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God Provides the Lamb

December 19, 2019
By Martin Luther

[Isaac] said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son."

GENESIS 22:7-8

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God Provides the Lamb

At this point there is surely profound emotion, and there is powerful pathos. Moses did not want to pass this over. Isaac, the victim, addresses his father and stirs up his natural love, as though he were saying: "You are my father." And the father says in turn: "You are my son." These words penetrated into and upset the heart of the father. For the son says: "Behold, the wood; but where is the lamb?" It is evident that he is solicitous about the glory of God, for he knows that his father is about to offer a burnt offering at which he himself wants to be the onlooker. Therefore he gives him a reminder lest perchance he forget the sacrifice because of the very great intentness and devotion of his heart. "Where is the lamb," he says, "for the burnt offering?" Then his father should have answered him: "You will be the lamb." But he does not say this. Then he adds: "God will provide it"; and in this statement he at the same time included God's command.

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