There are a lot of instances in the Bible so far of time that God knew what the outcome was going to be, but set up a path for us to follow. He knew Adam and Eve would fall, he knew Lots wife would look back...this time He plays almost a cat and mouse game with Abraham. He tells him to sacrifice his only son and at the last minute, He provides a ram in his place.
You can think this story is a little messed up and wonder why God would even request such a thing, or you can see the beautiful similarities between this and the Gospel. Abraham was willing to give up his only son but a ram took his place. Now a ram and lamb aren't the same thing, but I think that's what makes it so much better. A lamb evokes images of a pure innocent being, a ram...not to much. It seems only fitting that a ram would save an earthly son and a lamb would embody the salvation of sins.
Once Isaac is older, Abraham seeks to find a wife for him. He makes a servant surrender an oath that he will bring back a woman to him from his land (not Canaan) and not take Isaac there per God's instructions. They make an oath by placing a hand under the person's thigh... I can only imagine how awkward that would be if someone did that today. The servant is sucessful on his mission and brings back Rebekah for Isaac. The whole story is really cool how it unfolds. Rebekah and her people are totally ok with her just up and leaving to marry a man they've never met just because God said that's what needed to happen...if only I had such faith!
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