Slaying Isaac (The Hard Copy)

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

*This is the hard copy for my YouTube video of the same tittle.

Genesis chapter 22 describes one of the hardest days in the life of Abraham. God had personally promised him that he and Sarah were going to have a child, but this wasn’t to be your everyday birth. Embodied in Isaac were more than the joys of parenthood. He also carried the promise and the covenant of Almighty God.

What a delight Isaac must have been to Abraham and Sarah when he came into their lives. Looking into his wrinkled little face thrilled the hearts of those old saints. As Isaac grew, Abraham like most fathers, found the most pleasure out of watching his son grow into a young man. In time Isaac became Abraham treasure and he own the old man’s heart.

Then, one day the unthinkable happened. God told Abraham to do something that filled him with sorrow. Had he heard God correctly? Surely, Abraham misunderstood God’s words. Did God really say, “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.”? (vs. 2 NIV) However, God’s instructions were unmistakable.

 “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…”

We can only imagine what was going through Abraham’s mind, the pain and confusion that surely gripped his heart. “Isaac is my heart, my treasure. How could I… How could I be expected to do something so unimaginable?” Yet despite the pain and confusion he was suffering, Abraham knew God. They weren’t just casual acquaintances. They were friends­­, close friends. Therefore, he knew that his friend, God, wouldn’t do anything that might harm him.

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…”

To Abraham, Isaac was more than his dearly loved son: He was the walking, breathing representation of the covenant between Abraham and God. Would God make such a promise, miraculously present him with a son and then suddenly change His mind?

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…”

But, LORD, Isaac carries the Seed of the promise and he’s my only son.

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…”

But LORD, this is my son, the child of the covenant, of the promise… my son!

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…and slay him.”

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” (John 21:15 NIV)

Is it possible for us to allow something, or someone, to dethrone God in our hearts? Is it possible to let our love and devotion for family and others crowd out our devotion to God? Could we even let the promises that we cling to depose the Promise Giver? Can we allow ministry and the things of the church take God’s rightful place in our hearts? Is it possible for us to become so hyper-religious that we let the things of God replace God, Himself? What’s in your heart?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ⸺Jesus (Luke 12:34 NIV)

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” ⸺Jesus (Matthew 16:25 NIV)

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love… and slay him.”

Are you willing to kill something in order to keep it? Abraham discovered the answer to that question. He found that God didn’t want Abraham’s son; He wanted his heart. He wanted Abraham to return Him to his rightful place⸺the throne of his heart. This was Abraham’s test. Isaac had dethroned God from his father’s heart. Abraham was forced to ask the question. “Who does my heart belong to, the son of the promise or the Promise Giver?”

“Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” ⸺Jesus (Revelations 2:4 NIV)

Sooner or later every believer is faced with this decision. Will we let the pressures of life, such as careers, family, finances and even church activities, become an Isaac that invades our heart threatening to displace our “first love”? Great reward awaits those who are willing to slay their Isaacs. Blessings immeasurable belong to those who will give God their dearest treasures. Yes, He will bless those who are willing give up that which they love best and allow God top priority in their lives.

Look at God’s response to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his very best. “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you…”  (Genesis 22: 16-17 NIV)

Do you have an Isaac setting on the throne of your heart? What is eating up your energy and controlling your thought-life? What or whom is consuming your strength, your joy, your peace? Whatever it is, that’s your Isaac. What’s yours? Is it climbing the corporate ladder? Is it obsessing with family or financial problems? What consumes your mind and heart? What are you withholding from the God of Abraham? That’s your Isaac!

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love… and slay him.”

Don’t you think that it’s time for you to gather the wood, build an altar and slay your Isaacs? Mark this: Obedience in the face of great loss will bring an abundance of blessings and an authority never before imagined.

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other…” ⸺Jesus (Matthew 6:24 NIV)

 

 

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