“He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.'” Genesis 22:5 (NIV)
I used to live on a farm. We had cows and chickens and pigs and goats and cats and dogs, but I never had a donkey. I always kinda wanted one, but I wasn’t sure what the purpose of having one would be. I didn’t need it to ride to town- what a blessing!- so it always seemed like it would just be something else I needed to feed. And I didn’t have the money for that 🙂
Abraham needed his donkey. He didn’t have a car or a truck. He needed his donkey to carry his things on this long journey that God had asked him to take. For three days he walked with his donkey, his two servants, and his son. Then on the third day, he left his donkey with his servants.
Abraham wasn’t the only person who needed a donkey. Jesus needed a donkey too. “As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them and he will send them right away.'”
It is amazing to me each little piece of Abraham and Isaac’s story that connects with the story of Jesus. Abraham brought two servants. Jesus sent two disciples. Abraham brought his donkey to the place where he would sacrifice his son. Jesus rode a donkey to the place where God the Father would sacrifice His Son.
The Father was teaching Abraham the Gospel! In every little detail, He was revealing another piece of the journey Jesus would eventually take. Amazing!
I love that when Abraham and Isaac left the servants, Abraham told them WE will go and worship and WE will come back to you. He didn’t know how God was going to bring Isaac back, but he trusted that the God of heaven and earth would be true to His promise. “Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” (Genesis 17:19)
Personal Reflection: What promise are you believing God for even when the circumstances look like it’s not going to come true?