Abraham had waited 100 years for a son to be born to him. That’s a long time! Twenty-five of those years, were years waiting for a son after God had promised to give him one. He has finally had a son who had grown up some. This youngster was the promised son that God said would receive everything that was Abraham’s when he died and be the start of powerful nations. But before Isaac was even old enough to get married, God told Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain and sacrifice him to God.
Isaac was Abraham’s son, his only son, meaning he was the promised son who would inherit all that was Abraham’s. He was the son that Abraham loved with all of his heart. And God was asking him to kill him on an altar on a strange mountain far from home. How could Abraham do such a thing if Isaac was his only hope of having a future!? And that is the point. It is very tempting to see another person or a certain event or a gift as being “our only hope.” Abraham understood something that we often forget: Isaac was not his only hope; God was. The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote,
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back,” (Hebrews 11:17-19, ESV)
If God promised that Isaac was going to be the one to receive all that was given to Abraham, then Abraham believed that God would keep his promise, even if that meant raising Isaac from the dead. Isaac wasn’t Abraham’s hope; God was. Let us learn this lesson. God is our hope. There’s no reason to be scared. There’s no reason to doubt. There’s no reason to distrust. Because of Jesus—His life, death, and resurrection—our hope is anchored in God.
(Video added 9/4/18)