Monday, March 06, 2006

The Replacement


Gen 22:13 "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."

As Isaac watched the knife which was lifted by his father be plunged into the ram that had been caught in the thicket, what could have been going through his mind? As he watched as the altar was set ablaze to finish the burnt offering, the thought of his replacement must have astonished him.

Only moments early he had been bound and laying on the altar himself. Not only him but the future existence of the children of God. As Isaac watched his replacement, he watched for us all as God shows him that there is one who will come to bear our scorn.

The ram obviously being a shadow of Christ who was to come, finds us bound upon the altar of the wrath of God, bound in the sense that we loved our sin, and wanted to continue in it. As it is with all those who are under the law, the dagger of God's justice was raised above us, waiting until His sovereign and unstoppable hand plunged it down.

But while we were still sinners, fighting against His authority and grace, He began to untie us. Our hearts of stone He began to soften as we lay in defiance of Him. With the hammer of His word, He then destroyed the bonds of false philosophies and empty arguments which held us captive. And He continued His work until we, being freed, crawled of the altar. As we stood in astonishment, God Himself in Christ crawled upon the altar freely without bonds. He lay there perfectly still, as God the Father plunged the dagger of His justice upon His only son.

By faith the children of God, look on in amazement as we claim the merits of His blood, completely undone by the fact that all of this has been done for us. Had God left us upon the altar to strike us with His justice, He would have been perfect in His Holiness and impeccable in His goodness. But He did not do it, not because we were worthy but because He loves us as the Father loves the Son; eternally without beginning and without end.

Doug Eaton

11 Comments:

At Monday, March 06, 2006 2:14:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Very well-written post. This is one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible. I never ceased to be amazed that He would be willing to that for me.

 
At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 7:09:00 AM, Blogger jazzycat said...

Enjoyed this post. God's grace is amazing.

 
At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 8:35:00 AM, Blogger T A Blankenship said...

Great article. I will be doing my next "Looking For Jesus - Genesis" in this chapter.
Enjoyed it greatly.

 
At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 9:32:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

He has made a way where there is no way....Thank you, Lord!

 
At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Rose~ said...

What an awesome God who made us! What a great Savior He is.
Thanks for the post. :~)

 
At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 9:15:00 PM, Blogger Mike Garner said...

We just celebrated the Lord's supper this past Sunday night. What a great post to continue the theme of the Atonement.

We will forever sing praises to our Lord for being our substitute, our replacement.

A beautiful post that ought to bring great delight to our soul.


In Christ alone,
mike

 
At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:27:00 AM, Blogger missmellifluous said...

This is a powerful post, Doug. You bring the incident to life very well. It reminds me of Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard. I wish I could remember the price of sin more readily. Thankyou for the reminder.

 
At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:28:00 AM, Blogger missmellifluous said...

Oh! I meant to ask you who the artist of the picture is and what the picture is called? It's amazing.

 
At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:49:00 AM, Anonymous bobby grow said...

Nice article, Doug. I agree the artwork is a beautiful depiction of written Word of God!

 
At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 8:44:00 AM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Doug,

In the future I shall come into your archives and swipe this post to put on my blog---Great stuff!

Mark

 
At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 8:37:00 PM, Blogger David & Shawn said...

This reminds me of what I teach my kids—Here’s the gospel in a word: imputation. Our sins imputed to Christ and His righteousness imputed to us!

—Shawn

 

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