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Did God Provide For Or Provide A Sacrifice

Genesis 22:8 (KJB)   And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

The ancient Patriarch Abraham was speaking to his son Isaac in this eighth verse of chapter twenty of Genesis.  Abraham had obediently brought his only son to a mountain top as directed by God to offer him as a sacrifice unto God.  Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son; however, this verse was for the purpose of prophetically speaking of God sending His Only Son Jesus Christ to be offered as a sacrifice for the whole world on the cross at Calvary.  Abraham was to illustrate this heartfelt obedience unto God but was not required by God to follow through in sacrificing his son.

The moment Abraham proved his obedience, as God directed him, then God provided a lamb in the thicket nearby for Abraham to sacrifice on the altar.  This lamb was to be sacrificed in place of Isaac.  This made it not necessary for Abraham to offer his son Isaac in the flames on the altar unto God rather this being figurative concerning the future sacrifice of the Only Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Sadly, most modern Bible per-versions have changed the words of this verse and have messed up the critical context of such an important prophetic message. God inspired toit be worded from Abraham to Isaac in the KJB with Abraham speaking to Isaac saying: “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…”

Please note, however, in many modern per-versions it is incorrectly worded that God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.  Please understand, God did not provide the lamb for Himself.

Do you see the difference? 

God does not provide Himself with a sacrificial lamb.  God provides a lamb (for a sacrifice for the spiritual state of the world.) He offered a lamb for saving you and for me.  God does not need a lamb offered on the altar for Himself.

Do not take our measure or judgment concerning this verse as correct. Instead, study this verse and familiarize yourself with the proper context yourself. Read various modernized versions and measure them against the God-breathed KJB, and see for yourself that provide, and provide himself cannot simply be interchanged as is found in many newer Bible per-versions. Frankly, they only serve to muddle the setting and purpose found in God’s inspired version.  Once you study this out for yourself, we are sure you will agree that these alterations only serve to muddy the intended context of this verse making it into something that God did not inspire or intend to be recorded for our learning in His Word.

Alterations or improvements found in modern per-versions will not ever stack up to the original context and wording God-breathed, or inspired by God and preserved for English speaking people in the King James Bible. Study His Word daily and allow (2nd Timothy 2:15) it to soak into the cracks and crevices of your spiritually thirsty heart. Above all, study to be an approved worker representing God in this world!

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