To This Day
randal, November 15, 2003 4:20:00 PM GMT
by J. Randal Matheny
"So Abraham called the name of that place, "The Lord will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided." --Gen. 22:14, ESV
"The Lord will provide." Abraham gave this name to the place God had indicated, in the land of Moriah, for him to sacrifice his promised son Isaac. When Abraham reached out his hand for the knife to slaughter his son, the Lord restrained him. He saw a ram, caught, by divine providence, in a thicket by its horns.
It is unlikely that Abraham, before arriving at the place, said anything to anyone about this frightful order from God. He took only Isaac with him on the last leg of the journey, and his purpose remained a secret.
Afterwards, however, that moment on the mountain became so famous that the name, "The Lord will provide," turned into a proverb, up to the day when Moses wrote the book of Genesis.
When you obey God without questioning, as did Abraham, "historic" moments will happen in your life that will furnish material for future generations.
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