The Holy Spirit made sure, through various Scriptures, that the Gospel of God’s provision for man was known to people even before the time of Jesus. The Good News is not only in the four Gospels, from Matthew to John. The Old Testament expounds it in types. For example:
# The sacrifice of Isaac
God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only beloved son, Isaac. 1 It was a type, a picture of the Gospel of how God would sacrifice His beloved Son. “The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham; ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’” 2 That blessing referred to Jesus, quite some time before His birth.
# Similarities between the sacrifices of Isaac and Jesus
- God commanded Abraham, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there on one of the mountains I will tell you about.’ 3
- It is the same place that King David bought from Araunah and where he sacrificed to stop the plague on the Israelites. 4 He said, ‘The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.’ 5
- So Solomon built the temple on Mount Moriah. 6
- Jesus was crucified near the temple, on Golgotha or Calvary.
- Abraham put the wood on Isaac. 7 Compare it to, ‘Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the skull….’ 8
- Isaac asked his father, “…but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? Abraham answered, ’God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’” 9
- Jesus was the Lamb of God, ’Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the centre of the throne…’ 10
- “So Abraham called that place The Lord will Provide. And to this day it is said, On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’” 11 Abraham used the future tense ‘will provide,’ after God had prevented the slaying of Isaac and provided a ram. Thus Abraham prophesied that God will provide the sacrifice (His Son).
- “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.” 12 Take note of the similar language in the New Testament:
- ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son….’ 13
- ‘…God the Father…raised Him [Jesus] from the dead.’ 14
- “He said to them, ‘The Son of Man…. They will kill Him, and after three days He will rise.’” 15
The sacrifice of Isaac was a prophetic act that God used to teach us in advance what it would cost Him, the Father, to give His one and only Son as the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the world.
- Genesis 22:1-19
- Galatians 3:8
- Genesis 22:2
- 2 Samuel 24:18-25
- 1 Chronicles 22:1
- 2 Chronicles 3:1
- Genesis 22:6
- John 19:17
- Genesis 22:8
- Revelation 5:6
- Genesis 22:14
- Hebrews 11:17
- John 3:16
- Galatians 1:1
- Mark 9:31