Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day 13

Weird is the New Normal:  A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis
 
Weird – “of strange or extraordinary character.”
Normal – “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern”
  • Merriam Webster
Day Thirteen – “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” – Isaac (Gen. 22: 7)
Continuing our journey into weirdness, we have ninety-year-old Sarah becoming pregnant, just as God had promised, and giving birth to one hundred-year-old Abraham’s son.  The son was named “Isaac,” which means “laughter,” or “he laughs.”  Sarah (who had laughed at the thought of this) now laughed with joy!  “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” (Gen. 21: 6) There is a big difference in someone laughing “with” you and someone laughing “at” you. 
Skipping ahead a few years…  Isaac is a young man – an adolescent.  God calls to Abraham one day and tells him to do something weird.  “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah.  Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” (Gen. 22: 2)  Whhaaaatttt?
OK, we don’t read this in the Scriptures, but I can only imagine that Abraham had something like this going on in his head: “God!  Are you crazy or something? You started all of this by promising me that I would become a great nation, and Isaac was the son that you promised.  And I had to wait until I was 100 years old before Isaac was born!  And now, you are asking me to sacrifice him as a burnt offering? I can’t see how this is going to work out!”  Like I said, I’m only imagining that Abraham had this going on in his head.
What actually happened was that Abraham got up early the next morning, and took two of his servants and his son Isaac, and set out for Moriah.  When they got there, Abraham told his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there.  We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (Gen. 22: 5) The “we” in v. 5 is very important. It gives us a glimpse of Abraham’s faith. “We will come back to you.”
“Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Isaac asks along the way. This tugs at my heart, being a father myself.  Abraham answers the only way he knows how to answer.  “God himself will provide the lamb.”  Those words are heavy with faith, and heavy with foreshadowing of what would happen on another mountain…Calvary.
The truth is, Abraham didn’t know HOW, but he believed THAT God would provide.  He didn’t see the ram caught in the thicket until after he was willing to offer his only son.  Faith, according to Hebrews 11: 1, is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Reflection:  Recall a time when you had to trust God to provide.
Action: Take a leap of faith!
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