THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IN SALAH
God tests our faith to build us in him.
“After these things.” It must and it does come. And for many, it comes often. God cares about your heart. He tests the purity of your love and the consistency of your obedience.
God never intended to take Isaac – only to test Abraham. And the test was not for God’s sake, but for Abraham’s. God intended to bring Abraham to full surrender to Himself and to full faith
Abraham’s act of faith is awesome. Young Isaac is Abraham’s only future, yet he is willing to entrust his future to God
Do we love anything more than God
One explanation of it is to be found and the words of our Lord, “He that loveth father or mother, son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
God’s love for us is immeasurably great, that he would sacrifice his only Son for our sins.
God’s request for him to sacrifice Isaac his only son, was to foreshadow the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of God’s son on Calvary
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.” — Romans 8:32.
“The sacrifice required of Abraham in the offering up of Isaac, shows that if a man would attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life; he must sacrifice all things
We learn a lesson of obedience. Abraham was called upon to make the greatest possible sacrifice, a sacrifice that seemed to clash with the instinct of reason, affection, and religion alike, and yet without a murmur he obeyed the command of God. We learn, too, that for wise reasons God sometimes permits the trial of His people’s faith–not to weaken, but to strengthen it, for He knows that if it be genuine, trial will have the same effect which the storm produces on the kingly oak, only rooting it more firmly in the soil.
God provides a male sheep for the sacrifice,
just as Abraham had told Isaac that he would. “Provide” is the Hebrew verb is yir’eh from the root rā’eh , “to see.” Literally, it reads, “God will see for himself the sheep.” This word yir’eh , “will see, will provide” becomes the basis of Abraham’s choice of a name for this place in verse 14,
Yahweh-yir’eh , (“Jehovah-jireh,” KJV), “The LORD Will Provide.