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Daily Reading: 4th April 2015

Genesis 22.3-5

[4] On the third day of the journey, Abraham saw the place in the distance.

[5] “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the young men. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back” – (NLT).

6 Abraham, Isaac and his two servants travelled for three days before they arrived near the place of sacrifice. Perhaps we might see in this a foreshadowing of Jesus spending three days and three nights in the tomb. The three day journey of Abraham and Isaac was prior to any sacrifice, whereas the journey of Jesus was beyond His sacrifice. His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights.

7 Abraham assures the young men that they will be back. Abraham speaks in the plural. He did not say ‘I will be back’, instead he said ‘we will come right back’. Abraham believed that somehow God would give him back his son.

In Mark 8.31 we read: And He began to teach them that it is necessary for the son of man to suffer a lot, and to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and to be put to death and after three days to be raised from the dead.

Jesus believed the Father and trusted Him to raise Him from the dead on the third day.

Abraham knew that God would not take from him his son and heir, and with it the promise He had made that He should be the Father of many nations.

Jesus also knew that God would not abandon Him in death. The prayer of King David prophesied this about Jesus:

[8] I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.

[9] No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts His praises! My body rests in safety.

[10] For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Godly One to rot in the grave – Psalm 16.8-10 (NLT).

Abraham had faith in the promise of God to be secured through Isaac, therefore, he trusted God to raise Isaac from the dead, if necessary. Jesus had faith in His Father to raise Him from the dead, and we know that He did this.

It is a fundamental fact of our faith that God raised Jesus on the third day, and that He is the first fruits of all who are to be raised from the dead, all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour.

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