Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
What a request! What a demand! How does one do what was asked of Abraham? Not only was Abraham told to do something unspeakable, he had three days to mull it over while journeying with his son, Isaac. The trip to Moriah would take three days. Three days with his miracle son; the heir born to Abraham when he was 100 years old. What would be going through your mind? Three days….why those three days…….why Moriah?
Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.
The threshing floor was where the grain was separated from the chaff. The place where grain was made “pure” became the foundation for the temple in Jerusalem. Abraham was told to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah before there was a temple. Was Abraham preparing the way? Did Abraham have “chaff” in his life that needed to be separated from the “grain?” Was the three day journey his threshing floor?
We will continue looking at this account of Abraham and Isaac more tomorrow. For now ponder the facts that we have been given today and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truths that you need to see.
One last thought…..Jesus was in the tomb for three days.