It's an easy thing to do, to associate "the first" with and as "the greatest." And, certainly, there are instances in sports, areas of life, and avenues of our world where that really is the case. And that's good!
But it's not always the case; and it's not always wisest to assume "the first" is equivalent to "the greatest." And it's important to realize and understand that, too!
Thankfully, that's the understanding the Spirit of Grace places on our hearts as he puts the first of Abraham on our hearts with the first of a sacrifice and the first ascent up a mountain and the first substitution to be made. Beautifully, though, those firsts are not the greatest; they're only meant to direct our eyes to the greatest and only Savior from sin: Jesus Christ, our Lord - the sinless substitute.
To read a sermon on that truth, please click here: Genesis 22:1-18.
To listen to a sermon on that truth, please click here: Genesis 22:1-18.
To follow along in a service outline celebrating that truth, please click here: Lent 1.