God Spared Isaac. And He’ll Spare You Too.

Last night we read the story of Abraham and Isaac in our chaotic family devotions. As is typically the case, we spend as much time settling everyone down as we do reading. But afterwords we had a nice chat about why God spared Isaac and didn’t spare Jesus.

Abraham’s mental anguish in obeying God is unthinkable to me as a father. I’ve heard skeptics mock this passage as showing God as a malevolent dictator. Yet, the Christian understanding of God—as knowing all things—means there was never a moment inside or outside of time, that God planned for Abraham to go through with it and plunge the knife into his son’s chest. God had other plans.

God would provide a sacrifice in the place of Isaac, in the place of us all.

The Apostle Paul explains this when he says, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). God was able to spare Isaac because, before he even created the world, his plan was not to spare his own Son, but because of his great love, give his Son for us all so that whoever believes in him might live (John 3:16).

God spared Isaac. If you believe, he will spare you too. And all of this because he did not spare his own Son. And if he wouldn’t spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Let that picture of sacrificial love seep into your soul this morning.