Genesis 22:1-19 & Supernova

Hmm… so what is this passage about?  Are we to walk away from this passage having added to our list of things great saints do that we should also?  Or do we walk away powerfully feeling why we should and how we can live so radically for so glorious a God?  Let’s think it through…

We’ve been waiting for a son since Genesis 3:15 to pulverize the head of the snake.  Hence all the dudes begetting dudes begetting dudes.  This forms the tension of the Abraham narrative as well.  We are quickly informed that Sarah’s womb is barren (Genesis 11:30).  Thus we are waiting for a miracle baby, hmm…

Abraham then receives glorious promises, promises that pick up the echoes of Genesis 3:15, and these promises necessitate an offspring.  This narrative is then constructed such that the child’s birth feels anticlimactic.  Where does the story reach its peek?  Not at the birth of the promised child, but at his sacrificeHmm…

The intense emotional element to the story is the bond and love between the father and the son, his only son, whom he loves.  Hmm…

They are in union walking both of them together (Genesis 22:6, 8).  The son is trusting and innocent (Genesis 22:7, 9).  They are not divided, they are in harmony, this will be their most glorious moment – together.  Hmm…

The son bears the wood on his back, placed there by his father.  The father is the one with the knife and the fire (Genesis 22:6).  The father must act upon the son, the son must lay down his life.  Hmm…

Empowering Abraham to obey this command is a belief in God’s power and his promises (Hebrews 11:17-19).  The promised child who is to be sacrificed must be resurrected!  Hmm…

The name of the mountain, the area where the temple will one day be built (2 Chronicles 3:1), is not “Abraham obeys” but “The LORD provides”.  A ram is substituted in place of another.  Hmm…

It is in Abraham’s offspring that all the earth is to be blessed (Genesis 22:18).  Hmm…

The Bible is a constellation of stars.  Over every text we should cry out to God the prayer of Psalm 119:18.  No star is lacking glory.  To say one star shines brighter than another is not to disparage lesser stars, but to overwhelm us with the majesty of larger ones.  This text is a supernova, it explodes with brilliant light.

Do not mute such glory by reading this text in a simply moralistic way.  Obey God radically, yes, but dig down and notice the why and how behind such obedience – the glory of the Lamb and He who sits on the throne.

Yahweh has provided!

One thought on “Genesis 22:1-19 & Supernova”

  1. I Love this. I’ve been so excited about it all week…
    Why do we take awesome passages like this and make it only moralistic? Where is the joy or praise of God when we take His book to be about people and what They have done instead of His awesome, mighty hand moving to shape history… Is there a history of when people began reading the bible this way? Or has it always been so?

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