Dear Refiner's Fire...

QUESTION: In Genesis 22:8 Avraham replied, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son"; and they both went on together.

We know that HaShem spoke to Avram and the above demonstrates Avram’s understanding of what HaShem would provide, yet HaShem provided a Ram? Might Avram have misunderstood or heard?

Or might Lev 16 have something to do with the atonement HaShem will provide in a future scenario?(Yom Kippur?) and how does the providing of Yeshua fit in with this?

Lev 16:3 "With this Aharon should come into the Set-apart Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering.

Lev 16:5 "And from the congregation of the children of Yisra’el he takes two male goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.

Note that the Ram is only mentioned twice in this whole scenario of Lev 16, why?


Our Response....

In Hebrew the "lamb" is SEH (sheen-hey), and it happens to be in MASCULINE form with MASCULINE verbs. Therefore, the "lamb" IS a "ram", rendered from AYIL (alap-yodh-lamed).

Now here is where it gets interesting. When the male lamb is just part of the flock it is called SEH, but when it is set apart for sacrifice (as a male lamb) it then "graduates" to the word AYIL. Thus, once the ram was designated after being caught in the thicket, he went from SEH to AYIL.

Hebrew Word: Lya

Transliterated Word: 'ayil


Ge 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Ge 22:13 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.

Ge 31:38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.

Ge 32:14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,


If that doesn't make sense to you, then we also have to remember that God Himself never said on that particular day He would provide anything whatsoever, let alone a lamb. Abraham and Isaac said it! Abraham trusted YHWH to provide a sacrifice, which is we need to focus on.

While we're on the subject of sin sacrifices, we also must remember that YHWH was merciful enough to accept not just lambs or bulls, but various kinds of sin sacrifices, depending on what the person could afford (i.e, Leviticus 5:7 and 11; Leviticus 12:8; Leviticus 14:22 and 30).