Testament. Yesterday’s message included the story of Abraham being told to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Isaac notices that everything they need for a sacrifice to God is present, except the lamb. Abraham’s answer to Isaac’s question of where the lamb was is a beautiful insight to the heart of God and His plan:
“My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” Genesis 22:8 NKJV.
Hebrew is an interesting language and what we have recorded there originally is just these five words “ben Elohim rawaw seh olah,” which literally translated is “son God see lamb offering.” Within the context of the rest of the chapter we can see why the translators would have made that sentence read as we saw above. However, having the knowledge that we do now looking backwards in time through the lens of history, we can also see how the answer was prophetic — that the Son of God would be the one for us to see is the lamb for the offering. It would be on this very mountain where Abraham declared this that Jesus would give His life, fulfilling John’s declaration,
“Behold! the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
Let’s never forget why Jesus came to planet earth — He was born so that He could die, and his death would mean the chance for eternal life for us all. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.