Where’s Jesus? The Treaty at Beersheba (Genesis 21:22-34)

At first, this passage didn’t say anything to me about Jesus Christ and I felt as though I were grasping in the dark for a connection to Jesus, but after a little more than one week of reflecting on this treaty I began to see that Abraham was the one offended and the one who paid the price to restore peace.  What a great connection to Jesus Christ.

Abraham was wronged by Abimelech and his servants.  They took his well and what makes matters worse is that Abimelech is completely unaware of the way that he has offended and harmed Abraham.  But it is Abraham who pays the price, seven ewe lambs, in order to establish a covenant of peace between the two parties and their progeny.

In a similar manner, each and every person has offended God Almighty.  Our sin is frequently overt but it can also be hidden and unknown to us, just as the sin of Abimelech’s servants was unknown to the King.  But this does not excuse the reality that an offense has occurred and that peace must be established.  Abimelech understands the need for peace but he doesn’t understand the offense that has been committed, upon first approaching Abraham, nor does he understand the price that is paid in order to establish a lasting peace, the seven lambs.  But Abraham, in his grace is able to overlook all of this and pay the price in order to bring peace to the people of these two rulers.

This is exactly what happens in salvation.  Because of the Holy Spirit, people become aware of the the need to be at peace with God, but they come without an understanding of the great offense that has been caused.  As they look upon the life and death of Jesus Christ, many ask, “What is the meaning of this?”  To which God himself says, This is my son, the Lamb of God, given to take away the offense you have caused me (sins of the world.)

Jesus is here, even in a treaty.

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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