Jesse Tree – Day 7: Isaac
Remember how I said last time how today was going to be about Isaac?
Well! Get ready, because here we go!
Here is the ornament that I made for today:
So, what is this ram? Good question! It’s the ram that God provides so that Abraham doesn’t have to kill his son, Isaac, and can instead sacrifice the ram.
But I am getting ahead of myself! Let’s look at scripture, shall we?
1Some time afterward, God put Abraham to the test and said to him: Abraham! “Here I am!” he replied. 2Then God said: Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you. 3Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac, and after cutting the wood for the burnt offering, set out for the place of which God had told him.4On the third day Abraham caught sight of the place from a distance. 5Abraham said to his servants: “Stay here with the donkey, while the boy and I go on over there. We will worship and then come back to you.”
6So Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two walked on together,
7Isaac spoke to his father Abraham. “Father!” he said. “Here I am,” he replied. Isaac continued, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” 8“My son,” Abraham answered, “God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering.” Then the two walked on together.9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Next he bound his son Isaac, and put him on top of the wood on the altar.
My, what a dramatic story! Especially with the art… if you’ve read this reading a bunch of times before, it’s easy to just think of it as normal, but when you see Abraham lift up his arm with his knife in hand, then it gets a little more real.
Which, by the way, is why I love running this website! I love sharing scripture in a new and exciting way, and what better way to do this than by sharing with you stunning images? 🙂
I would say that the next one will be slightly less dramatic, but… uh… these stories are basically all going to be very dramatic. What can I say? There’s a reason why we still read and react to these stories!
However! I will hint this: tomorrow will definitely be… more surreal and dreamy, definitely.