December 2: Only Beloved Son and Sacrifice

December 2

Only Beloved Son and Sacrifice

Reading: Genesis 22:1-18

The godly line of the promised Offspring was preserved through the Flood, and then through Noah’s son Shem to Abraham. God promised Abraham that his sterile wife Sarah would have a son, and so she did, 25 years later. When the boy had grown, God again put Abraham’s faith to the test:

Genesis 22:2 (NIV) — Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

When asked by Isaac, “Where is the lamb?” Abraham responded, “God himself will provide the lamb.” And so he did, and Abraham named the place Yahweh Yireh (Jehovah Jireh), “The LORD will provide.”

Centuries later on that same mountain, Abraham’s many times great-grandson, the promised Offspring, would be “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). God spared not his Son, his only Son, the Son whom he loved, “but gave him up for us all” (Romans 8:32).

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