“Some time later God tested Abraham. He commanded Abraham to take Isaac, to go to the region on Moriah and sacrifice him there as a burn offering on one of the mountains. So, early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey and set out in obedience to God’s command”; (Gen. 22:1-3 NIV).
PARABLES AND DREAMS
A parable is an earthly story that has a heavenly meaning. Jesus frequently used parable as a means of illustrating profound, divine truths. He used common things such as salt, light, bread, sheep, etc. as examples to present a thought provoking point. The meaning were fairly clear in the context of His teachings.
“What if God would have given Isaac a dream in parable form, before He was to become the sacrifice?” (*The following parable is fictitious. I received inspiration from the picture to convey a message.)
The Parable of Isaac’s Dream (by Jeanie Shepard)
The night before Abraham was to take his only son Isaac to the mountain to offer him as a burnt offering, Isaac had a dream. In the dream he saw himself, a sparse tree and a cow grazing nearby. As Isaac was passing by, he turned to see just what this vision could mean. He was aware of the offering that was to take place at day break. He would be accompanying his father and they would take the wood, the lamb, and the fire with them. But in the dream Isaac heard his own voice say, “But, father where is the fire?” Then, he woke up.
Upon waking up, Isaac thought about the dream, he knew that if there wasn’t any fire to burn up the sacrifice, the sacrifice presented to God would not accepted. If any of the required elements were missing the offering could not be made. “So, where was the fire?”
Of course this dream didn’t happen, and isn’t found in the Bible. In the example parable (fictitious), the things required were shown to Isaac in the dream, except one of the major thing was missing. Without the fire the sacrifice could not be offered. God’s acceptance of the sacrifice was proven by fire. The fulfillment of the promise requires a burnt offering; something has to die by fire. This is true for us as well, there is a process that comes with the promise. You cannot get the promise without the test.
“Why would God ask Abraham to sacrifice the very thing that He promised to give him in order to bring forth the promised seed?” In spite of this fact that it took 20 years for the promise to come, Abraham never questioned God. Chapters 16-20 explains what had to happen before the fulfillment of the promised seed. These chapters gives us insight into what Abraham was doing and why it took 20 years for the promise to come to pass. Some things have to die.
There are times of testing for every believer. Testing is done in order for the believer to know where they measure in their spiritual walk. Spiritual fruit is developed doing times of testing, and the condition of your faith can be seen by your actions. Test results are for the believer to know his spiritual condition; God already knows. If you find it next to impossible to wait for God to answer your prayer request, then most likely your area of weakness is patience. If you’re afraid that God won’t provide what you have requested, perhaps your faith is weak. Faith is like a muscle, and muscles grow when they’re exercised.
It is essential that we trust God, even when we can’t trace His hand. We have to continue to stand firm in our faith believing that what God has promised will come to pass.
Faithful Abraham’s Expected End
Just before the 12 o’clock hour Abraham heard the angel of the LORD call out from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham! Do not lay a hand on the boy.” Abraham looked up and there in the thicket he saw a ram; (v.v. 11-13). God provided the sacrifice! So, Abraham called that place, ‘The Lord will provide, (Jehovah Jirah). It was Abraham’s faith that brought forth the blessing. The same is true for you and I, God has already prepared every blessing in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus; (Eph. 1:3). There isn’t a valid reason for us to doubt God, His power or His ability to provide. With God nothing is impossible. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can think or ask; (Eph. 3:20). Keep praying and expect to see your promise come to pass.
References: Bible Hub.com; Paintings: “Bastion Lepage” was part of the ‘Glasgow Boys’; *Please note: None of the photo’s used belong to me.