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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Death

The Scripture for this week's study is found in Genesis 22:1–19. It's important to remember that everyone has a story, Genesis 22, is not just Isaac’s story; it is the story of all of us in very important ways. 
 
The second thing we are reminded of is: My death appears certain (Genesis 22:9–10).

At some point, Isaac understood what was happening. At some point, he realized that his death was certain. Maybe some of us have had such a moment. But Isaac’s story is your story, and mine, regardless. The Bible says,

Sin came into the world because of what one man did, and with sin came death. This is why everyone must die—because everyone sinned (Romans 5:12, NCV).

Ever since the first human beings ate the forbidden fruit, ever since they ignored God’s warning and did things their own way, we have all gone astray. We have all rejected God’s way and chosen our own way … repeatedly.  And the awful consequence of the sin that touches us all is the death that awaits us all.

Every one among us is facing physical death, just like Isaac did on the altar; it’s not a question of if death is coming, it is only a question of when.
No man knows when his hour will come (Ecclesiastes 9:12).

But, happily, that is not the end of the story. Or, at least, it doesn’t have to be.

Be wise today and always - seek the One who gives eternal life!