Abraham and Isaac Receiving Christ in a Figure

April 16, 2010 at 8:56 am | Posted in Genesis, Hebrews | 9 Comments
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The events in the Book of Genesis are not fables, fairy tales, allegories, or exaggerations. They are true historical events, which actually took place, just as they are recorded in the Bible. Thankfully, though, they also serve as object lessons and types which point to prophetic fulfillments in the New Testament. Therefore, when Genesis Chapter 22 records that God told Abraham to offer his son, Isaac, for a burnt offering, and that Abraham and Isaac fully intended to obey God despite this nearly impossible test of faith, we can rest assured that the account is accurate.

Moreover, we can be just as sure that Abraham and Isaac received a greater spiritual truth, and that the Lord wants us to receive this truth as well.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Hebrews 11:17-19

Note the following types or figures which point to the truth of the Crucifixion of Christ in the truth of the account of Abraham and Isaac.

The father and son went up to perform the offering on a mountain in Moriah (Genesis 22:2). This is probably the same area where Golgotha was. Christ Jesus was crucified on Golgotha.

Abraham the father was willing to sacrifice his son (Genesis 22:3). God the Father was willing to sacrifice Christ the Son.

For three days Abraham believed that Isaac was to die, as they traveled to Moriah, but Isaac actually lived (Genesis 22:4; 12). Christ Jesus died on the Cross, and it was not until the third day that He arose from the grave.

Abraham laid the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders to carry (Genesis 22:6). Christ Jesus carried a wooden Cross on His shoulders as He went to die. Also, God the Father placed upon Christ the Son the iniquities and sins of us all, which He bore in His body upon the Cross.

With Abraham and Isaac, God provided Himself a lamb for the burnt offering (Genesis 22:8). Christ Jesus was and is God. He gave Himself as the ultimate sacrificial offering to save His people from their sins.

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