In an earlier post that you can read HERE, I suggested that if you study the story of Abraham offering Isaac on Mt Moriah carefully, you could find as many as 30 similarities between that story and the story of God offering Jesus as a sacrifice on Mt Calvary. I posed this question to our Connect Group at Hebron Church on Sunday, and here are the 30 similarities that we found.
In both stories…
- The father leads his son to be sacrificed.
- A donkey is involved on the road to the sacrifice.
- They leave their “homeland” to go to the place of sacrifice (Abraham & Isaac travel to the mountain, Jesus leaves heaven to come to earth).
- To get from where they are to the place of sacrifice requires a journey.
- Each son is the “one and only son” of his father.
- The son is a descendant of Abraham.
- The son had been born with divine intervention.
- The sacrifices take place on the same mountain (called Mt. Moriah in the Old Testament, called Mt. Calvary in the New Testament — also known as Mt. Zion, by the way)
- The companions that were with them stayed behind (most likely on the hill across the valley, called the Mt. of Olives) when the son went with the father for the sacrifice.
- The son carried the wood/cross to the place of sacrifice.
- The son asked questions of the father.
- The father knew what he was called to do.
- The son was submissive to the will of the father.
- The father was willing to sacrifice his son, if necessary.
- The father believed in resurrection.
- The father loved the son.
- A resurrection was prophesied (Abraham said, “we’ll come back to you.” Jesus said, “I will rise on the third day.”)
- The son was laid upon the wood/cross.
- The son was bound to the wood/cross.
- Abraham had a knife to pierce his son, Jesus’ skin was pierced by whips laced with bones, glass and rocks.
- The Lord Himself provided the sacrifice (the ram, Jesus). [Note, the word order in the Hebrew text of Genesis 22:8 could read, “The Lord will provide Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” A foreshadowing of Jesus]
- Blood was shed.
- The sacrifice was a substitute (ram a substitute for Isaac, Jesus a substitute for us).
- The sacrifice was a demonstration of love for God.
- Men of great faith in God who were committed obediently to the will of God.
- The ram was caught in the thorns, and Jesus had a crown of thorns on his head.
- Abundant blessings flow because of the sacrifice (abundant life).
- Abraham was tested, Jesus was tested.
- The son ultimately survived the sacrifice.
- The son was resurrected on the third day.
Number 30 requires a little explanation. Jesus was literally resurrected on the third day. As for Isaac: Abraham heard from the Lord that he was to sacrifice his son. As far as he was concerned, Isaac was as good as dead at that point. The journey from their home to the place of sacrifice took three days. On the third day, God provided the ram so that Isaac was spared his life, i.e., he was “resurrected” on the third day. The Bible tells us that Abraham had great faith all along, believing that even if God did call him to slay his son that God would bring his son back to life!
Not sure if we got all 30 of them right? Maybe you found other similarities? Let me know.
Keep studying, and keep trusting in the will of God, the ways of God, and the Word of God.