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.”
If you haven’t heard my dad’s messages through Genesis over the years, then you might be astounded to learn that this very mountain where Abraham offers Isaac might be the exact spot where Christ later gives His life for the world! Marvel at that for a moment, friend. What does that tell you about God’s providence? Before time began, God christened this rock, this moment, this patriarch, this boy, to serve as a picture of coming Redemption, but it’s only that: a picture. After all, any divine incarnation into our human words and symbols, any theophany that comes through human actors and agents, can never show us the totality of God’s surpassing greatness. But each letter, each lesson, each moment takes us further up the road. And when we seek the Spirit through the stories, when we practice the words rather than parse them out, then we find ourselves there with Abraham on Mt. Moriah: a little nearer to heaven above, a little further from the world below, raising memorials to the faithfulness of God.
Join me up there on that mountaintop today, friend. We’ve got monuments to build!