Evangelist Dr. Karl Coke says that there are about 30 ways in which this story is almost identical to the story of GOD offering Jesus as the sacrifice for sins on Mt. Calvary.
Can you find them?
Read over Genesis 22:1-18 below, and make a list of all of the comparisons you find. Dig deep. Think hard. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you. When He does, sit back and marvel at GOD’s Word. And think about how important these truths are to your salvation, your eternity, and to your faith, courage, and obedience on a daily basis.
Genesis 22:1-18 (HCSB)
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. 2 “Take your son,” He said, “your only ⌊son⌋ Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
3 So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.
7 Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.” And he replied, “Here I am, my son.” Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together.
9 When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” He replied, “Here I am.” 12 Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.”
13 Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.”
15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By Myself I have sworn,” ⌊this is⌋ the Lord’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, 17 I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies. 18 And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command.”
How many did you find?
If you find even ten or more, you are doing a good job of studying the BIble. God’s Word is amazing. This is why Jesus told the two guys on the road to Emmaus that if they really understand the Old Testament (aka, “the Law and the Prophets”) then they would see that He is the Messiah!
Let’s learn from Abraham and Isaac about faith, obedience, courage, trust, and most of all… about Jesus.
Jesus is the sacrifice that GOD provided — HIMSELF.