Abraham Part 10


A study

Part 10

He that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (Matt.10: 37)

Now when we come to this part of the study, in Gen.22, we find an incident, which can be considered as the (archetype) epitome of Abraham’s faith.


After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Gen.22: 1,2)


When Abraham heard this strange command of God, he did not ask any questions, did not consult anyone, not even his wife, and did not linger or delay. He implicitly obeyed God without any second thought. After patiently reaching the appointed place and doing all the preparations, with a fixed heart, and an eye lifted up to heaven, he takes the knife, stretches out his hand. Here is an act of faith and obedience, which deserves to be a striking spectacle to God, angels and men. When God saw his faith and obedience, He told Abraham, “Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”


Then God provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac. And He said, “By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.” (Gen.22: 16-18, Heb.6: 13-17) The words, “By myself I have sworn,” means immutable or unchangeable.


By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up Isaac. Yea, he that had gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten son. He did this, accounting that God is able to raise up, even from the dead; from whence he did also in a figure receive him back. (Heb.11: 17-19) Do we have such a faith? Do we obey God without any hesitation? Do we love and treasure our dear Lord who loved us and gave Himself to save us, more than anything else in this world? (2Cor.5: 14,15) Then only we can be found fit to partake in His power and glory in His coming kingdom.


In this incident, we see a vivid picture of the great sacrifice of the cross of Calvary. By the sacrifice on the cross, God provided the perfect Substitute to bear the sin of the world (John 1: 29). That is why the first verse in the New Testament calls our Lord Jesus Christ as the son of Abraham, pointing to His First Coming. On the day of His Second Coming, as the Son of David (Matt.1: 1), the enemy will be stripped of his powers. The gate of a city refers to the judicial and political powers of that city. (Deut.21: 19, Ruth 4: 1). At that time our Lord will have a dual role. He will not only occupy the throne of David, in Jerusalem on the earth, in the midst of the restored nation of the Jews (the sand), but also will occupy His own throne in New Jerusalem in the heavens, in the midst of the overcomers of the Church (the stars).

Sarah’s Death:

In the next chapter, Gen.23 we see the death of Abraham’s wife Sarah. Abraham came to mourn and to weep (Gen.23: 2). Tears are a tribute due to our deceased dear ones. Then we read that, Abraham stood up from before his dead to buy a plot of land by paying the full price and to “bury my dead out of my sight.”(Gen.23: 3,4) Though we may sorrow at such occasions, we must not sorrow as those who have no hope. Weeping must not hinder sowing. The death of a dear one should effectually remind us that we are not at home in this world.

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