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“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering…” (Genesis 22:2).
How shocking! Many find it appalling that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Perhaps even Abraham at first; but he believed and rested in God’s promise. He accounted that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead (Heb 11:19). This command was intended to shock and alarm. By this God would demonstrate in a figure the unspeakable gift of His grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father gave His only begotten Son to suffer untold agony and death to redeem and save ungodly, unworthy, hate-filled rebels. Nothing is more shocking than God’s infinite, free grace. Nothing is more astounding and wondrous than the Father’s gift of love.
The Divine Trinity
We are Trinitarians. We believe, as the Book declares, the doctrine of the Trinity. The LORD our God, the living God, is the Triune Jehovah: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are distinctly God, each possessing all the characteristics of divinity: holy, infinite, eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, invisible Spirit. But they are one Godhead in their essence and eternal self-existence. This is the divine nature of our God: God is One in Three, and Three in One. And this is how the Scriptures declare their relationship with each other as God: The Father begetteth the Son, the Son is the only begotten of the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceedeth from the Father through the Son as the Comforter of God’s elect and Testifier of Christ (Prov 23:24; Jn 1:14; Jn 15:26). God created man in His own image, which illustrates something of the divine nature. We fell in Adam and the image was marred, but the natural order remains a picture of spiritual things. We are begotten through natural generation. We were created at once when God made Adam, but we are generated in time through conception and birth. This is a picture of divine truth. Christ our Savior is the only begotten Son of God by eternal generation. He is uncreated, infinite, eternal, without beginning or end, from everlasting to everlasting, God the Son. There could not be an eternal Father without an eternal Son.
The Joy of the Father
Isaac is certainly a picture of Christ and the unspeakable, shared joy between God the Father and God the Son. Isaac’s name means laughter. O how Abraham rejoiced over Isaac! He was his only son whom he loved. Think of the times they must have shared together as father and son, delighting in each other. See the love between them as they looked into each other’s eyes. Isaac would do something notable, and Abraham would say, “That’s my boy!” And Isaac would light up and reply, “My father!”
The Scriptures describe a far greater relationship between God the Father and His beloved Son. The Son declares, “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” (Prov 8:23, 30). The Father declares, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom” (Heb 1:5, 8). Behold the everlasting love and infinite delight between Father and Son. O how the Father rejoices in His Son! He proclaims, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; Hear ye Him” (Matt 17:5). O how the Son delights in the Father! He says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Ps 40:8).
Words are insufficient to express the amazing love of God for sinners in Christ. God our Father gave His only begotten Son to agonize a bloody, shameful death on the cursed tree for us, ungodly rebels. Hardly for a righteous man would one die. Possibly for a good man some would dare to die. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). God exclaims His love for sinners! His love is in Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn 3:16, 18).