Intro to Philosophy
October 29th 2012
Establishing trust in God’s Plan
The commandment coming from a sovereign God “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,” are words strike our hearts, and give us a sense of immorality and brutality from God. As we read these lines for the first time, we do not recognize that we do not know Abraham, we do not know God, yet we set ourselves capable of judging such situation with our mere minds. Nonetheless, in the book of Genesis on chapter 22, there is more than meets the eye. There in those paragraphs the heart of every man can rebel against God for his cruel request. However, this God which the bible speaks about, says himself “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55: 8-9). Meaning then, that such request from God had such a divine plan that it can be ignored at first glance. Abraham was a loyal man chosen by God whom had already heard the voice of the LORD through dreams, visions, visits from angels (Gen 18:2), who had trusted the LORD in previous situations, and had been witness from time to time that God’s promises always come to pass. Abraham was asked by God to leave his country, people and his father’s household and was to be lead by God to a land he would show him (Gen 12:1). It was by the age of seventy-five when he accepted God’s request, and trusted his guidance. After they traveled through several lands, the LORD appeared to this patriarch and showed him the land that He would provide for his offspring (Gen 12:7). Later on Abraham’s life, as it is recorded on Genesis 15, God promised an heir, because Abraham still remained childless at such old age, because his wife Sarah was unable to provide a child (Romans 4:18). Amazingly, at the age of ninety-nine, three angels on behalf of the LORD appeared to Abraham and told him “I will surely return to you about this time next year and Sarah your wife will have a son” (Gen 18:10). As it was said, Isaac was born, the promise had been fulfilled, and God had provided a son, though whom amazing nations would come. Why then God asked Abraham to sacrifice his child? We can somewhat grasp the relationship that Abraham had with God when we see that God requested this burnt offering. Abraham took his child early next morning in company of other two servants. The travel to the region of Moriah was a three day journey. There was no hesitation from the patriarch to do as the LORD had asked, yet, through this three-day-journey the patriarch’s heart of a loving father must have struggled through such idea of murdering his only son. When they saw the place in the distance, he asked his servants to stay, that they would worship then would be back to them (Gen 22:4-5) Isaac was carrying the knife and the own wood in which he was to be killed as a burnt offering. Isaac said to his dad “the fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” not knowing he was chosen to be the “lamb” (Gen 22:7). A servant of God, that knows God, understands that all things comes from Him, God is the ultimate authority, in which the first part of the word authority you find the word author. The statement “ultimate authority” or “creator of all”, reveals that God is able to create anything as author of all that exists. A men whom God has been revealed to, understand that God it’s capable of doing all possible, as it was demonstrated to Abraham that he would have a child even when the odds were against him. After Isaac asked, “where is the lamb for the burnt offering? His fathered, answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (v.8). After that Abraham built an altar, and with full...