Hari Raya Haji

Today is a public holiday in Singapore, Hari Raya Haji. It is one of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year.

Eid al_Adha an Islamic festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham in the Old Testament) willingness to sacrifice his son, Issac on the altar. On this day, there would be prayer calls in the mosques and Muslim community would be slaughtering cows and sheep and distributing the meat and foodstuff to the less fortunate of the society.

In the Bible, (Genesis 22:1-14), God asked Abraham to offer Him his son as a burnt offering on one of the mountains. Can you imagine the fear and anxiety that Abraham faces? He must be so distraught and desperate. In his mind, he must be questioning the Lord. “God, are you joking? You have given me a son, Issac after such a long time. You have also promised to make me the “father of many nations”. How is it possible if Issac is slaughtered?

However, Abraham was willing to obey God’s call. He prepared the wood and his son for the offering at the altar. It must have been a painful journey for Abraham when he brings his son to the offering altar. Just as he was about to kill his son on the altar, an angel of the Lord stopped him. It would be tragic if he was not sensitive to the voice of the angel and killed his son. As he looked up, he saw a ram in a distance and he offered it as an offering instead of his son on the altar. He named the place Jehovah Jirah (Hebrew: God is my provider).

Indeed, God is our provider, He owns everything. We are merely his managers to manage the things that He has provided us with. We need to learn to be sensitive to His voice, walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that He will provide all of our needs.not our wants…

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