Abraham and Isaac

The purpose of this magnet is to remind you of God’s covenant promise!

Abraham and Isaac Fridge Magnet. Size: 10cmx 10cm

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Genesis 12:2-3

This Magnet features Abraham holding the knife ready to kill his son, Isaac. In the background you see some stars. Isaac was the Star child. Read more about this in the next paragraph. In the bottom left you see the ram. The Ram was offered in stead of Isaac, just like Jesus Christ was sacrificed on our behalf.

The Star Promise

There are many things that can be told about Abraham. That he was the Father of Faith, the Father of many nations or that he was a Blessed man of God.

The very first promise God made to Abraham was that his descendants would be as many as the Stars of heaven and also that his descendants would be as many as the sand of the earth. In my dad’s Books (Room with a view, Book 5) he draws the pictures of these stories. He drew a man in the dessert who looked up towards the stars and he drew the same man again looking down towards the sand. He says in his book that Abraham had a ‘Looking up’ promise (Stars) and a ‘looking down’ promise (Sand). He got Ishmael by looking down. By trying to accomplish the promise of God through his own means. He got Isaac by looking up and trusting God to fulfill His promise and perform the miracle they needed.

Just as Isaac represented the Star promise, it was obvious that it should be Isaac that must be sacrificed. When Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac, God stopped him. Isaac was the son of the promise and Abraham even believed that God would raise him from the dead. (Hebrews 11:19) And thousands of years later Jesus Christ was welcomed on the day of his birth by that special star that stood above the manger where he was born. The Star signifying the Star promise. That from out of Jesus Christ many sons will be born.

The Blessing

You can read the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 12 through to 22.

If you know the story of Abraham you will remember that he was tempted of God. In Genesis 22 God told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obeyed God and as he was about to kill Isaac the angel of the Lord stopped him. And again this is what the angel of the Lord told him:

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 22:16 to 18

Did you notice the last part of both the promises? In Abraham shall all the families of the earth be blessed and the second verse all the nations of the earth be blessed. This includes all of us. We are all part of this promise. Because Abraham was willing to give his son to God, God gave his only Son to the world.

When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we enter into the covenant promise of divine blessing. In Christ we are blessed, in Christ we are more than conquerors, in Christ we are saved from this world and it corruptions.

Circumsision on the eigth day

When Ishmael was 13 years old God came to Abraham again and re-confirmed his covenant with Abraham. (Genesis 17) God told Abraham to circumcise every male among his people and that circumcision would be the sign of the covenant.

Circumcision is referred to as cutting the flesh. In Ephesians 2 Paul says that we should be circumcised in our hearts, cutting away the old man and be made new, unto the Image of Christ.

That is why we use the Cross of Jesus Christ as the door unto the Father in Heaven. When we lay down our lives as Jesus laid down his life we lay down the flesh. (Will, intellect, emotions and feelings) We are partaking of the circumcision of the heart.

So my prayer over this magnet as I was making it was that you will remember the Covenant promise you have with God. That He is for you and not against you and that he will always provide what you need!

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