They Went Both of Them Together
“…they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:6, 8
“…and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” John 16:32
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” This question is what Amos rhetorically asked when pronouncing judgment upon disobedient Israel. This Scripture reminds us that when two are walking together to accomplish a goal, they are agreed in the task and united in will to see it accomplished. We can see Abraham and Isaac, having left the two young men behind, climbing hills and descending valleys together. As they walked, their goal was to arrive at Mt. Moriah. Let us examine the beautiful picture that God gives us of Himself: the Father with the Son walking together with Calvary in view.
Abraham and Isaac were united in their will. Young Isaac at any time could have turned back. Perhaps at some point, he doubted his father’s preparedness. They were going to make a burnt offering, but not one of their hundreds or thousands of livestock was with them? Ignorant of what lay ahead, Isaac walked on with his father carrying the wood while his father carried fire, a knife and presumably some cord to bind the burnt offering. “….So they went both of them together.”
Fast forward 2000 years. Another Father and Son were walking together toward the place of sacrifice. Unlike with Isaac, they were going to the place and toward the plan that both the Father and Son had in view from eternity. In the movement of the Father and Son there was an absolute unity in their words, will and works that the Lord could say, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). He said, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me” (John 14:11). When His spirit was troubled, He prayed, “Father, glorify Thy name” (John 12:28). The ultimate goal of all was that there was an offering made bringing infinite delight to the heart of God; it is the very source of our ability to worship.
The disciples would be scattered, yet the Father would never forsake the Son even at the cross. See the communication the Son makes with the Father on the cross. When He was crucified, He prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34.) Just before He dismissed His spirit He prayed, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit” (Luke 23:46). Their eternal relationship was never severed.
The Son of God knew the plan of God from the beginning. God had promised eternal life before the world began (Titus 1:2). And after all, He was part of the plan (1 Peter 1:20). The Son willingly went with His Father every step of the way. At the altar, the Son of God, unlike Isaac, was the Lamb for the burnt offering. What a delight it must have been for the Father to witness the obedience of the Son! How it thrills our souls and brings delight to the Father as we meditate upon the One who walked together with His Father in complete harmony with Him. Two walking together in complete agreement. May we walk the way our Saviour walked in harmony with the Father.