by Dr. Brad Black
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I had the AWANA large group time again and I related one of my favorite pictures of Jesus in the Old Testament. Gen 22
22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
God is telling Abraham to take Isaac and sacrifice him. Take a closer look, God says ďthine only son.Ē Just like Jesus is the only son of God. This makes Isaac a type of Christ. Type is a seminary word used to describe a foreshadowing of Jesus. On the other hand, another way of saying it is it parallels Isaacís life to Jesus.
Like wise, it tells us where he is going. To Moriah, and the mountain that God tells him. Moriah is where modern day Jerusalem is located. Now there are two schools of thought as to which mountain this is. I lean towards the thought that it is the temple mount where the temple and all the sacrifices the Jewish people made for hundreds of years, which are also a type of Christ. I have a pastor friend who believes that the mountain is Golgotha, the place Jesus was sacrificed on the cross. We have had some good-natured debates on this a couple of times. In addition, he makes some good arguments. Either way, it points to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Here is where we see the faith of Abraham. It says the next morning he takes care of business and makes ready for the trip, no questions asked. He believes God at His word. I will be honest; I am ashamed to admit that I do not think that I could have that kind of faith.
Look in verse 5, Abraham says, ďI and the lad will go worship and come again to you.Ē Therefore, Abraham believed if he sacrificed Isaac that God could and would resurrect Isaac because Abraham believed that they both would return to the men. This blows me away. God is foreshadowing the Resurrection two thousand years before He did it with Jesus. This is again another type of Christ.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
Abraham places the wood on Isaacís back just as two thousand years later, Jesus carries his own wood to His sacrifice when he carries the cross on His own back, possibly up the same path. This is another type of Christ. It just gets me how God orchestrates this to be exactly like Jesusí crucifixion.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Here we again see Abrahamís faith that God will provide the lamb, through Abrahamís own son, or through a lamb later, which God did. However, this is just as Christís sacrifice, God provides the Sacrifice His own son Jesus.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
We see here that God did provide a lamb for Abraham, just as he provides a lamb for us. One more point is the word in Hebrew that is translated thicket means a thorny thicket. Therefore, the ram substituted for Isaac had a crown of thorns, just as Jesus did. This shows God was doing a parallel of Isaac to Christ down to the smallest detail of even the crown of thorns. In addition, it points out again that Isaac is Abrahamís only son just as Jesus is Godís only son. This is an exact foreshadowing of what Jesus was going to do two thousand years later. It just kills me how the so many groups miss this, like the Jewish people and even the Muslims. They both have this story in there sacred books. The Muslims change it a little bit and say the son in there is Ishmael.
The one other thing I would like to point out is that Abraham calls the place Jehovahjireh, which means God, will provide, which He did for Abraham and for us.
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