The unique, unparalleled, incomparable Only Son.

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.” Genesis 22:2.

Isaac on the alter

Only Son, yachid; Strong’s #3173. An only one, an only child, the unique one, a precious life, only begotten Son. Yahid comes from the verb yachid, “to be one.” “Take now your son, your only son (Yahid), Isaac, whom you love (‘ahab this is the first mention of love in the OT), and go to the land of Moriah…”

In what sense is Isaac a Yahid? Obviously, an only child is especially dear to parents. Yachid describes Abraham’s unique miracle child Isaac.

Zachariah describes for us what the Messiah will one day become to Israel’s repentant, weeping citizens: a previous, Only Son. “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10.


 The place Mt. Moriah is where God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac the same place where God sacrificed His own Son. Something very noteworthy here is the phrase: “His only begotten Son” in John 3:16 in the Hebrew NT is: rendered “His Son, His Yachid.”

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 23:32:28

    “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (22:18)

    God’s mercy saved Isaac. It is the same with us.

    On the other hand, God chose to be “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3)

    What great faith had this man of God! What great love (unconditional) has this God for us!

    I have only one son. I can’t imagine the thoughts that must have gone through Abraham’s mind.


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