• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 7, 2021

Daily Reading: Genesis 22-24

Genesis 22:2

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Abraham is now about 130 years old. It has been 60 years since the events of Genesis 12 when he put his trust in God and began to obey Him. During this time, the Lord has asked much of this man; he was asked to leave his home in Ur of the Chaldees, his father Terah, and now to offer up his son Isaac to God. For 60 years Abraham obeyed God, and here is another test, no doubt the greatest test of his life. This reminds every believer in the Lord God that no one grows to the point that our faith is not put to the test. Many in their old age fail the spiritual tests that God gives them.

But Abraham didn’t. He immediately obeyed the command of God, no more doubting Him, laughing at His promises, or negotiating with God. He simply obeyed by faith expecting God to bless his obedience. Which the Lord did, in that Isaac was spared by the command of God and an innocent ram was sacrificed in his place. God gave this entire story to humanity to foreshadow the truth of the Gospel.

To understand this story in the spiritual sense, consider the role that three individuals played.

Abraham pictures the Heavenly Father who sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth to die a sacrificial death so that those who believe in Him can have everlasting life. Isaac pictures the Lord Jesus Christ. From his miraculous birth to the altar he pictures Christ (he even carried the wood for the sacrifice up the mountain). Yet, he as a sinner could not be acceptable as a sacrifice for sins and the Holy Father spared him, as He has spared you and me. We may lay down our lives for Him to use, but we could never lay down our lives as a sacrifice for sins. Only the innocent Lamb of God was suitable for that.

Later, in chapter 24 we are introduced to the eldest servant of Abraham’s household. This servant pictures the Holy Spirit indwelling and filling the Christian. He is representative of the Spirit filled Christian doing the will of the Father.

In Chapter 22:7 Isaac asked his father, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Abraham replied the famous and now understood saying: My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: The patriarch of the faith looked down the tunnel of time and stated clearly that God would provide himself a lamb. Notice he did not say “God will provide a lamb for himself.” But rather God will provide himself a lamb. John the Baptist introduced this Lamb to the world when upon seeing Jesus he declared: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

In parting, let me also pass on this: Mount Moriah contains Mount Calvary, the place where Christ was crucified. In fact, in Genesis 22:14 it is said of this place …In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. It was seen by John and a host of witnesses when Christ was crucified there, and by faith through the pages of the Holy Bible every Christian believer has seen it too.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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