Isaac's Eyes

Isaac's eyes,
What did they see:
The switchbacks steep, up lofty Moriah,
The lonely wood of the Tamarisk tree,
The rock, the bare altar of sacrifice,
The twine to bind the blemished one,
The tears pouring from sorrow's eyes,
The glint of the jagged blade held aloft,
The hand that stayed the deadly plunge,
The ram in the thicket ready waiting,
And the traces of deep surrender
     etched in his father's ruddy face?

Yes, but even more,
In the timely substitution, perhaps
They also saw:
God's gracious gift for such faithful obedience,
God's affirmation of His forever and ever promise,
Maybe even his own personal place
     in God's covenant plan.

What is there then, for us,
Grafted to the root of the vine,
To see through Isaac's eyes?
Perhaps it is enough to know
     God always provides, and
          keeps His every promise
               to all the stars in heaven,
                    too numerous to count.

Genesis 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:3-5, 12, 13
Genesis 17:4-8; 22:1-19
Hebrews 11:8
Romans 11:11-24
Isaiah 11:10
Deuteronomy 32:43

by J Alan R
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