Abraham had the knife in his hand.
He was about to offer Isaac, his only son, as sacrifice to the Most High.
God had instructed it to be done.
Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
The angel of the Lord spoke, calling from heaven.
Who is the “angel”?
Likely the Lord Jesus…though it could an “angel” speaking the Word of the Lord.
He called Abraham by name.
Abraham’s answer, “here I am”, is seen several times in the Word.
God knows where we are.
It speaks of listening, obedience.
Abraham is instructed not to harm the lad, to do nothing to him.
“For now I know that you fear God…”
Did God not know?
Certainly the Lord knew.
Certainly the Lord knew what he would do, think, say.
The Lord knows all.
The obedience of Abraham was confirmation of what God knew.
It also revealed things to Abraham.
His faith and trust in God were not misplaced.
The Lord would provide.
The Lord would honor is Word.
Also, Abraham now knows that he is walking in the true fear of God.
He had not withheld his son from God.
He could trust the Lord with all things.
There are vivid pictures of what Father would do in the Son for mankind.
Father did not withhold Him.
We are thereby saved by faith.