Keywords: bound, consumed, Freedom, love, sacrifice
“And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.”
Oswald Chambers speaks of the living sacrifice of Romans 12:1, made available to God through identification with the death of Christ, Romans 6, and that God doesn't ask us to give up a thing just to be giving it up -- He has in mind that it be replaced with a better thing.
My thought was the binding. That sacrifice, placed on the altar, never wants to stay there. The old dead life is one thing, but the new life, free in Christ, even resists consecration as the old pulls and yanks it from its place of sacrifice.
How is it bound? Cords of love? Surely, but not love for myself or others, or life even, but for Jesus. How do I love thee? Let me check the bindings. I slip so easily into self-indulgence. They are not tied tight enough. Jesus, in His great love for me was fastened to the cross with nails. They held Him? No, His love held Him there.
Jesus, fasten me, bind my heart to the altars I have built at your command, so I will stay there until You have utterly consumed the sacrifice.
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