A Beautiful Thing

 

I e-mailed my PDF of Robert Hawker’s devotional to work this morning.  My computer isn’t set up properly until I have some good stuff to read at the beginning of the day, at lunch, and before going home.  I found the following to be really amazing and I never thought about this before.

Abraham had fully intended to offer his son Isaac to the Lord.  Abraham was tested right up to the last minute and God told him to stop.  The wood for the fire was placed upon Isaac’s back, much like the cross of Christ, whom Isaac foreshadows.  I’ve only been reading Hawker’s materials for a year or two now and the guy had a knack for finding Christ in the Old Testament.

Arjay

From Robert Hawker’s Poor Man’s Morning and Evening Portions, Evening, February 6

See what long furrows the ploughers have ploughed upon his sacred back; and wilt thou compel him to bear the heavy weight upon a part so tender? See! Jesus faints under it! Will none of those whose souls he hath redeemed, and whose bodies be hath healed, help the Lord of life and glory? Where are his disciples? Are there none to aid? Not one to be found that dares assist him? Pause, my soul, over the sad contemplation! Christ is here, as his type represents him, the gospel Isaac, carrying the wood for his own burnt-offering.

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”  Genesis 22:6-7

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.  John 19:16b-18

 

MICHAEL CARD

God Will Provide A Lamb

Three day’s journey to the sacred place
A boy and a man with a sorrowful face
Tortured, yet faithful to God’s command
To take the life of his son
With his own hands

Chorus:
God will provide a lamb
To be offered up in your place
A sacrifice so spotless and clean
To take all your sin away

There’s wood and fire
Where’s the sacrifice
The questioning voice
And the innocent eyes
Is the son of laughter who you’ve waited for
To die like a lamb
To please the LORD?

Chorus

A gleaming knife
An accepted choice
A rush of wind
And an angel’s voice
A ram in the thicket
Caught by his horns
And a new age of trusting the Lord was born

Chorus

God has provided a lamb
He was offered up in your place
What Abraham was asked to do, he’s done
He’s offered his only son
What Abraham was asked to do, he’s done
He’s offered his only son

Songwriter(s): Michael J. Card
Copyright: Mole End Music, Whole Armor Publishing Co.

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