Gen 22:2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Gen 22:7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
As we continue our studies in Ancient Hebrew word pictures, let’s look at the symbols representing the word “Father”. The letters which compose this word are “aleph” and “beit”. The “aleph” was originally illustrated as an ox head, which denotes strength, power and a leader. “Beit” is the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and its ancient symbol represents a tent and illustrates a home, dwelling, and family. So the ancient word for “Father”, “Av” literally describes the leader of the house, or the leader of the family.
The Hebrew word for “love” is “Ahav”, comprised of both the “aleph” and “beit” (in its secondary form, “vet'”), as the outer letters which spell the word for “Father”. Between these outer letters, in the “heart” of the word we find the letter “hay”. The ancient letter “hay” is a symbol representing a “window”, suggesting “an opening which reveals”. So the word for “love” in ancient Hebrew is comprised of symbols which together suggest the phrase, “father’s Heart Revealed”, or “window to the father’s heart”.
Abraham demonstrated his love for God by willingly lifting up his son Isaac to die as a sacrifice. His profound faith and obedience forever exemplified the love of our Father in Heaven, and became a window into His heart, because God, our Father also sent and offered His only Son, revealing His great love for us. In every way, the types, shadows, and even the very letters of scripture, testify to the love of God in Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah.