Well, after six months, I had blood taken, and the results were just wonderful again. I seem to be doing very well. My platelets are still below minimum, but far above what they were two years ago. I thank the God of Israel for continuing good health.

I have a grandson by the name of Isaac, (which means, to laugh) and often when I think about him, I am reminded of the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. And as I was happy when Isaac was born, Abraham and Sarah laughed with joy, and was happy when their Isaac was born.

As you may recall, God put Abraham to a test. He told Abraham to take his only son Isaac, whom you love, and offer him as a burnt offering.

Abraham did as God instructed him. So when Abraham and Isaac got to the top of the mountain, Isaac said to his father, “Father, behold the fire and the wood: but where is the burnt offering?” Abraham’s reply was, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”

As all of you know, just as Abraham was about to plunge the knife into Isaac, an angel of the LORD, called unto Abraham and said, “Lay not thy hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know you yare’ (fear, revere, or stand in awe of) me.”

When we read about this moment in history, many wonder how God, could not have known, that Abraham, already stood in awe of Him. Yet we know that God is omniscient, and that He already knew, that Abraham, reverenced Him. We also know that Abraham was called a friend of God, and believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Of whom it was said, “That in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” For he reasoned that God was able to raise Isaac up even from among the dead, from whence he also received him in a figure. The word figure, is translated from the Hebrew word parabole, which means parable. Now a parable, in layman’s terms, is known as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

So why did the Spirit of God have this story written down?

God was showing Abraham, His plan of salvation for all, and is now giving Israel and us, an earthly account of what He was already doing in heaven. He was showing us by the story of Isaac, how much He loves us, and that He was sending His son, whom He loved. His only begotten son, to be our sacrificial lamb. As the ram was a substitute for Isaac, so the Son of God would be a substitute for us.

This story always reminds me of the unfathomable love, that the God of Israel, has for you and me. In this telling of Abraham and Isaac, his only beloved son, we clearly can see Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, who was sacrificed for our sins.

The LORD of all creation, shows us what He has done, even before time began. He shows us in Isaac,  how He gave His only beloved son, that as He provided a ram for Abraham, He has provided a lamb, the Lamb of God, a sacrifice for us.

Justice was served by a just and holy God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in all His love and grace, for us, gave His only begotten Son, to take all the sins, sickness, hatreds, and wrongs, that we, His created did, do, and will do, and placed them on His only begotten son, a sacrifice, to satisfy and fulfil the Law.

Jesus Christ (Jehoshua the Messiah), he who was without sin, knows that sin is so evil, so hideous, so deadly, that no one but Himself would ever be able to pay for it. He stood in our place, hanging on a tree, so the payment required for sin, and that last enemy of God, death, would be defeated.

Death claimed its victim, and justice was paid, by the Creator of all things. He who loves us more than we know; He who holds all thing together, raised the Son from the dead, and death was forever defeated. And He proclaimed that all who would call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, would be saved from this death.

Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

So when I think about my grandson Isaac, I am always reminded of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.                                                                                                     The one who loves us and showers us daily with His grace.

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