Moriah, Golgotha and the Garden Tomb

Appendix 5 + 6: Abraham’s Faith is our Example , Isaac as a Picture of Christ

Appendix 5 - Abraham’s faith is our example


(1) He proved he loved God by obeying Him (John 14:15,21, 24; 15:14). Love is measured by what we are prepared to give (John 3:16) 

(2) He surrendered his best to God - holding nothing back 
(Romans 12:1, Matthew 10:37-39).

(3) Abraham trusted the Lord to provide all his needs. 
He proved this by giving up Isaac believing God to restore him to him. (Hebrews 11:17-19; James 2:20-24)

(4) When we give our best to God his blessings are released to us. 
This story is where God reveals Himself as JEHOVAH YIREH (our PROVIDER) and thus in it gives the key to experiencing God’s supernatural ‘provision’- the manifestation of multiplied blessings (John 12:24-26; 14:21; Philippians 2:8-11). When we obediently lay a blessing down and give it to God, He multiples blessing back to us. Offering our first fruits to the Lord releases His blessing. If we put what we have (our ministry, body, life, money, things, plans) into the Lord’s hands He can multiply it (as Jesus showed in the Feeding of the 5000). 

This story is a great example of the principle of sowing and reaping. Isaac (the seed) alone was a limited blessing, but if Abraham clung to him the blessing wouldn’t have multiplied through time. Abraham sowed Isaac in faith and received a great harvest. He received back God’s Son and all the blessings in Him! Giving to the Lord reminds us that God is our Source and that we are trusting Him to provide. We accept that our life and our things come from God and belong to God. We don’t trust in what we have, but in God who gave it to us. We don’t primarily give to receive, but out of love for God, but obedient does open the doors for God to bless us. Likewise God sowed His best Seed (Christ) to die for us and in Him reaped a great harvest of believers who love Him!

Appendix 6: Isaac as a PICTURE of CHRIST.
 

ISAAC, the SON of his father Abraham is a TYPE of CHRIST, the SON of the Father God. Jesus is ‘the Greater than Isaac.’ As Abraham was willing to offer up his only son (seed), his beloved son, Isaac, as a Sacrifice on Mount Moriah, so the Father offered up Jesus, His only Son, His beloved Son, Jesus, as a Sacrifice on Mt.Moriah. In so doing their SEED was greatly multiplied and blessed.

*ISAAC and CHRIST are both the SEED OF ABRAHAM, through whom God’s promises to Abraham will be fulfilled. 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.” Isaac, who was born first, is the lesser seed, the type of Christ, who is the greater Seed, in and through Whom all of God’s promises will ultimately be fulfilled. 

*They both had a supernatural conception. Isaac was the son of promise, born through the working of the God’s Word and Spirit through the faith of Abraham and Sarah. His birth brought great joy. Likewise, Jesus was conceived through Word of God and the Power of the Holy-Spirit, working through Mary’s faith

*They were both was persecuted by their brothers. 

*They both inherited their father’s blessing. 

*They were both beloved of their father.

*Both were offered up by their father as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah. 

*Isaac went voluntarily with his father to to his death, carrying on his back the wood for the altar to the Peak of Mt.Moriah (just as Jesus carried His Cross). Twice it is emphasised that he walked together with his father to Mt.Moriah.


*Both laid down their lives in obedience to their father. Isaac submitted to the will of his father. He laid his life down, trusting in God to raise him from the dead. 

John 10:17,18: “My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

*Abraham received Isaac back from the dead after 3 days, since Abraham had set his son apart for death from the time God had first spoken to him. Hebrews 11:17-19: “By faith Abraham, when 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.” Likewise, in the fulfilment in Jesus, God received His Son back from death after 3 days. Both the Death and Resurrection of Isaac and of Jesus took place at the Peak of Mt. Moriah. Both were raised to a new life in God’s blessing. 

*Upon Isaac’s ‘resurrection’, God proclaimed (released) multiplied blessings upon Abraham’s seed, Isaac, and through him, to all who are IN ISAAC. This was ultimately fulfilled in Christ, the Seed of Abraham and Isaac. Upon His Resurrection, God gave Him every blessing, which He received on behalf of all who are IN HIM. 

*Isaac’s Betrothal and Wedding to Rebekah is the next recorded event in his life after his ‘death and resurrection.’ This is a Picture of Christ and the Church. The next event after Christ died and rose again, was sending of the Helper-Servant (the Holy-Spirit) by the Father to seek out a Bride for His Son. Those who accept the Gospel Invitation become betrothed to the Son as His Bride, and soon He will come for us and we will meet with Him in the Rapture and then be fully married, just as Rebekah was brought to Isaac to be united with him in marriage.

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