[As part of the Loving the Bible class at Scoala Biblica Piatra Vie, students had to rewrite Genesis 22:1-19, choosing to either write all or just a portion of the story in their own words. The following is my rewrite.]
It had been three days of heavy and brooding silence in my spirit, each day heavier and more terrifying than the last as the mountain reared its ugly head and took form, and step by dreadful step grew larger, more defined, and more hideous for what it signified. The end of our journey.
And now, here finally, my boy in my arms at last, how heavy was his weight. Oh, how heavy and terrible the weight!
“My boy…” I mumbled, terror and sorrow mixed in my trembling voice. “My dear Isaac…”
I’ve been reading through Numbers, and one of the things that has been striking my heart is the immense cost to worship. To be in relationship with God–the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the jealous and burning fire, the consuming One–is a dangerous and costly thing.
Yes, Jesus’ blood has paid the price of our sins, and his act of redemption on the cross enables us to come into the presence of God, but still there is a cost to worship or it is not really worship. Worship is an act of giving, and so it necessitates a loss on the part of the worshiper. Now, this cost is negligible when compared to the ultimate glory we receive, the joy, peace, healing, love, and acceptance we find in the presence of God. But there is a cost.
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I like to check out wimp.com every now and then. Sometimes it’s just a time-waster, but sometimes there are some really great videos on it. June 27th, they uploaded a video about an Asian daughter and her deaf father. Although the video is about the relationship between the father and his daughter, it’s a wonderful look at the love that God, our heavenly Father, has for us. Oh, and seriously, I dare you to not cry. 🙂