Isaac was living proof that God kept his word. But now as they ascended the mountain, Abraham could not deny the reality of Isaac, bearing the wood for his own sacrifice on his shoulders, and the weight of his own knife at his side.
Just then, Isaac called out, “My father!”
At the sound of his son’s voice, a lump formed in Abraham’s throat. “Yes, son.”
“We have the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham drew in a deep breath and heard himself say, ”God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”
His answer was conspicuously vague, but thankfully Isaac did not pursue it.
When they came to the place God showed him, Abraham built the altar, he and Isaac together laying the stones. A rush of words flooded Abraham’s mind. So many things he wanted to say, but the words caught in his throat and he could not speak. So they worked silently, side by side, Abraham memorizing the shape and heft of every stone they carried between them, the roughness of the wood pressed against their hands. He would lay his son here.
When the final stone was hoisted into place, the last piece of wood laid out for the sacrifice, father and son stood together in front of the empty altar.
WHAT CAME BEFORE
In the Shadow of the Mountain | The Sacrifice of Isaac: Part 2
WHAT CAME AFTER
The Offering | The Sacrifice of Isaac: Part 4
Though I try to remain faithful to the events and characters as described in the Bible, I take some liberties where the Bible is silent, especially regarding what the characters might have thought or felt. I encourage you to read the original story: Genesis 22