Isaac, a Picture of Christ

In Genesis 22, God tested Abraham.

This is a picture of Christ. Read the the story with Jesus in mind, and you will see the similarities between Isaac being offered as a sacrifice and Jesus going to the cross.

• Isaac was a loved son.

• Mt Moriah later became Jerusalem. The place of the sacrifice would possibly be the hill of Calvary, where Jesus died on the cross. Isaac possibly walked in the same steps that Jesus would walk. I think he did. God is like that; He gets the details right.

• Jesus was dead for three days. For three days, as Abraham traveled, Isaac was lost to him.

• Isaac was willing. He was not a child. He was a man, strong enough to carry the wood on his back. He could have stopped his father (100 years older than him) from tying him up. But he was willing, as Jesus was.

• Isaac carried the wood of his own sacrifice on his back, Jesus carried the cross.

• Isaac was supposed to be sacrificed, but a substitute was provided. For our sin, we deserve death, but Jesus took our place.

• The substitute was perfect. The ram was caught by his horns, which insured that he was not injured, no bones were broken. He was a perfect sacrifice. Christ was perfect, sinless.

You might ask, how could Abraham even think of sacrificing his son. What was he thinking? The Bible tells us:

• Abraham told servants, Stay here with the donkey; I and the lad will go worship, and (we will) come again to you. (Genesis 22:5) Abraham expected to return with Isaac.

• God had promised “in Isaac shall your seed be called.” (Genesis 21:12) Knowing that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead. (Hebrew 11:18)

• BY FAITH, Abraham offered Isaac. (Hebrew 11:17) Abraham trusted that God would keep his promises about Isaac. And he trusted in the power of God to raise his son from the dead.

The angel said, “…now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me.”

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