Take 2: The second time’s a charm (or more of a charm) in this case. I actually pulled out the page that my first version of Chapter 22 was on and just redid the entire page. Here’s a picture of the first version.
A very long time ago i stopped believing in coincidences. I kept seeing God’s hand at work in what seemed to be insignificant and random situations. I began to understand and see God’s work and has His hands even in the little things. Sometimes i would start to see the connections right away, other times it would be a while before it started to become clear. Other times i never saw any connection at all. As a result, i try to make it a point to keep an eye out for those kinds of situations.
So i have been trying to find the connection between the event (my messing up that chapter), the missing verses (7-8), and the content of the chapter. So far i haven’t made any connections. I find it interesting that the two verses that are missing are the dialogue between Abraham and Isaac about where the sacrifice is, and that Abraham tells him that God will provide (has provided?) it. It almost seems like the missing page is like the missing sacrifice… only they don’t really connect beyond that statement. I know, i’m pulling at straws here… but then sometimes when you pull at straws, you end up finding a horse that you would not have found if you had just let the straw go.
In this chapter, Abraham takes a risk. It’s not really a risk… at least not the kind he thinks, but it sure must seem that to him. On the one hand, he loves his son very much. This is the son that he has been wanting and waiting for for possibly over a hundred years. This is his promised son. Yet God, the LORD, YHWH turns around and tells him that he must give up / sacrifice his son. This is the same God who had promised and provided him with this son. This is the LORD that gave him this joy in his old age. This is the same YHWH who now asks him to do the impossible. So what does he do? He obeys.
What seems to Abraham to be a loss is, because of his obedience, an amazing blessing in disguise. God sees / helps Abraham to see that he loves and worships nothing more than YHWH. As a result, what could have been lost, became a symbol of love. So what does that mean for us? Do we have something that we are risking putting between us and God? Is there something that we make more important to us (lord over us) than the LORD Himself? That could be a relationship, a job, a self-centered attitude, a grudge / unforgiveness, a theology (belief about God), or something else entirely. God may be asking you or i to give that thing up on the alter to Him. Are you, am i willing to do what God calls us to? What could happen if we do? What will happen if we don’t?