Genesis 22

So, I was listening to someone preach about Abraham sacrificing Isaac, and I thought of a few things… then I went back and read it, and thought of a few more things… well, here are my thoughts…

  • v.2 says, “Take your son, your only son Issac, whom you love” and give him as a burnt offering…
  • John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son…”
  • When Jesus is baptized, the Father says (Matt 3:17), “This is my Son, whom I love…”
  • You see where I am going with this?  There is quite a parallel between this story and the story of Christ…
  • v.8 says, “Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb…'”
  • I realize Abraham was talking about the immediate situation, and he may have actually expected God to intervene, or he may have just told Isaac that so that he wouldn’t have to tell him the truth… but you can’t help but think about how Abe’s statement here is true on a much deeper, much more glorious way…

“By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

  1. Thank you, Abraham, we really appreciate that one. Seriously.
  2. 1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
  3. Abraham was willing, even to the point of raising his knife, to give the life of his only son in obedience to God.
  4. God was willing, (and had planned to do so and has now done so), to give the life of His only Son out of his love for the world…
  5. Oh, and about that Lamb… that sacrifice that God was going to provide?
  6. 1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  7. Back in 1 John 2, a little something extra is added on: He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
  8. and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed…”

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