An Old Testament Portrait of Jesus

Genesis 22

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Genesis 22

Genesis 22 tells the story of Abraham and Isaac, when God called a father to offer up his son as a sacrifice. This story foreshadows the Gospel, in which God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins.

“Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you’” (Genesis 22:2).

In Genesis 22, Isaac serves as an Old Testament portrait of Jesus Christ.

  • His birth was prophesied and preset, and he was conceived miraculously. His mother Sarah had him after she “passed the age of childbearing.” (Genesis 18:11)
  • Isaac’s name was divinely given and he was very loved by his father.
  • He was offered up as a sacrifice and raised from the dead, as Hebrews 11:19 says, in a figurative sense.

In the same way, Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin, specifically named by the Father, who loved Him. God sent Him as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, and He was raised from the dead.

There was a purpose for specific place, Mount Moriah, where Abraham was told to offer up Isaac. It speaks of the cross of Jesus Christ. As Isaac was led up a mountain to be sacrificed, Jesus also died on a hill called Calvary.

Abraham’s obedience served a solemn purpose: “Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood” (Genesis 22:9).

In this passage, sin’s power is illustrated through the binding cord, bleeding knife, and burning wood. This foretells how Jesus would suffer on the cross for our sake.

Just before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a ram to take Isaac’s place.

Likewise, God kept His sacred promise to us and provided a Lamb, His only Son Jesus Christ, to take our place and die for our sins.

Adrian Rogers says, “God provided for Abraham, because Abraham was willing to give back to God that which God had already provided to him.”

Apply it to your life

Do you believe in Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides? Keep your faith in Him, who willfully gave Jesus, and will not hold His love back.