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Abrahamic Covenant, Part 13. The positive volition of Isaac foreshadows the human volition of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, April 26, 2002

Isaac also recognizes the authority of doctrine, and he is willing to offer himself on the altar because his relationship with his father has taught him to be as obedient to the will of God as his father is.

The sacrifice on the mountain was to take place between the father and the son only.

ROM 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

ACT 2:23 this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.

The two slaves represent the two thieves on the cross who were not permitted to see the transaction that took place between God the Father and TLJC on the cross.

The stronger of the two is going to carry the burden and Isaac is the stronger.

Isaac is approximately 25 years old; he is the stronger of the two and when he gets on top of the mountain he is going to be tied upon the altar so his throat can be cut.

The volition of Isaac, the potential sacrifice, is definitely involved.

While Abraham was a total flop as a father with Ishmael, he was a great father with Isaac.

The positive volition of Isaac foreshadows the human volition of TLJC in facing the cross.

Just as the father Abraham laid the wood on his son, so God the Father laid the wood, the humanity of the world, upon TLJC, His son to carry the burden of our sins.

Isaac carried the wood just as Christ carried our sins. 1PE 2:24 and He Himself carried our sins in His body on the cross,

ISA 53:6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

Wood - humanity, 1CO 3:12. Fire - wrath and judgment, NUM 11:1. Knife - crucifixion of fleshly desires, PRO 23:2.

Isaac has the wood because he represents TLJC; wood represents humanity and is going to be burnt just like the humanity of Christ was judged.

Abraham has the knife and the fire because he represents God the Father and he has the ingredients or the tools to execute judgment of an innocent sacrifice.

together - yachad = they were in harmony, together; to be united for a mutual purpose.

AMO 3:3 Can two walk together unless they are agreed?

1. God gave Abraham the highest privilege in life of illustrating the greatest sacrifice that would ever take place.

2. This was not only a test, but also the perfect doctrinal illustration of the Cross.

3. Just like our Lord Jesus Christ, Isaac was uniquely born. He is called “jachid,” uniquely born, not virgin born like our Lord, but uniquely born.

4. Isaac was to be a burnt offering; Jesus Christ was a burnt offering on the cross, He propitiated the justice of God the Father.

EPH 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

5. In the hands of Abraham were the instruments of judgment, the knife and the fire. God the Fathers instrument of Judgment was His divine essence or attributes.

In the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, our Lord screamed, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” PSA 22:1, MAT 27:46.

The Lord said, “I am an olah,” a worm. The olah worm was crushed in the vat, and the blood was used to make a dye for a kings robe.

God the Father did a wonderful thing for us; He blotted out the hill which was now in complete darkness where people could hear but they could not see.

The sacrifice of children was forbidden, LEV 18:21; 20:1-5.

King Ahaz was judged because in 730 BC he burned his children in idol sacrifice, 2CH 28:3.

King Mannaseh offered his children, 2 Kg 21:6, and he was disciplined by God.

The Northern Kingdom of Israel was judged for its human sacrifice, 2KI 17:17.

6. Under maximum pressure, Abraham is thinking clearly.

7. A type of what took place on that mount of sacrifice - a transaction between the Father and the Son ONLY.

8. Isaac carried the wood on his shoulder as he went up the mountain; the Lord carried the cross as He went to Golgotha.

9. GEN 22:6,8 “the two of them walked on together” - the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father were of one accord.

but where - we'ayyeh = an adverb of suspicion, animo poetic suspicion.

“Weayyeh hasseh le'olah” = “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

“Elohim [God] yir'eh-lo [will provide for Himself] hasseh [the lamb] le'olah [for a burnt offering] beni [my son].”

GEN 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. (KJV)

“God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”

Abraham never loses sight of the Giver, and that is why he is called a friend of God.

PRO 17:17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

JOH 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

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