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He Received Him Back

March 21, 2022 Save Article

PRAY OVER THIS:

“Concluding that God was able to raise him [Isaac] up, even from the dead, from which he [Abraham] also received him in a figurative sense.”

(Hebrews 11:19)

PONDER THIS:

Abraham took Isaac and started up Mount Moriah to offer his son. How was he able to do that? Hebrews 11:19 says he was “concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” In Abraham’s mind, Isaac was dead for three days. From the day that God said, “Abraham, take him and offer him,” until the day that Abraham got him back, he considered his son dead. In this way, Abraham received Isaac from the dead.

Now, what is the Gospel that you and I preach? Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and was raised again on the third day. (See 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.) God the Father received Jesus back literally. In this, we see that Isaac prefigured Jesus.

  • How are you encouraged in your faith when you see examples like Isaac, who pointed to the coming work of Jesus?
  • Why do examples like this matter in our faith and life?

PRACTICE THIS:

List any other examples you know from the Old Testament where events or individuals foreshadowed the life of Christ.

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