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 the of…. 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.” (Genesis 22:2,5)
The first time we see the word “worship” is when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son. This would not have been unheard of to the nations that worshiped false gods. I don’t believe he told his wife where he was going with the long-awaited son. The part that takes me back is when he tells his servants, “…I and the lad will go yonder and worship…” (Genesis 22:5)
The mount is Moriah. Solomon built God’s house on Mount Moriah, where David saw the judgment of God when he numbered Israel. It was there he repented, sacrificed, and worshiped.
What we call “sacrifice,” Abraham called “worship.” We invite God’s Presence through our repentance, sacrifice, and worship. When our sacrifice turns to worship, we will be blessed.
“…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: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies…” (Genesis 22:16-17)