A CLOSER LOOK AT THE RESURRECTION
The “Resurrection” of Isaac
A. Stephanie and I love going to the movies. There is something about getting away from it all with some popcorn and a Diet Coke, as we enjoy a good movie.
They usually begin with ads for upcoming movies. The phrase that is often used is, “Previews of Coming Attractions.”
B. We are going to look at a preview of a coming attraction—one that changed the world forever. It was a preview of the substitution of Jesus for mankind!
C. The story of redemption starts with Abraham. It was 25 years after God told Abraham he would have a son, that Isaac was born (Genesis 12:4, 7; 21:5). But then Abraham was asked to sacrifice the son he waited so long for.
D. A type, shadow, pattern or figure is a prophetic foretelling of future events. It’s like God is so excited about what He is going to do that He drops hints beforehand.
E. We will be looking at a type of the resurrection of Christ in Abraham’s life.
Vs. 2 (NLT) “Take your son, your only [Jewish] son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
F. Abraham had another son through Hagar—his wife Sarah’s Egyptian servant. His name was Ishmael (Genesis 16). But Isaac was Abraham’s only Jewish son—the only son of promise.
G. This is a type of the death of Jesus Christ. God gave His only Son as well.
Vs. 3 (NLT) “The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.”
H. This sacrifice was to be done on a particular mountain. Notice Abraham’s prompt obedience. Notice the word “we” is used twice in verse 5.
Vs. 4, 5 (NLT) “On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. ‘Stay here with the donkey,’ Abraham told the servants. ‘The boy and I will travel a little farther. We (Isaac and I) will worship there, and then we (Isaac and I) will come right back.’”
I. “The third day” was not a coincidence. Jesus Himself was resurrected on the third day.
J. The book of Hebrews gives us some insight into what Abraham was thinking. “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead...” (Hebrews 11:19 NIV).
K. After 25 years of waiting, Isaac had been born. Isaac was possibly 10 or 12 years old now and he was to be sacrificed.
Vs. 9-10 (NLT) “When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.”
L. Isaac was big enough to run from his aged father but there is no hint of resistance. Isaac trusted his father. Abraham had great faith but so did Isaac. I would have said, “Are you sure you have heard from God?”
THE LORD WILL PROVIDE
Vs. 11-13 (NLT) “At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham’ ‘Yes,’ Abraham replied. ‘Here I am!’ ‘Don’t lay a hand on the boy!’ the angel said. ‘Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.’
Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.”
A. God provided a ram as a substitute. God is never late but He is seldom early.
Vs. 14a (MEV) “Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide [NKJV margin: ‘Jehovah-Jireh’]...”
B. In this story, Abraham gave a name to this particular place to declare what he learned about God there. God provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac. And God provided his only Son as a substitute for mankind.
C. Jehovah-Jireh means, “God sees our needs and provides ahead for them.”
D. The sacrifice was in the region of Moriah (vs. 2). The region of Moriah is where Jerusalem is now located. (See Perry Stone Hebrew Bible chart from Genesis 22.)
• The temple of Solomon was built on Mount Moriah (2 Chronicles 3:1).
• It is presently the site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
• “It was on Mount Moriah, the very same place [or mountain range] where, 2,000 years later God’s own Son was offered” (Halley’s, pg. 101).
Hebrews 11:17 & 19 (MEV) “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. ...He reasoned that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he indeed received him in a figurative sense.”
E. This same story is also found in Hebrews 11—the Faith Hall of Fame.
Vs. 19 (MEV) “in a figurative sense” - (Yandian: parabole)
Vs. 19 (Passion Translation footnote) “Isaac was given to him as a parable.”
F. We get our English word parable from this word. This is a parable (picture) of substitution. The story of Abraham and Isaac is a true story. But it is also a picture of Jesus—our sacrificial Lamb—who was offered in our place.
G. This was just a preview of coming attractions!
H. I see three types in this passage:
(1) ABRAHAM is a picture of God the Father.
A. Abraham offered his only son—Isaac (Genesis 22:2). In the same way, God the Father offered His only son—Jesus.
Romans 8:32 (NLT) God the Father “did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?”
(2) ISAAC is a picture of mankind.
A. Because of our sin, WE should have been killed on that altar. But at the last moment, God took a substitute and put HIM on the altar in our place.
(3) THE RAM is a picture of our substitute, Jesus.
A. Isaac was willing to be offered as a sacrifice (vs. 9). Likewise, Jesus submitted to the Father’s will and became a sacrifice for mankind.
Philippians 2:8 Jesus “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
B. Abraham believed that if he were to slay Isaac, he would be raised from the dead. Jesus went one step further, He WAS raised from the dead.
C. The ram was slain as a substitute for Isaac. Jesus—the Lamb of God—was slain as our substitute. He took away the sins of the world.
D. Perhaps Abraham had a revelation of the coming Messiah as our substitute through this experience with his son Isaac and the ram.
John 8:56-58 (NLT) “‘Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to My coming (day). He saw it and was glad.’ The people said, ‘You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!’”
RESURRECTION IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
A. “The doctrine of...the resurrection of the dead” is one of the six foundational principles of the Christian life (Hebrews 6:1, 2).
B. As a Christian, we absolutely believe in the physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. How important is this? You cannot be saved without believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9).
C. A lot of things have been delayed or have even seemingly died during Covid. But I believe that the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead can breath resurrection life into dead and dry things.
D. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a central theme in the preaching found in the book of Acts (Acts 2:29-36; 4:1-2, 33; 17:18, 31-34; 23:6; 24:14-16, 21).
Example: We were just about ready to start our second campus. This one was in Weirton, WV. We had a successful Bible study for several months, held each Sunday night. We would pack chairs and other things that were needed and drive down each week. It was about a 4-5 hour commitment and we loved it. We had to shut things down because of Covid and have not been able to re-gather yet.
E. I believe that we can speak resurrection life to some of the things that have seemingly been “dead” in our lives!
Romans 4:17 (NLT) “God told him (Abraham), ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.”
F. Sarah was as a good as dead when it came to having children. But God resurrected her dream and gave her a son—Isaac—in her old age.
G. Let’s speak resurrection life to that which has been delayed or has seemingly died. Call those things that be not as though they were! MFM