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105: Abraham, Isaac and the Lamb of God

Abraham waited a lifetime for the birth of his beloved son of promise, Isaac!

Abraham loved Isaac with all his heart and Isaac returned that love, and they doted on each other and loved each other as only a father and beloved son can. This love between father and son became an allegory of the love between God the Father and his only begotten son.

The allegory deepens, as with their intense love, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his only beloved son of promise, in faithful obedience to God.

Isaac was willing to obey his father Abraham to the very death, even as Christ obeyed his Father to the death, as an example that we are to obey our heavenly Father and our Husband with the same intensity!

Isaac loved his father Abraham and Abraham loved God so passionately, and was so full of trust and faith, that he was willing to give up his beloved son; as God the Father would also give up his beloved son for humanity.

Now, God had promised that the whole world would be blessed by Abraham’s descendants through Isaac! And here Abraham was being called upon to kill the young childless Isaac! For Abraham this was a huge test of faith, and he fulfilled the works of faith, which are obedience.

Abraham believed the promises of God and was ready to obey God, having faith in God’s promises, even though he did not understand.

We all know that Abraham lived about five hundred years before the Egyptian Passover, so many might think there is no relationship between Abraham and the Passover; however there is much about Abraham that prefigures the Egyptian and later New Covenant Passover.

We find in Genesis 16 that Abram had desired a son all of his days and Sarai his wife was barren and was past the years of her hope of child bearing. Therefore Sarai out of deep love for her husband said to him; take my Egyptian servant that you might have a son.

I am not concerned here with the allegory between the slave and the free born son; but am covering a different allegory, so I will skip over Ishmael and Hager to continue with my subject.

This man Abraham had lived for ninety-nine years and longed for a son by his beloved Sarai, yet she was barren. All of Abraham’s hope was gone and yet the longing was still there.

Genesis 17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

17:22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

Genesis 17:24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17:25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

Melchezidek [who became Jesus Christ] returned to visit Abraham at a later time and repeated the promise:

Genesis 18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 18:13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

We see a man in Abraham, who longed for a son and was made to wait until all hope was past, so that he would know that the son was from God and not by his own and Sarah’s strength.

Then Isaac was born and weaned and the strife between Hagar and Sarah over their sons came to a head; and Hagar and Ishmael were driven out (Gen 21).

Now consider this man who had desired a son all of his life and then had his wife drive out his beloved Ishmael, his son by Hagar. Abraham loved Ishmael and was devastated at the loss of his son, and God tried to comfort him.

Genesis 21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

21:11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

21:13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Now Ishmael being driven out, Abraham and Isaac must have clung to each other desperately, deeply bonded together in total love and trust; just as God the Father, and God who became the Son, were totally bonded together as ONE in mind, spirit, nature, outlook and deeds.

Poor Abraham; who had lost his beloved son Ishmael in a cruel manner; was then commanded to kill his remaining son Isaac, the son of his old age by Sarah; the son of Promise.

This is NOT just a story! Can you imagine the agony of spirit of this man?

Yet he BELIEVED the promises of Christ that Isaac would be the father of many nations! Abraham did not understand; Yet he believed the promises of God and OBEYED God; being willing to give up his most prized and beloved promised son of his old age to obey God’s command!

Compare the faith and obedience of Abraham with that of most people [yes, even converted people] today, who will not even talk about the things of God or turn from their own pleasures on God’s Sabbath to study into God’s Word, and have NO zeal to live by every Word of God.

The scriptures do not even record an argument between Abraham and Christ over the matter: Abraham simply obeys; without doubt in agony of spirit, even as God the Father could not watch the death of his own Son for agony of spirit.

Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

Abraham prophesies of Christ the Lamb of God who would be sacrificed for humanity.

22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

22:11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

God knew Abraham was faithful, because Abraham translated his FAITH into ACTION, and OBEYED God!

Faith and an emotional false personal feel good love of God are NOT enough:

To be the children of Abraham in spirit, we must have enough faith and love; to take action and obey God in ALL things, as Abraham did!

Genesis 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Even so; the same oath of God the Father applies to all the spiritual heirs of Abraham who withhold NOTHING in their faith and obedience of love for God the Father and the Son!

Yet, those who do compromise with the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ, who lack the faith in his promises and his love, and will not obey him; shall be accursed from Christ and separated from God the Father by their sins.

You elders, leaders and brethren who would compromise with the Word of God and the teachings of Christ, are become accursed from Christ. For the grace of Christ is ONLY applied to those who love him enough and have enough faith TO KEEP HIS WORDS!

Those who call the Sabbath Holy and then pollute it; those who hate or envy their peers and brethren, taking them to law suits or holding grudges against them; those who reject the scriptures for their own ways and then call ourselves Godly: have lost the savour of ZEAL [salt] for godliness!

It is those who love God the Father, as Christ loved his Father. It is those who love Christ as the Father loves Christ, and who add to that faith the loving passionate action of willing obedience to live by EVERY WORD of God: who are the spiritual children of Abraham and are acceptable to God our Father and to Jesus Christ!

Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Behold the Lamb of God

 

 

 

Abraham and Isaac were an allegory of God the Father giving up his beloved son for humanity.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Now consider this: it is not just faith that saves; but the works of faith; for if Christ had not died for sin; there would be NO salvation from sin! Jesus Christ had to fulfil the deed to justify our faith in him that he would fulfil his atoning Passover sacrifice for sin.

In like manner Abraham proved his faith by his DEEDS! For he trusted God totally even to the point of being willing to give up the life of his most beloved long awaited son of promise.

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought [worked together with] with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

As Abraham gave up his believed son of promise out of love for and faith in God; God the Father gave up the most beloved Being he had even known! His own only begotten Son!

And why? Because BOTH God the Father and the Son loved us so much that they were willing to do this deed to save us, when we were still sinners and in rebellion against them.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Brethren, Passover commemorates the love of God; that the Father gave up his beloved Son for us; while our Husband gave up his life for his beloved bride.

Passover is a rededication of our espousal to the one who bought us, at the great cost of his life. It is a commitment to serve Christ and God the Father with ALL our strength, and with all the strength that we are given through the Holy Spirit.

God our Father and Jesus Christ our espoused Husband did not hold back in giving their all for us. WHY are we so lax and lukewarm in following them? Why are we zealous for our own ways and traditions and NOT zealous for the ways of our espoused Husband and Saviour?

Passover is about the love of God the Father and Jesus Christ for humanity.

If there is even a shadow of compromise in us about doing what we want instead of pleasing our Lord: WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF HIM AND WE ARE NOT WORTHY TO PARTAKE OF HIS PASSOVER.

Abraham trusted and believed the promises of God; and offered his beloved son of promise in faithful obedience to God! When Abraham gave up Isaac, then God provided a lamb in Isaac’s place; as a prophetic promise that the Father would later give up his only begotten son the true Lamb of God, for humanity.

This was a prophetic allegory that God the Father would keep his plan and promise to give up to sacrificial death, his only begotten Son, the very Lamb of God; for the sins of the world!

Imagine yourself being asked to give up the son of promise of your old age; imagine the faith and trust that Abraham had for God!

Now try and imagine God the Father giving up the friend that he had had for eternity, changing him into flesh and then allowing him to cruelly die for us. Then consider Jesus himself, giving up eternity and his power and glory, to be voluntarily made flesh and then to give his life for us, while we were yet sinners.

This year take the Passover with a deep appreciation of the love of God the Father and the love of the Son for us, and appreciate how much they have done for us. Commit yourself to accept their sacrifice and to go and sin NO more! 

Abraham and Isaac were an allegory of God the Father giving up his beloved son for humanity.

John 3:16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Now consider this:  it is not just faith  that saves; but the works of faith; for if Christ had not died for sin; there would be NO salvation from sin!  Jesus Christ had to fulfill the deed to justify our faith in him that he would fulfill his atoning Passover sacrifice for sin.

In like manner Abraham proved his faith by his DEEDS!  For he trusted God totally even to the point of being willing to give up the life of his most beloved long awaited son of promise.

As Abraham gave up his believed son of promise out of love for and faith in God; so God the Father gave up the most beloved being he had even known!  His own only begotten Son!

And why?  Because BOTH God the Father and the Son loved us so much that they were willing to do this deed to save us when we were still sinners and in rebellion against them.

Romans 5:8   But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Brethren, Passover commemorates the love of God; that God the Father gave up his beloved Son for us; while our espoused Husband gave up his life for his beloved bride.

Passover is a rededication of our espousal to the one who bought us, at the great cost of his own life.  It is a commitment to serve Christ and God the Father with ALL our strength, and with all the strength that we are given through the Holy Spirit.

God our Father and Jesus Christ our espoused Husband, did not hold back in giving their all for us.  WHY are we so lax and lukewarm in following them?  Why are we zealous for our own ways and traditions and NOT zealous for the ways of God our Father and our espoused Husband and Savior?

Passover is about the love of God the Father and Jesus Christ for humanity.

I repeat, if there is even a shadow of compromise in us about doing what we want instead of pleasing our Lord and living by EVERY WORD of GOD:  WE  ARE NOT WORTHY OF HIM AND WE ARE NOT WORHY TO PARTAKE OF HIS PASSOVER.

Abraham trusted and believed the promises of God; and offered his beloved son of promise in faithful obedience to God!  When Abraham gave up Isaac, then God provided a lamb in Isaac’s place; as a prophetic promise that God the Father would later give up his only begotten son, the true Lamb of God, for humanity.

This was a prophetic allegory that God the Father would keep his plan and promise, to give up to sacrificial death, his only begotten Son, the very Lamb of God; for the sins of the world!

Imagine yourself being asked to give up the son of promise of your old age; imagine the faith and trust that Abraham had for God!

Now try and imagine the Father giving up the friend that he had had for eternity, changing him into flesh and then allowing him to cruelly die for us.  Then consider Jesus himself, giving up eternity and his power and glory, to be voluntarily made flesh and then to give his life for us, while we were yet sinners.

This year take the Passover with a deep appreciation of the love of the Father and the Son for us, and appreciate how much they have done for us.  Commit yourself to accept their sacrifice and to go and sin NO more!

 

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