Genesis 22:1-2: ‘Here is love’

“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, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you.’” NIV UK

I read somewhere that this is the first use of the word ‘’love’’ in the Bible. It’s interesting that it comes in the context of a father being willing to sacrifice his son. If you are familiar with the Bible story as a whole, your mind will almost inevitably turn to what is, perhaps, the most famous statement in God’s Book:

‘’For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’’ (John 3:16).

There you have the gospel in miniature; in a nutshell.

In the story of Abraham, as we will see, he did not have to sacrifice his son. His faith was being tested, but his boy, Isaac, did not die. But, centuries later, on this very spot it is believed, God’s Son, Jesus, gave His life for the sins of the world.

What can we say? ‘Here is love vast as the ocean, loving-kindness as the flood…’

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your immeasurable love for the world; your love for me.