The Story of the Lord Jesus A Gem Revealed in the Old Testament In Genesis 22 the Heavenly Father reveals
a picture of His plan for our salvation. Abraham understood that God was showing him a very special type of Christ when he declared “The-LORD-Will-Provide.” (Genesis 22:14) This understanding was so significant to Abraham that he communicated this truth to his children and his children’s children to the extent that down through the centuries, the descendants of Abraham have known that “in the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” (Genesis 22:14) What was God going to provide? What was revealed to Abraham about the coming Christ? The story of Genesis 22 will show the child of God an unmistakable picture of His wonderful plan of salvation through His only begotten Son. If you desire to know the heart of God and want to enter into the fullness of His fellowship, then pay close attention to the spiritual message foretold in the story of Genesis 22. Before we look at the prophetic aspect of Genesis 22, let us consider together the mountain before Abraham. It was a mountain of staggering height. Mount Moriah was not so high in physical height when compared to great mountains such as Mount Everest, but it is a mountain of unprecedented spiritual height in the Bible. The path Abraham traveled up the mountain was tougher, costlier and harder. When at last Abraham and Isaac stood on the top of Moriah they reached a glory greater than the men who climbed Mount Everest. It was the climb of a man of great faith and the climb of a son marked by implicit obedience. Few men have ever climbed so high. Mount Moriah represents the highest possible pinnacle of surrender for one and the highest pinnacle of sacrifice for the other. There was only one Man who climbed higher than Abraham. The Bible presents to us only one peak higher than Mount Moriah in all of the Scripture. It is none other than Mount Calvary. Physically Abraham and Isaac could have climbed Moriah in a day, but as we read the story it is clear that spiritually, Abraham could not have journeyed up this mountain without preparation of the heart. Abraham had been preparing for 50 years on the hills and slopes of God for the final triumph of his faith. With these thoughts in mind, let us prepare our hearts by reading Genesis 22 and answer the questions below for the purpose of enjoying together the “fellowship of His Son.” 1. Read Genesis 22:1, Deut. 13:3-4, Jeremiah 11:20, James 1:2-3, and 1 Peter 1:7. What was God doing in the life of Abraham and how does He work similarly in the heart of all of His children?
(Genesis 22:1 KJV) And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deu 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Jer 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause. Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
2. What three-fold description do we have of Isaac and how is the description similar to Christ? See Genesis 22:2, John 3:16 and John 3:35
(Genesis 22:2 KJV) 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. Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Joh 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
3. Note that God directed Abraham as he obeyed. “The place” in verse 2 was made plain to Abraham in verse 3. What does verses 3-4 teach us about Abraham’s obedience?
(Genesis 22:3 KJV) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. (Genesis 22:4 KJV) Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
What does Genesis 22:5 teach us about the meaning of worship?
(Genesis 22:5 KJV) And Abraham said unto his young men. and a knife. and his disciples also followed him. he never resisted his father’s actions of tying him to the altar. Although Isaac was concerned that there was no lamb for the offering. and kneeled down. That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Heb 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up. 1Jn 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us. In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Amazingly we never read that Abraham questioned God. My son.
9. he said unto them. which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
(Genesis 22:6 KJV) And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering. and he took the fire in his hand. and with his stripes we are healed. What was God showing Abraham and us by asking him to walk the long road to the top of Moriah with the intention of sacrificing his only son who he loved? See Genesis 22:6-8 and verse 14 and also 1 John 4:9
7. Pray that ye enter not into temptation. thine only son from me. and said. my son. from whence also he received him in a figure. yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will. At some point it is obvious that Isaac began to realize what Abraham was about to
. and prayed. he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him. Abraham. and laid it upon Isaac his son. and said. When Abraham took the wood for the offering off of the donkey’s back. and he took the fire in his hand. Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? (Genesis 22:8 KJV) And Abraham said. where did he place it? What does this action remind us of? See Genesis 22:6 and John 19:16-17
(Genesis 22:6 KJV) And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering. Explain why there is a need for a substitute for and for us to have salvation? See Genesis 22:9-12. and laid the wood in order. we have turned every one to his own way.
6. Luk 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast. be done. Lay not thine hand upon the lad. and they went both of them together. and led him away. Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray. and Abraham built an altar there. even from the dead. and they went both of them together. and bound Isaac his son. to the mount of Olives. strengthening him. And they took Jesus. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death. God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. that we might live through him. Here am I. Luk 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven. How does the obedience of Isaac show us a type of Christ? See Genesis 22:6-8. Hebrews 5:8 and Luke 22:39-44
Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son. My father: and he said. and laid it upon Isaac his son. He began preparations early and fulfilled each difficult step as God directed him. but thine. when he was tried. Here am I. because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world.4. neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God. if thou be willing. offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Heb 11:18 Of whom it was said. but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Father. Luk 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Genesis 22:11 KJV) And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven. Luk 22:40 And when he was at the place. and I and the lad will go yonder and worship.
Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham. Abide ye here with the ass. What substitute did God provide for Isaac and how do you think this provision of God benefited Abraham and Isaac? Genesis 22:12-13 At every point in this story we read of no hesitation from Abraham. How do Abraham’s actions in this entire story speak of His faith in God? See also Hebrews 11:17-19
(Genesis 22:9 KJV) And they came to the place which God had told him of. and went. Isaiah 53:5-6 and Romans 6:23
10. (Genesis 22:7 KJV) And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father. Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions. Luk 22:39 And he came out. and took the knife to slay his son. And he said. (Genesis 22:10 KJV) And Abraham stretched forth his hand. (Genesis 22:12 KJV) And he said. and a knife. (Genesis 22:14 KJV) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day. Luk 22:42 Saying. as he was wont.
8. Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull. seeing thou hast not withheld thy son. and come again to you
5. and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Joh 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. Abraham: and he said. and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
the demand was for God’s only son. or nakedness. Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us. when we were enemies. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. yea rather. It may well have been the greatest sacrifice Abraham could make. Rom 5:11 And not only so. that is risen again. Rom 8:37 Nay. nor things present. I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me. who can be against us? Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son. 16-25
. “all that Moriah meant to Abraham in terms of agony and heartache and pain all that and a thousand fold. we shall be saved from wrath through him. them he also justified: and whom he justified.
12. holy. nor principalities. to them who are the called according to his purpose. nor things to come. he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. them he also called: and whom he called. or famine. or persecution. we shall be saved by his life. while we were yet sinners. Romans 5:6-11. we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. acceptable unto God. being reconciled. much more. Christ died for us. For Abraham and Isaac the test was over as we see in verses 11-12. nor life.do. Rom 5:10 For if. and perfect. nor powers. shall be able to separate us from the love of God. in that. which is in Christ Jesus our Lord Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore. he did not wrestle away. For thy sake we are killed all the day long. In this monumental sacrifice. Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation. Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate. but delivered him up for us all. nor any other creature. Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice. Lo. or distress. who was loved with an infinite love. brethren. We cannot imagine the love that was between them. that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. being now justified by his blood. Yet we see no resistance. Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow. Romans 8:2839 and Romans 12:1-2
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength. by the mercies of God. Rom 8:39 Nor height. nor angels. In Genesis 22:15-18 we learn how greatly the heart of God was moved with love for Abraham when he saw Abraham’s devotion and obedience of faith. he did not object. which is your reasonable service. In Hebrews 10:7 we read of Christ “Then said I. in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom 5:9 Much more then. What was God’s response and what are the far reaching effects? See Genesis 22:15-18 and Romans 4:1-8. he portrayed to us one of the most fantastic pictures of what was in the heart of the Lord Jesus for you and me. He did not cry out. and acceptable.) to do thy will. or peril. God’s plan was revealed in part to Abraham but there would ultimately be a greater sacrifice made by God Himself. Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us. he surrendered himself to the father’s will. 11. It was something very good. but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. I am sure that he wondered as he watched. we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son. or sword? Rom 8:36 As it is written. The heights of Isaac’s surrender are a centerpiece in Genesis. that ye may prove what is that good. He yielded himself for the sacrifice of his life in obedience to his father’s will. The salvation of sinners demanded Jesus. that neither death. but it leads us on to a greater height in the centerpiece of all the Scriptures (the roll of the book) which is the One who came to do the will of God at any price for you and me. but for the Lord Jesus it was not. What does the story in Genesis 22 teach us about God’s love for us and our response to such love? See Genesis 22:11-14. As John Phillips wrote. ten thousand fold more is what Calvary meant to God. in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. who also maketh intercession for us. them he also glorified. Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died. O God. Even greater than his own life. by whom we have now received the atonement. Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. who is even at the right hand of God. nor depth. Soon Isaac understood that he was to be that sacrificial lamb. Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded.” Have you ever been asked by God to sacrifice or offer something you love? In this case it was not something sinful that Abraham was to give up. will of God.