Genesis 22:6-8: God’s provision.

“6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, ‘Father?’ ‘Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied. ‘The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.” NIV UK

The name ‘’Moriah’’ (vs 2: Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah) means ‘The Lord will provide’ (see also 9, 14).

Again, the gospel resonance continues. We are reminded of the cross being placed on Jesus (6). Also, there is no record of protest on the part of Isaac. It seems he submitted to his father’s will. The unity between father and son is reflected in the words of verses 6b and 8b: ‘’…the two of them went on together.’’ This is a distant echo of the oneness between God the Father and God the Son that we are going to witness in the gospels.

The ultimate provision of ‘’the lamb for the burnt offering’’ (8) would come centuries later. John the Baptist announced it when he said of Jesus: ‘’Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’’ (John 1:29; see also v.36). Christ is not just a lamb; He is the Lamb. That is why He can take away sin, and not just cover it. In this wonderful story in Genesis, we see a foreshadowing of the central act of salvation. Isn’t it wonderful how the whole Bible hangs together?