“Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Genesis 22:2b (NIV)
I’ve never traveled to Israel, but I would like to someday. I think it would be amazing to walk the same paths that Jesus walked, to sit in the places where Jesus sat, and to spend time on the same piece of the earth that Jesus did.
I know there are many places from the Bible that we will never know exactly where they are located. However, there are some places that have had a significant impact on Biblical history. One of these we can trace back to the 22nd chapter of Genesis.
God told Abraham to take his son, Isaac, and go to the region of Moriah. It was in this region that Abraham was to sacrifice his son on one of the mountains. It would have been impossible for Abraham to understand the significance of this region.
Over the years, this would be the location where David would build an altar to the Lord to stop the plague that had come on the Israelites. (2 Samuel 24:18-25) This was the location where Solomon built his temple. (2 Chronicles 3:1) How fascinating that the very presence of God dwelt in this location! (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
This is also the region where Golgotha is located, the place where Jesus was crucified. Think about that! Thousand of years later, Jesus was sacrificed in the same region where Abraham had been taught the gospel message by his willingness to sacrifice his own son, Isaac. Amazing!
This is part of the reason I would love to travel to Jerusalem. I think to have a visual of where these places are would open up a greater understanding of Scripture. It is hard to imagine a place I have never been. When I read the Scriptures, I don’t have an understanding of how close some of these locations are to each other or how far others are. Someday…
Currently this piece of land is covered by the Dome of the Rock. Only Muslims are allowed to visit because they believe this is the piece of land, the rock specifically, where Mohammad ascended to heaven.
How interesting that thousands of years later, this piece of land is still under such dispute!
Personal Reflection: How does it build your faith to know that God is so detailed in his plan for our lives?