An Old Testament Portrait Of Christ

February 15, 2018 Save Article

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Genesis 22:1-14
(RA-2016, Program: 0718, Air date: 02.18.18)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. When Abraham and Isaac went up Mount Moriah in Genesis 22, it was a dress rehearsal for Calvary.
    2. This account in Genesis 22 is a prophecy and an Old Testament portrait of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    3. John 8:56
    4. Galatians 3:8
      1. Abraham lived centuries before Jesus Christ was born.
  2. A SPECIAL PERSON (Genesis 18:9-14)
    1. Isaac, the son of Abraham, was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      1. His birth was prophesied.
        1. Genesis 18:9-14
        2. Jesus Christ’s birth was prophesied.
          1. Isaiah 9:6
      2. His birthdate was preset.
        1. God told Abraham and Sarah that Isaac would be born at an appointed time.
          1. Genesis 18:10
        2. The Lord Jesus also came into this world at an appointed time.
          1. Galatians 4:4
      3. He is conceived of a miracle.
        1. Isaac’s mother, Sarah, was well beyond child-bearing years.
          1. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old when Isaac was born.
        2. Isaac’s birth was a miracle birth, just as the Lord Jesus was born of a miracle in His virgin birth.
          1. Isaiah 7:14
      4. Isaac was named before he was born.
        1. Genesis 17:19
        2. Jesus was named before He was born.
          1. Matthew 1:21
      5. Isaac was counted as Abraham’s only beloved son.
        1. Genesis 22:1-2
        2. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God.
          1. John 3:16
      6. Isaac was offered up as a sacrifice.
        1. Genesis 22:2
        2. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our sins.
          1. John 3:16
      7. Isaac was figuratively raised from the dead.
        1. Genesis 22:4
          1. Three days passed from the time that God told Abraham to put his son to death until he saw Mt. Moriah.
          2. For three days in the heart and mind of Abraham, Isaac was as dead.
            1. Hebrews 11:19
        2. The Lord Jesus Christ was three days and three nights in the grave.
          1. Matthew 12:40
  3. A SPECIFIC PLACE (Genesis 22:2)
    1. God directed Abraham to take Isaac to a particular place, Mt. Moriah.
      1. Moriah means “Foreseen of the Lord.”
    2. In the Old Testament, this mountain is called Moriah; in the New Testament, we know it as Calvary.
      1. The temple was built on Moriah.
      2. Jesus was crucified on Mt. Moriah, later known as Mt. Calvary.
      3. God instructed Abraham to take Isaac to Mt. Moriah.
    3. Luke 23:3
    4. Psalm 2:6
  4. A SOLEMN PURPOSE ( Genesis 22:2)
    1. God instructed Abraham to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice.
    2. As they start up Moriah, Abraham told the others with them to stay behind; only he and Isaac would make the journey up the mountain.
      1. Genesis 22:5.
      2. This pictures dark Gethsemane as the Lord Jesus went alone with the Father.
    3. Genesis 22:7-8
      1. Isaac’s heart and mind must have been exceedingly troubled.
      2. This was to be a burnt offering.
      3. Isaac saw that his father had the fire (or a torch), the wood and a knife.
      4. Yet, there was no lamb for the sacrifice.
      5. Isaac likely began to understand that he was to be the sacrifice.
    4. Genesis 22:9
      1. Isaac at this time was no longer a young child, but most likely a strapping teenage boy.
      2. Abraham was well over 100 years at this point.
      3. Isaac could have easily outrun his father or overpowered him, but he instead allowed himself to be bound.
    5. Matthew 26:39
      1. The Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life as our sacrifice.
      2. Others said of Jesus that He could not save Himself, but in truth it was Himself He would not save.
        1. Mark 15:31
    6. Isaac went up Moriah carrying the wood, his own cross.
      1. Genesis 22:6
      2. Jesus carried His own cross up Calvary.
        1. John 19:17
    7. The sacrifice and the suffering of the cross are expressed in Genesis 22:9-10.
      1. The cord used to bind Isaac speaks of the binding power of sin.
      2. The knife speaks of the bleeding power of sin.
      3. The wood speaks of the burning power of sin.
      4. It speaks of what Jesus would suffer upon the cross for us.
      5. It foretells of the time when God would lay down His own dear Son upon a cross and raise the knife of His wrath against sin.
        1. The suffering of the Father was also great.
  5. A SACRED PROMISE (Genesis 22:11-14)
    1. Isaac was not sacrificed because one day Jesus Christ would be.
    2. In this passage, no longer is Isaac a picture of the Savior.
      1. Here, God dramatically shifts the scene, and Isaac becomes a picture of each of us.
      2. God provides a substitute for Isaac, and He has provided in Jesus Christ a substitute for each of us.
    3. God provided a ram whose horns were caught in a thicket of thorns.
      1. This was a lamb crowned with thorns.
    4. In Genesis 22:14, Abraham called this place Jehovah-Jireh, meaning “The God who is sufficient; the God who will provide.”
      1. This passage also states, “In the mount of the Lord, it shall be seen.”
        1. This is the promise of Calvary.
      2. John 8:56
      3. Galatians 3:8
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. Abraham was willing to give back to God that which God had already provided to him. And God provided, again, for Abraham.
    2. Abraham could trust Isaac back to God because God had given him Isaac to begin with.
      1. Anything God has given us, we can trust Him with.
    3. God loves us so much that He did not spare His own Son on our behalf.
      1. Romans 8:32
    4. It is time that we learned to trust God more.
    5. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    6. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    7. Romans 10:9-10
    8. Romans 10:13

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