Pointing to the cross – Abraham and Isaac
Partial Genesis Scrolls Found in Three Cave
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
Why is mount Moriah so incredibly important?
• Where current day Jerusalem is
• Temple Mount
• Possibly the same mountain Jesus was crucified on
1. One and Only Son
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
2. You Carry the Wood
4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,
3. As an Offering
God told Abraham to offer his one and only son as a burnt offering
• God knew Abraham would obey
• God also knew that Abraham would stop upon command
4. The Lamb
7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
Where is the lamb?
This had to be a painful question for Abraham to hear.
He also knew the question would eventually come. So he prepared an answer
• God will provide the lamb for the sacrifice
The New Testament refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God 12 times
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
5. The Obedience of the son
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
6. The Resurrection
7. Blessing to all future generations
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba
Through both Isaac and Jesus all nations on earth have been blessed
The similarities are amazing
• The location being the same
• The prophecy of numerous descendants
• The future blessing to all the earth is amazing