A Father Offers His Son should be published in the next few months! I expect to send the manuscript to my editor this week. The Introduction (below) will give you a good idea what to expect. If you like what you read, please consider:
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Introduction for A Father Offers His Son
I became a Christian in my early twenties. Soon after, I started reading the Bible for the first time. Like many people, I began “in the beginning” at Genesis 1:1. I read through accounts I had some familiarity with: Creation, The Fall, Cain and Abel, the Flood. I didn’t struggle with much of what I read, including even the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Then everything came to a screeching halt when I read Genesis 22:1-2:
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Take now 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 of which I shall tell you.”
I thought, “Why would God make such a request? I can understand God calling down fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, but how could He ask Abraham to sacrifice his own son?” The truth is, God didn’t intend for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. We know that because the Angel stopped him: “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him (Genesis 22:12a).” If God didn’t want Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, then what did He want? The answer is two-fold.
First, He wanted to test Abraham. We’re told that in the first verse of the chapter. This had never been anything but a test—not to see Abraham sacrifice Isaac, but to see whether Abraham would sacrifice Isaac. When Abraham revealed that he would obey God’s command, the Angel stopped him. He passed the test and there was no reason for it to continue.
Second, God wanted a picture of what He would do with His Son two thousand years later. He wants us to understand the sacrifice He made, so He put it in human terms. The Angel of the Lord commended Abraham for not withholding his son:
- Genesis 22:12b—[He] said, “For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
- Genesis 22:16b—[He] said: “Because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son.”
This looked forward to God the Father not withholding His Son. Abraham did not spare his own son, but was willing to deliver him up, and Romans 8:32 says, “[God] did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” God had no intention of Abraham sacrificing Isaac, but it looked forward to what God had every intention of doing with Jesus.
Let me make three requests for you to keep in mind as you read A Father Offers His Son…
- First, God wants us to appreciate His love for us, so think of how hard it was for Abraham. When you put yourself in Abraham’s place, you develop some idea of how heart wrenching it was for God. Do you have a son? What if this request was made of you? As you read about the sacrifice Abraham was willing to make, think on the even greater sacrifice God was willing to make, and why He was willing to make it—His great love for us: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
- Second, Jesus wants us to appreciate the sacrifice He made for us, so think of how hard it was for Isaac. When you put yourself in Isaac’s place, you develop some idea of how hard it was for Jesus. What if you received the same request that Isaac received? As you read about the sacrifice Isaac was willing to become, think on the even greater sacrifice Jesus became. In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
- Third, keep this analogy in mind so you don’t “settle for scraps.” Imagine you prepare a delicious feast for your friends, but when they arrive they choose to sit on the floor and eat the crumbs that fall from the table. If you read the account of Abraham and Isaac and fail to see God the Father and His Son, you are eating the crumbs. You have missed the wonderful feast that’s been prepared for you.
Genesis 22 is not primarily about Abraham and Isaac. Yes, they’re discussed, but you want to see the true and greater Father and Son in the story. John 12:20-21 says:
Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
This should be our hearts! My desire for you as you read A Father Offers His Son is that you see Jesus, so you can grow in your love and thankfulness for Him.
May I ask you a favor?
I have the same desire with A Father Offers His Son that I’ve had with my other books, and that is for Christ to be exaltated. Will you join me in praying for this request?