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NEVER Gives Up

{LOVE’S} … hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].”  (1Corinthians 13:7 Amp, insert mine)

In Genesis, chapter 22, we are given the account of Abraham’s greatest test of faith:  the command to offer up his promised, and cherished, son Isaac as a sacrifice to YHWH.  Not only is Abraham’s love for YHWH evident in his quick and attentive response (“Here I am”, verse 1), but the Word also bears witness of his love for Isaac (“Take thy son, the beloved one, whom thou hast loved-Isaac”, verse 2).  There is no hesitation revealed to us by Abraham, no doubting, just a complete and total trust that the God who had called him, was in control.  Even as Abraham placed Isaac on the wood, and raised the knife to offer him to Adonai Elohim, he ‘never gave up’, not understanding, but KNOWING, YAH was in command.

There are several similarities to be found between Abraham’s ordeal, and that which Messiah Yeshua endured.  The journey lasted three days, three days which to all intent and purposes, in Abraham’s mind, Isaac was ‘as if already dead’ (see Hebrews 11:19).  Adon Yeshua lay dead in His tomb for three days.  Isaac carried the wood the last distance for his own sacrifice (Genesis 22:6), just as our Messiah carried His own wooden stake.  The Word reveals to us that the place of Isaac’s sacrifice is in the same area as that of Messiah Yeshua’s – Jerusalem (Genesis 22:2; 2Chronicles 3:1).  As to their age, ancient Jewish Wisdom believes Isaac to be NOT a youth, but a man in his early 30’s, and well able to carry the wood needed for the burnt offering – the same age bracket as that of Yeshua.

On this mountain called Moriah, YHWH provided Abraham a ram to be offered up in place of his son Isaac (Genesis 22:13).  In this city called Jerusalem, ABBA Father also offered up HIS Son, to take our place, that we might ‘never give up’, and always have the hope of eternal life.  It is in this same city, Jerusalem, where our Savior King will return to set up HIS kingdom, and will rule for the Millennium (Zechariah 14:4; Revelation 21:2-27).

“For Eloah thus loved the world, so that He would give His only begotten Son that all men who would believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.  For Eloah did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to give life to the world through Him.”  (John 3:16-17 HRV)

©2015 Merete Marx