13: Genesis 22:16-18
365 Prophecies: Prophecy 13
God’s acceptance of Abraham and Isaac was based on their belief that salvation is obtained by trusting in the resurrected of an only son from the dead. Those who believe this are The Seed of Abraham and Isaac.
Old Testament Prediction:
Genesis 22:16-18 “…and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Hebrews 11:17-19 “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.”
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Jesus are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
In this 13th Old Testament prophecy that Jesus fulfilled, we see the long-term effects of Abraham’s faith and obedience in offering his son Isaac at Mount Moriah.
As Abraham went through the mental preparation of taking his only son to the mountain, constructing the altar, and raising the knife to take Isaac’s life, he did so with great faith. Abraham understood that God had already promised that through Isaac and his future descendants, He would make a great nation. Abraham believed that in order for the Lord to fulfill this promise, He would have to raise Isaac from the dead.
This experience that Abraham went through, was intended by God to be an example for us.
More than a thousand years later when Jesus was crucified, He was taken to the exact same place on this mountain that Abraham had brought Isaac for the sacrifice. The offering of an only son by Abraham was a picture for us, of how God would bring His only Son and offer Him as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. In order for the promise of God to be possible in both of these examples, a son would have to be resurrected from the dead. Although Abraham was prevented from taking his son’s life, God would not spare His only Son when He was offered for us on the cross.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…
Without this example in Genesis 22, we would have a much more difficult time understanding the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. By the living example of an actual father, bringing his only son to the altar, we can feel the pain and anguish that Abraham must have felt. We can understand the intense struggle that was going on in the mind of this old man, who loved his son more than anything else in the world. We see the obedience and love for God measured in the span of Abraham’s heart and how at all costs, that heart was determined to love God and obey Him.
Because of the example of Abraham and Isaac at this mountain of decision, we can understand to some small degree, how the Father felt when He allowed His only Son Jesus, to come and die for us. I think that Abraham was allowed this great privilege of bringing Isaac to the mountain, so that all of us could understand a little of God’s broken heart when He watched His son die.
In our look at this 13th Old Testament prophecy, we understand how this single act by Abraham and Isaac portrayed the complete work of Jesus as He went to the Cross for all of us.
As Abraham has completed the task of offering Isaac, he has now qualified all future descendants after him, to receive the blessings of obedience by faith. God stopped the plunging of Abraham’s knife into his son because Abraham had reached the place in his life where he would hold nothing back from God. It was the Lord who was the primary object of his trust. There was no other on the altar of Abraham’s heart, except the Lord, and for this finality of his faith, he was determined.
Do you realize today, that you have the opportunity to be saved and have all of your sins forgiven, because of a long list of men and women who have lived their lives trusting in the Lord’s Word?
God has been building a record of faithful men and women for six thousand years, who live by faith in God’s promises. Because Abraham was not willing to withhold his only son, in God blessing Abraham, we are also blessed. The future Seed of Abraham was Jesus Christ who exercised the ultimate obedience, by faith, to the Father, and offered up His life in exchange for all of us.
When you and I chose to believe what God said concerning His Son Jesus Christ, then we are lodged into the halls of faith with all those who have done likewise before us. All of the Old Testament prophecies have as their primary goal, to direct our attention to the fact that God was going to send His Son to die for our sins. If we are willing to believe this truth and take Him into our hearts, as we confess this belief, God will spare us the judgement for our sins and give us eternal life.