The days before the sacrifice
Abraham did not leave Haran jumping for joy or anxious to face the challenges that awaited him, until he reached the place that God would show him.
He experienced days of struggles, of appeals. Imagine your father saying, “I’ve already lost a son, now I’m going to lose another son.” He overcame all of this, all of the conflicts and obeyed.
The days that preceded the vicarious sacrifice of the Lord Jesus were of battle. Let’s look at Luke 22.41-44:
And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed…
Sacrifice separates one person from the others. It is an individual act.
Saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
You cannot accept the devil to accuse you of being weak because of the conflicts you endure. Everyone faces battles, the important thing is to do the will of God.
Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
The angel did not come to stop Him from sacrificing, but to encourage Him, to strengthen Him.
And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
The days leading up to the sacrifice produce agony, but because many feel like it is unnecessary to live them intensely, they are led to frustration and deception.
Those who received a revelation from the Altar, face the pain of sacrifice and receive the image of God, ceasing to live in the pain of the image of failure.
Bishop Edir Macedo