Section 2: Practical Wisdom, Article 4
The Three-Day Journey

“Yehuveh Elohim of the Hebrews hath met with us:
and now let us go, we beseech thee,
three days’ journey into the wilderness,
that we may sacrifice to Yehuveh our Elohim.”
Exodus 3:18.

ix times Scriptures specifically refer to a “three days’ journey,” [Genesis 30:36; Exodus 3:18; 5:3; 8:27; Numbers 10:33; 33:8; Jonah 3:3.] but there are dozens of other allusions to this experience and the results of taking three-day journeys. This experience, while deeply spiritual, is nevertheless
exceedingly practical. Three-day journeys forever change our lives! When we take the journeys by faith, we are elevated; if we reject Yehuveh’s working, we fall, but we are always forever changed by the outcome.
         The first Scriptural picture of someone taking a three-day journey is the trip initiated early one morning when Yehuveh awoke Abraham with the command:
“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.” While verse one calls this a test, verse three indicates that Abraham took it very seriously, indeed he “believed in Yehuveh; and He counted it to him for righteousness.” Abraham was prompt to obey the voice of Yehuveh; he “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 Elohim had told him.” Genesis 22:2; 15:6; 22:3.
         Who could describe the heart-breaking struggle Abraham experienced these days? Abraham had waited twenty-five years for this son. Already Yehuveh had five times promised him unnumbered descendents [
Genesis 12:2; 13:16; 15:5; 17:6; 18:18] and had very specifically told him that “in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” Now He had asked Abraham to take this son of promise, this beloved only son, and sacrifice him. It is impossible to imagine the struggle of these three days. Genesis 21:12.
“Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.” The story of the sacrifice follows. Then these words: “By Myself have I sworn, saith Yehuveh, 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 as the sand which is upon the sea shore; . . . and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice.” Abraham returned home a changed man. Genesis 22:4, 15-18.
         Was this three-day journey one Abraham would have chosen? No. But was he blessed by the results? Definately! He was literally put
“through the fire” to prove his heart, but Yehuveh had a purpose.“I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, Yehuveh is my Elohim.” Isaiah 43:2; Zechariah 13:9.   
         The illustration of
the three-day journey is alagorically present in Genesis 1. On the first day Yehuveh gives us light regarding an aspect of our lives that He sees needs re-working [Genesis 1:3-5]. On the second day, we must identify and separate our values. We have time to consider the issues involved in the matter and weigh the consequences of each potential decision we can make regarding the issue. Before this second day is over, we must divide the spiritual values that draw us above from the practical aspects below and determine what we most value [Genesis 1:6-8]. Then on the third day we must deal with the matter. Solidity must emerge from the fluid considerations and we must take our position, make our consecration to Yehuveh [Genesis 1:9-13].

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:       4 September 2005
Latest Update:           30 January 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 4   

Many Kinds of Journeys        The First Day        The Second Day        The Third Day       
Who Takes These Journeys?        Three Days with a Profound Purpose       

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