Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” – Genesis 22:1-2
To offer a child in human sacrifice may seem incredibly barbaric, but God was speaking to Abraham in the language of his day. Child sacrifice was common in Abraham’s time. What was unusual was that God stopped the sacrifice! God was re-educating Abraham about the nature of the true God. The journey of Abraham and Isaac was a shadowing of another time that God would reveal His true nature to mankind. At the cross God didn’t stop the sacrifice but offered His own Son, whom He loves, for us. This sacrifice was given once and for all so that God could speak to us in the languages of our day and re-educate us about who He is and how we can know Him.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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