Bible reading: Genesis 22:1-14, John 3:10-17
Have you ever been around someone who is particularly skilled in the art of asking questions?
That’s usually a child or a lady: A child, because they don’t ever have all those adult, restrains about what should be said or what shouldn’t be. They just ask it all as it comes to their mind.
‘Mum, why does this uncle always drink coke when he comes to our house? Does he not have coke in his house?’
‘Dad, my bum-bum is itching me. What should I do?’
No pride of life. No reputation to protect. No restrains.
Ladies, on the other hand, I think are just wired with the skill of generating and deploying questions.
‘Have you eaten? What did you eat? Did you enjoy it? Who cooked it? When did you eat it? When next would you eat?…’ Sometimes, I feel ladies should add the examiner’s line: ‘Attempt All Questions’ (PS: This is a generalized thought and in no way a reference to the writer’s spouse. Well, not necessarily…)
There are questions and there are questions.
Some trickle away in no time, but some stay with you. Like when you spoke with your friend about considering a relationship with someone and she asked you ‘are you sure you’re not just desperate?’
You kept staring into blank space, walking routes, turning over in bed asking yourself ‘Me? Desperate? Really??’
It’s the way our world has reacted for years- mused over, debated, theorized, and so on- on the generational vibration from the question that the young innocent Isaac asked his father, Abraham:
“Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Genesis 22:7 NKJV
The question rings in every generation and every human life.
The Fire is Apparent
The fire is a picture of the judgment, consequent upon all human sin. You don’t have to look far to see the punishment that we deserve. It’s apparent! The depth of wickedness in our world. The intensity of sin. Or in your own world too. We all see the fire.
The Wood is Apparent
The wood is a picture of the cross, the necessity for someone to take up the punishment. It’s there before you, but who can take it up?
One of the rules of communication is learning to listen through- wait on answers when questions are asked; wait on feedback in discussions.
I know Isaac’s question was huge and reverberating, but I wish the world through all generations waited on Abraham’s answer to it:
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” Genesis 22:8 NKJV
God will provide for Himself the lamb! (not a lamb).
This was beyond the blood of bulls and goats. They could not pay the price to take away sin. This was beyond great world leaders in every generation. They could not answer the root-sin question of humanity. This was beyond angels. They could not make any perfect.
Wonder what lambs you have lived your life looking to?
Maybe a spouse or a job or a career opportunity or an acquisition.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 NKJV
John had invested so much effort preaching repentance and baptizing the people. His job was probably becoming a frustrating cycle. They needed something more. They needed the power of sin to be broken off them and not a mere continuous cycle of sin and repentance. I think John must have constantly remembered the Isaac age-long question: ‘where is the lamb sef?’
Have you ever been searching through a word puzzle and suddenly found a difficult word everyone had been looking for? You should understand why he exclaimed when he saw it:
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 NKJV
Christian, you may have several questions in your little life, but you have one definite answer on which the destiny of the entirety of humanity and the world through all ages lies: Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Would you question your answer, or throw the weight of your answer into all your questions?
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