How did that happen?

Ever wondered how, in Genesis 22, Abraham got Isaac on the altar? No? Me neither. Let me back up a little and explain.

The Bible doesn’t tell us how old Isaac was when this happened, though we do have something to go on. Verse 6 tells us that Abraham put the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac. Being able to carry the wood would put his age at a minimum of 13 or 14 years. Some Bible scholars place him in his thirties. Whatever. The point I’m making is that Isaac was an able-bodied fellow when this took place.

So back to the question: How did Abraham get Isaac on the altar? Option one: he wrestled him on. Isaac was 100 years younger than his father, so this was an unlikely occurrence. Option two: Isaac got on willingly. This second option may lead us to infer that Isaac’s faith was Abraham’s faith (or the other way round, if you prefer).  As we read in Hebrews, “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.” Isaac, who undoubtedly was not ignorant of the circumstances of his birth, may have believed the same as well.

So what do I think? (Not that it matters much). I think Isaac got on willingly, just as another Son who likewise carried the wood for His sacrifice got on willingly. This Son was raised to life, and now I can be right with God through His sacrifice. Wow.

HT: Alistair Begg