Saturday, April 20, 2019


God tested Abraham in Genesis 22, to offer up his only son, to be a burnt offering. At the end of that test, because of Abraham’s obedience, God sealed His covenant with Abraham. Each had to be willing to do what the other was willing to do. Abraham was willing to offer up his son as a sacrifice, therefore, God would have to be willing to offer up His Son as a sacrifice. Now how accurate can this covenant be?  

Abraham: Isaac brought to the land of sacrifice on a donkey. 

God: Jesus rode into place of sacrifice on a donkey. 

Abraham: Sacrifice wood laid on Isaacs shoulders. 

God: Cross made of wood laid on Jesus’ shoulders. 

Abraham: Isaac carries sacrifice wood up the mountain. 

God: Jesus carries the wood (Cross) to place of sacrifice on the mountain. 

Abraham: Isaac bound and laid upon the wood. 

God: Jesus laid upon the wood (Cross) and bound to it. 

Abraham: Abraham lifts up his knife to kill Isaac but is stopped. 

God: The knife, the judgement of God, is lifted up, but not stopped. Jesus is killed on that cross, the sacrifice. 

What appears in this account for the first time in all of scripture? The word LOVE. The first account of love in the Bible is the love of the father for the son. Genesis 22:2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” The first love in existence was that of the Father for the Son. John 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. And yet God was willing to offer up Jesus of His love, to save you and me. What does it all mean? If God offered up the Son (Jesus) of His love to save you, then He must love you with the same love which He loves the Son. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Don’t ever ponder about how much God loves you. Your sign is there every time you see a cross! You are a part of the greatest love in all existence. 

John 17:23 “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

John 16:27 “the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”


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