From Mark Trotter (developer of the 52 weeks of Pursuit) – In this post, I excerpted the main section from today’s reading in the 52 WEEKS OF PURSUIT (A tool I put together to bring the Malawi pastors in the Passion Center for Pastors through the Bible. I refer to it as “the common people’s guide to the Bible.”) Today’s reading highlights one of my favorite Old Testament pictures. Check it out…

Genesis 22 is one of the greatest chapters of the entire Bible. It lifts the curtain for the dress rehearsal for Calvary. In this chapter, God takes out His Divine brush, and paints an unbelievably beautiful picture of the offering of His only begotten Son.

Note the incredible similarities…

• Isaac’s birth was prophesied in Genesis 18:10: “Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” Christ’s birth was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14: “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”

• Isaac’s birthday was preset. Genesis 21:2 says that Isaac was born “at the set time of which God had spoken to Abraham.” Christ’s birthday was preset. Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.”

• Isaac received his name before his birth. Genesis17:19 says that God told Abraham, “Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son… and thou shalt call his name Isaac.” Jesus received His name before His birth. Matthew 1:21 says that God told Joseph, “And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus.”

• Isaac was conceived by a miracle. (Gen. 18:11–14) Christ was conceived by a miracle. (Luke 1:34–37)

• Isaac was the only begotten son of his father. (Gen. 22:2; Heb. 11:17) Jesus was the only begotten Son of His Father. (John 3:16)

* There was a particular place God had in mind for Abraham to offer his son. Genesis 22:2 says that it was on one of the mountains in the land of Moriah. Moriah means “chosen by Jehovah.” The passage doesn’t tell us which mountain, but we’ve already seen enough of the picture to know which mountain in particular “Jehovah had chosen!” Genesis 22:3 says, “And Abraham… and Isaac his son… went unto the place of which God had told him. There was also a particular place God had in mind to offer His own Son. Luke 23:33 says, “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him (Christ).”

* Both Isaac and Jesus rose from the dead. Isaac rose from the dead, figuratively, after three days! (Gen. 22:3–4; See Heb. 11:19) Jesus, of course, rose from the dead, literally, after three days! (1 Cor. 15:3– 4.)
* Isaac walks to the place of sacrifice the Lord had shown his father, carrying the wood that was to be used for his own execution. (Gen. 22:5–6) Jesus walked to the place of sacrifice shown Him of His Father, carrying the wood that was to be used for His own execution. John 19:17 says, “And he (Jesus), bearing his cross went forth into a place… which is called… Golgotha.”

Note that the instrument of sacrifice didn’t fall upon Isaac in Genesis 22: 9–14. That’s because he was just the picture! One day, 1900 years later, it would fall on the Lord Jesus Christ. And check out the answer Abraham gives his son to the question he asked about where the lamb was that would be offered as the sacrifice for sin: “Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb!” (22:8) Of course, there was the immediate fulfillment in the ram caught in the thicket in verse 13 (i.e. a male lamb wearing a crown of thorns!). But there is also a prophetic fulfillment as well! Note that Abraham did not say, “God will provide a lamb for himself.” He distinctly said, “God will provide himself a lamb!” Obviously, Jesus was the fulfillment of the picture. John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

As we stand in awe of God and His incredible, supernatural Word today, may we keep this in mind: If ever there was a promise that God might have reneged on (which is obviously impossibility!)… but if ever there was a promise that God might have changed His mind about, it would have been the promise of offering His beloved Son! And we can rest assured—that if He kept that promise, He’s going to keep all of the other ones! Paul put it this way in Romans 8:32: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”