For a righteous man, some would even dare to die, Rom 5:7. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lays his life down for his friends, John 15:13. It must be hard to imagine the emotions contained within Genesis 22, the account of the death of Isaac. For Abraham it was a rich experience to feel the very emotions of a Father that would not stop short in the giving of his son. The rich love demonstrated in the act was not shared with servants who joined him along the way, but stopped to watch the carrying of the wood on the shoulders of the men who then ascended mount Moriah. This was not the domain of law keepers, their task was done, they had joined the band of the faithful house and now stood wondering. The law was given to bring men to this moment, but could not enjoin with the sentiments. Now the full enactment of the burnt offering was outlined in the sequence of events. The lamb had been selected, the wood borne on the shoulders, the willingness with Deity exhibited in the compliance of the son. The full procedure of the burnt offering now demonstrated (only fully enacted again in Neh 8 before the crucifixion) God prevents Abraham in delivering the final blow. Imagine the appreciation of Abraham now, of the lengths that Yahweh would do again with His own son.

Abraham was made a father, like unto God in whom he believed, Rom 4:17 (note margin). He had accepted that Isaac was dead: 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: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure, Heb 11:17-19. Notice the emphasis on offering up, it is repeated. This deed in the mind of Abraham was as good as done.  Fathers learn to give things away. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it, Mark 8:35. One of the remarkable events from the offering of Isaac was the immediate joining of the servants who joined him in Beersheba, in type those under law now incorporated into the spiritual family of God Gen 22:19, and an announcement that there were additional children in the house of Milcah, representing the Gentiles, Gen 22:20f. On the participation of spiritual men with the purpose of God there can be amazing effects, well beyond what was anticipated!

The museum is well worth a visit if in the area!  The museum of Ephesus at Selcuk contains a number of artefacts from roman times, including busts, furniture and mosaics. In addition intact statues to Artemis are on display. A number of exhibits from the area were taken before WWI to the museum of Vienna.  http://www.khm.at/en/neue-burg/collections/ephesos-museum/

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