Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thoughts from Moriah

Yesterday my journey through the Bible took me to Genesis 22, the story of Abraham and Isaac's journey to Moriah.

This story is often used to preach and teach about Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything, even his son, his only son Isaac, to the Lord.

However, as I was reading the story I was struck by something else.

5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Abraham took his son with him to worship.

In verse 7 Isaac asked his father "Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Isaac knew what the requirements were for a burnt offering. He had been trained by his father the proper way to worship.

Our children will not know how to pray, how to serve the Lord, how to worship, how to read their Bible, how to go into the house of the Lord unless we, their parents, train them. Have family devotions. Take them to church every time the doors are open. Have them kneel and pray with us during pre-service prayer. Encourage them to praise and worship during the service, and to listen and respond to the preaching. Accompany them to the altar during altar service.

This is definitely a work-in-progress in our family, but as I read of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice, I also read of his training of his son. And I want to be willing to do both.

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