Question: Who halts Abraham and who is the Ram in the Thicket?

I came across this over breakfast with the wife, confession on this one, I haven’t looked closely at it but it seems clear that there is a great going on in here.

Note: We are working out of the KJV, not NKJV or others, this isn’t as identifiable but in the older version it’s quite striking.

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

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

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.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 22 1:18

We have some uncharacteristic tempting from God, an unnamed angel who appears to speak for himself in absolving Abraham and , a ram which is still sacrificed as a substitution despite the absolution of duty.

However, we go now to Exodus and a further dimension is added.

Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.

Exodus 6 1:3

With a text that’s already looking like it could bring forth some controversial interpretations, here then is one more piece of related info that doesn’t so much impact the correct reading of the verse but shows that at very least it’s very easily taken out of context.

The Ram in a Thicket is one of a pair of figures discovered in Ur, in southern Iraq, and which date from about 2600–2400 BC. One is currently on display in the Mesopotamia Gallery in the British Museum in London with it’s brother in the Pennsylvania University Museum.

I’ll be the first to say that I would likely avoid this seriously demonic looking display and I wouldn’t post it unless 100% but it actually reveals a couple of headscratchers in those subversive renaissance artists work who were busy raising up Mary by making Jesus a very chubby baby before creating the incredibly feminine version that sits in and around the Salvatore Mundi.

This is a very large question and in going through scripture I believe I have come to correct dividing of these verses but I would like to give it a few days before posting due to its sensitive nature.

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