Abraham, Isaac, Jesus

Posted by Dave Clayton on

It has been a real joy studying through the Book of Genesis this summer. In particular, I have really enjoyed our study through the life of Abraham over the last 4 weeks. That being said, I wanted to post one last blog (for now) regarding Abraham, Isaac, and ultimately their connection to Jesus. 

One : All Scripture Points to Jesus
For the majority of my life, I struggled understanding the stories of the Old Testament. They seemed weird, irrelevant, and completely disconnected from the story of Jesus in the New Testament. It wasn't until a few years ago that I really started to understand that all scripture (Old and New Testament) is ultimately about the work of God through the life of Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you have ever taken a graduate Bible course, or read scholarly work on the Old Testament you know this is not a popular view. In fact, many Bible Scholars believe it is absurd to think the Old Testament is about Jesus at all.

Jesus however makes it clear all throughout the Gospel Accounts that the stories in the Old Testament only find their fulfillment in him (i.e. Luke 24:27). So you and I are left with a question : Do we believe Jesus is a better Bible scholar than some professor that teaches Bible at a state school? I don't know about you, but I tend to side with Jesus. 

That being said, I think the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 points us towards Jesus in a powerful way.

Two : The Connections

1.) Genesis 22 echoes the sentiment and tone of John 3:16

2.) Isaac was escorted to Mount Moriah by two servants, Jesus was escorted to calvary by two thieves.

3.) Isaac carried the wood on his back to Moriah, Jesus carried the wooden cross on his back to calvary.

4.) Isaac knew there needed to be a lamb to offer in worship, Jesus was the lamb offered in worship

5.) Isaac submitted to the will of his father Abraham and allowed his father to tie him up and lay him on an altar. Jesus submitted to the will of his father and was arrested, beaten, and nailed to a cross.

6.) Abraham named the future site of the temple "On the Mountain of the Lord it will be provided." Centuries later, Jesus was the culmination of that promise.  

7.) God spared Abraham the pain of sacrificing his only Son. Thank God he chose to endure the pain of sacrificing his only son. 

I pray that we will come to see the story of Jesus in absolutely everything. Have a great night.

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