What Was Going Through Isaac’s Mind?

Posted: September 3, 2012 in What Matters Most
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God gave Abraham a command to take his only son and offer him as a sacrifice. I’ve often wondered what was going through Isaac’s mind? I know times were different then and this wasn’t uncommon but….
Was he thankful his Dad obeyed God? Did he feel forsaken? I just can’t imagine! Wonder what our thoughts would be?

And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” Gen. 22:11-13


  1. Being that Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice and he was able to travel for three days without his mother, I tend to think Isaac was at the least, a teenager. I often wondered myself what went through Isaac’s mind as his father led him up the mountain, laid him on the altar, and lifted the knife to slay him.

    It’s interesting that chapter 22 of Genesis speaks of Abraham and Isaac on the mount, then chapter 23 says Sarah died. Chapter 24 is about the Lord providing Rebekah as a wife for Isaac, so that he was comforted after his mother’s death. Again, he saw the Lord’s provision. Is that what carried Isaac through the latter years of his life when his boys became each other’s enemies? He KNEW the Lord had “reassembled the shattered pieces” of his life many times before. He KNEW the character of the Lord ~ His faithfulness, His unconditional love, His restoration in our personal lives.


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