We have looked at the birthing call and the suffering call God placed upon Israel, via the Abrahamic Covenant. There is one other calling we need to examine: the priestly call. Our text for today’s study comes from Genesis 22:1-13. Please take a moment to read that passage.
Here, we find Abraham’s extraordinary obedience to God’s command to sacrifice his son. Abraham, though, had great faith, stating to the servants who accompanied them to Mt Moriah that he and Isaac would return (verse 5). In Abraham’s day, only the priests performed sacrificial services, yet God gave Abraham a priestly call when He asked him to sacrifice his son.
Father and son went up to Mt Moriah…where the Temple would one day stand. Once they ascended, note these similarities in the sacrifice of Isaac (Abraham’s son) and Jesus:
- From Mt Moriah, Calvary’s hill (where Jesus was sacrificed) could be seen
- Wood for the sacrifice was laid upon Isaac, just as the wooden beam of the cross was laid upon Jesus
- God provided the sacrificial animal, just as He provided the Lamb of God
- The ram provided in Isaac’s place was entwined in thorny branches around the horns, just as a thorny crown was placed on Jesus’ head
- Hebrews 11:17-19 tells us that Abraham believed he received Isaac back from the dead, just as Jesus was raised from the dead
So, I wonder…when Abraham looked at Isaac, did he see the Messiah? Did God once again open wide the curtain to allow Abraham to see into the future? Here’s a passage that may hold a clue:
“Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Jesus (during the Feast of Tabernacles!) said that Abraham would “see my day,” and he saw it as was glad. What was “my day?” What did Abraham see? I suggest that God transported Abraham some 2,000 years in time. He saw Calvary’s hill from Mt Moriah, he saw the wood of the cross when he placed the wood of sacrifice upon his son, he saw the crown of thorns when he saw the thorny thicket around the horns of the sacrificial animal…Abraham looked at his son, and saw the Messiah! He saw the day of Jesus and was glad, just as Jesus later revealed in John 8:56-58! Here in this place, man was being reconciled to God..the very purpose God gave to Israel through the Abrahamic Covenant!
Do you see it, my friends? Through Abraham, God gave Israel a birthing call, a suffering call and a priestly call…all leading to world redemption! Praise God for the faith and obedience of Abraham!
Stick with us, family of God! We’ve got more in store, and I’m so glad you’ve joined us at the study table. We’ll move on to consider God’s incomparable gift in the next few days, so stay tuned!