B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 22

The twenty-second letter of the Hebrew Aleph Beit is Tahv. It corresponds to this chapter. Keep in mind it is the symbol of truth and Perfection.

B'resheet 22:1-2 Now it came about after these things, that G-d tested Avraham, and said to him, "Avraham!" And he said, "Here I am." And He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Yitz'chak, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."

Your only son - Notice it says his only son. G-d was not counting the son of Hagar as the son of Avraham.

G-d too had an only son.

John 3:16 "For G-d so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

According to the law "murder" is forbidden. Avraham followed the Spirit through the Father's word. Now this would have taken "Faith" on Avraham's part. Just Imagine, you would almost have to think again and say "you want me to what?" We might even think we have lost our minds.

B'resheet 22:3-8 So Avraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Yitz'chak his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which G-d had told him. On the third day Avraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. And Avraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship and return to you." And Avraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Yitz'chak his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. And Yitz'chak spoke to Avraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" And Avraham said, "G-d will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

Now here we see Yitz'chak becomes a foreshadowing of the Messiah. Notice they identify each other by name just like the Father and Son identify one another when the fullness of time for the Messiah came to offer Himself up. Notice Yitz'chak states where is the lamb?

G-d and Avraham who demonstrates the Father had other plans.

The wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Yitz'chak - Yeshua too had the wood of the execution stake placed on His back as He walked on Mount Moriah.

B'resheet 22:9-10 Then they came to the place of which G-d had told him; and Avraham built the altar there, and arranged the wood, and bound his son Yitz'chak, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Avraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

This part is very important! Notice YHVH is asking him to slay his son. Why?

Was it just to test Avraham? Avraham had it in his heart and was willing to slay his son.

One cannot ignore this fact. The moral implications of the instruction imply if what a person "thinks" within their heart carries the same weight as if that person had committed the act. Yeshua also confirmed this.

Matthew 5:21-23 "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Matthew 5:27-31 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'; but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. "And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. "And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell.

Did Avraham hate his son? NO, but the L-rd was commanding him to slay his son.

Was it not on Avraham's heart to slay his only son?

Is this not the same as if he committed the act?

Is there a contradiction?

No, There was a higher moral reason. He was not only testing the faith of Avraham like it says but YHWH was illustrating a point that would bear out in the future. His own Son would die for a higher moral reason. There was no other way. G-d did hate the sin in our lives. The offering of bulls and lambs year after year helps one realize the necessity of this truth. Avraham's actions still lead us to seeing this eternal blessing and instruction of the Father through the Son. The offering of His only son was necessary for our completion. Pray to the Father and ask Him to reveal this to you. If you are sincere, He will answer.

John 14:6-7 Yeshua said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." NAS

1 John 4:4-6 You are from G-d, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from G-d; he who knows G-d listens to us; he who is not from G-d does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. NAS