Jesus In Genesis


“Take your son, your one and only son whom you love…offer him as a sacrifice.”

~Genesis 22:2, REB


The Bible is our HIM book; it is all about HIM {Jesus}.

~Adrian Rogers

Buckle your mental seat belt, I am about to challenge your mind and possibly your faith. Genesis chapter 22 is not really about Abraham, although he did have incredible faith, or Issac, although he was incredible submissive. Genesis 22 is about Jesus. The prophetic significance of this passage is mind boggling. Some are going to disagree with my insights but I respect their right to be wrong. In Genesis 3:15 we have the first prophecy of Jesus. You almost have to be a Rabbi or scholar to catch it but God told the serpent {devil}…And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel
.” A woman does not carry the seed; that would be the male. The Rabbi’s believed, and I agree, this is a prophecy of the Messiah, He will be human and virgin born. I think this prophecy was passed down orally through all the patriarchs. I think Adam and Eve were hoping Seth would be the Messiah because they gave him a messianic name {Substitute}. I fully believe that Abraham carried this messianic hope in his own soul because Issac was so different from other children. He was nothing like Ishmael. Issac was remarkable submissive or meek. His father is 100 plus and he is a young teenager or older boy: if Issac decides to run, Abraham can not track him down. Issac figured out what was going on half way up the mountain. “Dad, you have the fire and I have the wood, where is the sacrifice?” The kid is not dumb.

I think Abraham entertained the thought that this child could be the ultimate sacrifice, the Messiah. God did not test Abraham to see what was in Abraham’s heart, God already knew. The test was for Abraham, not God. Note what Abraham said to his servants, “We shall worship there, and then come back to you.” He did not say, “We will worship there and then I will come back to you.” The writer of Hebrews helps us here…It was faith that made Abraham offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice when God put Abraham to the test. Abraham was the one to whom God had made the promise, yet he was ready to offer his only son as a sacrifice. God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that you will have the descendants I promised.” 1Abraham reckoned that God was able to raise Isaac from death—and, so to speak, Abraham did receive Isaac back from death.

I can talk for hours about this subject but back to the point: Issac was an only son, beloved of the Father, He was submissive to his father’s will although it meant death. He carried the wood he would be sacrificed on, on his shoulders and in a type, he experienced a resurrection. If you do not see Jesus here, you are spiritually blind. Yes, Abraham’s faith was incredible. He saw Jesus in the future. He saw the need of a sacrifice that only God could provide. In other words he understood man’s depravity and his need of grace.

Can you imagine the fun Paul and Apollos and other first century Jewish apologetics had with this passage. How could anyone fail to see Jesus in Genesis 22?

I love Sundays: imagine that! I am excited about the messages to be delivered today; please pray for my humility and anointing. Thank you and have a great Sabbath.

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