B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 22 (Continued)

B'resheet 22:11-12 But the angel of the L-RD called to him from heaven, and said, "Avraham, Avraham!" And he said, "Here I am." And he said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear G-d, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

HaShem in his mercy accepted the moral obedience of Avraham's heart as equal to the act and even though He stopped him from completing this act it was irrelevant.

Thank You Father for your mercy so that Avraham did not have to suffer like you when you offered up your son in our place. Thank You Father for your truth and help us to understand and accept this truth about Your only Son. In the name of Yeshua, Amen.

Do you fear G-d?

Heb 10:26-31 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of G-d, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of mercy?

B'resheet 22:13 Then Avraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Avraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.

Interestingly, the "type" here is stuck in the thickets not unlike Yeshua who was stuck to an execution stake. Praise be to G-d. We must also not forget that G-d was willing that Yitz'chak would rise again. The Father would let Yeshua be raised also.

John 6:38-40 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." NAS

B'resheet 22:14 And Avraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Yireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the L-RD it shall be seen.

Jehovah-Yireh - Adonai will see to it - Adonai provides

Adonai provided the lamb for the sacrifice in Avraham's and Yitz'chak's case.

He also provided the lamb for your sins too.

Yitz'chak asked, "Where is the Lamb?"

And Yochanan answered that question for all of us:

John 1:29-30 The next day he saw Yeshua (Jesus) coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of G-d who takes away the sin of the world!

B'resheet 22:15-16 Then the angel of the L-RD called to Avraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By Myself I have sworn, declares the L-RD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son,

Here again we see the angel of the L-rd, who is Yeshua, swear by Himself to bless Avraham. We can count on His Word.

The Angel of the L-rd was pleased.

He was hidden for this very purpose. It kind of makes me wonder. What if Avraham had not been faithful and willing to offer up His only Son?

What if the Father would not had been willing to send His only Son?

B'resheet 22:17-19 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." So Avraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Avraham lived at Beersheba.

Again the G-d's covenant with Avraham is reconfirmed.

all the nations of the earth shall be blessed - This is referring to the coming Messiah, the redeemer of all mankind.

B'resheet 22:20-24 Now it came about after these things, that it was told Avraham, saying, "Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: Uz his first-born and Buz his brother and Kemuel the father of Aram and Chesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph and Bethuel. " And Bethuel became the father of (Rivkah) Rebekah: these eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Avraham's brother. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah. NAS

The father of (Rivkah) Rebekah - We will soon see (Rivkah) Rebekah become Yitz'chak's wife.