_ Chapter 22
As God tests Abraham and asks him to give his son as a sacrifice, Abraham may have given one of the most important prophecies in Scripture: “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering" (Genesis 22:8). Powerful!... At the time Abraham was willing to give his son in faith that God would resurrect him, he gives the prophecy that God would give His Own Son.
Hebrews 11:17-19 says, “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR SEED SHALL BE CALLED," 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.”
Abraham was a true friend (covenant partner) with God. (See James 2:23 & 2 Chronicles 20:7)
I love how Abraham refuses to “push his weight around,” and refuses to be cheap; he pays full price for the land to bury his beloved wife.
Abrahams sends his servant (Eliezer) to find a suitable wife for his son. This is a picture of how the Holy Spirit is wooing and convicting people in the world today to bring back a wife for the Son of God. Just as Eliezer came with gifts, so the Holy Spirit comes with gifts to reveal the Son. Rebekah needed to be willing to leave her homeland to follow this servant to marry a man she has never seen. So, we too leave this world behind to follow His way for our life, so we will have perfect “oneness” with the Son one day at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
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