Many sections of the Bible hold a dual truth, an immediate message for the first readers and an eternal message for all. Such is the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis chapter 22. God asks Abraham to give up Isaac, “your only son, whom you love.”
In quiet obedience Abraham set out for the mountains to honor God’s instruction. As they climbed toward the spot the Lord had shown Abraham, Isaac, knowing only that they were going to offer a sacrifice, asked, “Father, we have the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God will provide for Himself the lamb.” I’m not sure if Abraham understood how prophetic those words were. As he was about to sacrifice his son an angel stopped Abraham at the last moment. And there, caught in the thicket was a ram.
In this instance the truth was immediate to Abraham’s situation. God did provide the lamb for the sacrifice through that ram tangled up in the brush. And it is eternal as God has provided Jesus as the sacrifice to atone for the sin of all the world for all of time.
It is proof again of how God provides for us not only now but for all of eternity. And that serves to give us peace and confidence, no matter what is going on in the world around us or the various trials we may be facing.