December 2, 2018

CHRIST the PATRIARCH’S DELIGHT: Abraham, said the Lord Jesus, “rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (Jn 8:56). But did he know he was taking one of Messiah’s own titles when we read: “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Gen 15:6)? The word “believed” is actually “Amen.” Abraham ‘amened’ the Lord, declaring, “So be it! This is right!” Christ is God’s Amen (2 Cor 1:20; Rev 3:14). When Jacob fled from his brother and had a fitful sleep in an unnamed location, laying his head on a stone for a pillow, he was given a revelation in his sleep. He said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it” (Gen 28:16). But how could he have known that the ladder that touched the ground where he lay was the Christ Himself (Jn 1:51)? And who could doubt it was God incarnate that he met when called to return to Bethel? There, after his night of wrestling, he said, “I have seen God face to face” (Gen 32:30; see Jn 1:18).