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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Isaac was "type of Christ" (Gen 22)

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

The more I study the Old Testament, the more I see that God is continuously preparing our hearts for our need for a savior and that only Jesus, who is God in human flesh, qualifies.

In Genesis 22:1-17, God uses Abraham and Isaac to illustrate Jesus' future death on the cross in our place.

God tells Abraham to take his only son, Isaac; and sacrifice him on Mount Moriah where Jesus was crucified.

Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac because he believed God would raise him form the dead after the sacrifice. (Hebrews 11:17-19)

Isaac is not a child at this time but likely in his 20's - 30's. So he was willingly laying down his life. I wonder if Isaac was the same age as Jesus when He was crucified?

On the way up the mountain, Abraham took the wood for the offering and laid it on Issac, his son to carry.

Isaac asks Abraham where is the lamb for the offering. Abraham replies, God will provide the lamb for the offering.

Isaac lays down on the wood and as Abraham takes the knife, the Angel of the LORD (Jesus), stops him and says you have not withheld your only son from Me.

As Abraham turns and looks, there is a ram for sacrifice. After sacrificing the ram, Abraham calls the place, in the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.

Then the Angel of the Lord tells Abraham in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.

And we are blessed by the seed of Abraham, Jesus, when He willingly laid down His life in our place.

The Jews in Jesus' day would have been intimately familiar with this passage and yet they didn't understand it and missed the blessing of receiving Jesus.

Dear Lord, Please help me make time in your Word a priority. Please give me wisdom and understanding so that I receive your blessing, your direction and your protection. Thank you Lord, for carrying that wood up Mount Moriah and dying in my place.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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