We haven't done anything theological on here for a while, so I thought I would give it a shot.
I once heard a speaker talk about the importance of when a word first appears in the Bible. His example was the story of Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac where the word "worship" first appears.
So today I thought I would look up the word "love" since it is one of the most used words in the Bible. Ready for this? (I wasn't). It happens in the same story!
Genesis 22:1-2 ~ Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” (NLT)
The first example of the word love in the Bible comes from a Father's love for his son, a son he would have to sacrifice. Much like our heavenly Father had to sacrifice His Son. Many times this story is referred to as an example of the Jesus story, and here, I think it shows a lot about God's character and His love for His Son, and how hard it must have been to allow His Son to be sacrificed for us.
Wow, I didn't expect that one...