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Day 1: Abraham Lent 2019 - Forty days in the genealogy of our Lord

The first generation in the genealogy of Jesus Christ is Abraham. The name Abraham means “father of a multitude,” or “father of many nations.” And as the meaning of the name implies, Abraham became the father of faith for all who believe in Jesus Christ. He was designated as the “father of faith” because he embodied the quintessence of faith. In other words, Abraham demonstrates the model of faith that needs to be emulated; therefore, as a son takes after the image of his father, let us take after the faith of our father Abraham!

Abraham was called "the friend of God"

Abraham was a “friend of God” (2 Chr 20:7; Isa 41:8). Here, the word friend is philos (φίλος) in Greek, which implies that Abraham was in an intimate relationship with God. Abraham demonstrated the faith worthy of being called “God’s friend” by obeying the command to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac, who was as dear to him as his own life. It was this beloved son, Isaac, whom God had commanded Abraham to sacrifice as a burnt offering (Gen 22:2).

A burnt offering was a type of animal sacrifice in which the animal was slaughtered, sliced open in the belly, and cut into pieces. Its blood was sprinkled around the altar while its entrails and legs were washed and burnt on the altar.

Abraham did not delay at all in obeying the Word when he received God’s command (Ps 119:60). He rose up early in the morning—and without any discussion with his wife Sarah—saddled his donkey, split wood for the burnt offering, and took two of his young men to leave for the mountain in Moriah. And as God had instructed, he took along his son Isaac as well.

The three-day journey from Beersheba to the land of Moriah must have been like death for Abraham. The modern day expression “dead man walking” comes to mind. A death row prisoner on his final walk to the electric chair or the gas chamber received the unenviable title of “dead man walking” by the other inmates. Abraham was the dead man walking. He was dead inside...

Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together (Gen 22:8).

On the mountain, Abraham built the altar, arranged the wood, bound and laid his son Isaac on top of the wood on the altar. Then, he took the knife to slay his son. In Genesis 22:10, the word to slay is shahat (שָׁחַט) in Hebrew, meaning “to kill,” “to behead an animal,” or “to slaughter.” Having severed his bond of affection and love for his only son Isaac, Abraham was intent on killing him with the knife. At the moment Abraham stretched out his hand to slay Isaac, he heard a voice, saying, “Abraham, Abraham!” Abraham answered, “Here I am” (Gen 22:11)—mere three words that demonstrated his steeled, unwavering determination to obey whatever else God might lay on him. The angel of the Lord said...

“Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Gen 22:12)

Three days prior, Abraham had to put himself to death. He had to...in order to obey the incomprehensible, murderous command that God had given to him. But now, atop the mountain in the land of Moriah, Abraham was alive again. The three-day journey through the valley of death, it seemed, had not led to a downward-spiraling, grave-like abyss of regret and pain. When we sacrifice ourselves in order to obey God's commands, we are given life that is fuller, more meaningful, and blessed. God's promise to us is eternal life (1 John 2:25). Abraham believed that anything is possible for our God. He even believed that God can bring life out of death (Heb 11:19), and that is why he laid himself and his only son down on the altar at Moriah. Then, Abraham discovered that that was the beginning of his true life of faith. That was the beginning of his eternal life!

- from The Unquenchable Lamp of the Covenant by Rev. Abraham Park -

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