Daily Devotion Wednesday, February 5

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 – Psalm 96; Genesis 22:1-18; Hebrews 11:23-31 and John 6:52-59

Genesis 22:1-18 – 1After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2He 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 on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” 6Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

9When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called that place “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

15The angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, says the LORD: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”

This text raises many questions for me, but what stands out is Abraham’s faithfulness to God’s command. It may also show Isaac’s faithfulness if once at the place of sacrifice he was told what God required and he lay on the alter willingly.

I also find this text hinting at what God one day would do in the sending His only Son. Isaac was taken up to a mountain for sacrifice. Jesus our Lord was crucified and rose upon a mountain. Isaac was Abraham’s only son by Rebecca. Jesus was God’s only son. If that is so, then it shows how long God’s plan to save his people was in place.  Wow!

John 6:52-59 – 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 5

Psalm 96 – 1   O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2   Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3   Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
4   For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.

Because of the Psalms call for us to sing a new song, I’ll share this song by Michael W. Smith. I like how it emphasizes that God is a God for people of all races and nations. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBxOkruKpqI

O God, I don’t understand all your ways, but what I know is Your eternal love and Your desire for us to be in an abiding relationship with You. Thanks for sending Your Son and for His sacrifice for through it we find the new life you offer and promise us. Amen.

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