An Old Testament Portrait of Jesus

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Genesis 22 tells the story of Abraham and Isaac, when God called a father to offer up his son as a sacrifice. This story foreshadows the Gospel, in which God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins.

“Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you’” (Genesis 22:2).

In Genesis 22, Isaac serves as an Old Testament portrait of Jesus Christ.

His birth was prophesied and preset, and he was conceived miraculously. His mother Sarah had him after she “passed the age of childbearing.” (Genesis 18:11)
Isaac’s name was divinely given and he was very loved by his father.
He was offered up as a sacrifice and raised from the dead, as Hebrews 11:19 says, in a figurative sense.
In the same way, Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin, specifically named by the Father, who loved Him. God sent Him as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, and He was raised from the dead.

There was a purpose for specific place, Mount Moriah, where Abraham was told to offer up Isaac. It speaks of the cross of Jesus Christ. As Isaac was led up a mountain to be sacrificed, Jesus also died on a hill called Calvary.

Abraham’s obedience served a solemn purpose: “Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood” (Genesis 22:9).

In this passage, sin’s power is illustrated through the binding cord, bleeding knife, and burning wood. This foretells how Jesus would suffer on the cross for our sake.

Just before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a ram to take Isaac’s place.

Likewise, God kept His sacred promise to us and provided a Lamb, His only Son Jesus Christ, to take our place and die for our sins.

Adrian Rogers says, “God provided for Abraham, because Abraham was willing to give back to God that which God had already provided to him.”

Apply it to your life
Do you believe in Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides? Keep your faith in Him, who willfully gave Jesus, and will not hold His love back.



when Abraham and Isaac in the old testament went up Mount Mariah so long ago for a very special offering. It was a foretaste of calvary. It was a dress rehearsal for Calvin. It was a picture, a prophecy and old testament portrait of the death, burial and resurrection of jesus christ. No one could without divine inspiration write a book like the bible For over 50 years. Pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers preached to audiences and touched lives all over the world with his unique brand of solid biblical teaching. His teaching has been described as profound truth stated so simply a five year old can understand it and yet it still touches the heart of a 50 year old. And you’ll hear that in these messages on the basics of the Christian faith. Have your bibles ready and join us for today’s message. Before we begin. Remember you can follow along with pastor Rogers outline and notes on today’s message at L WF dot org or the my L WF app. Now let’s join Adrian Rogers. Would you take God’s word And Find Genesis. Chapter 22. And those of you who have known and loved the bible for a long time. No, that were on sacred ground in genesis. Chapter 22. Now look up here after you found it and let me remind you of something That on at 11:30 AM. May the 29 1953 Sir. Edmund Hillary stood at the very top Of Mount Everest. He was the first man to ever climb that mountain and reached the top 29,000 and two ft he planted the british flag there no man could climb higher on this earth. Then Sir Edmund Hillary climbed when he climbed Mount Everest that day. Up sheer walls of ice, howling winds, deep crevasses, rock after rock, steep, torturous, dangerous, up and up and up. Sir Edmund Hillary went. But there’s another mountain spiritually more steep, spiritually more costly than Mount Everest. It is when Abraham and Isaac went together that climb Mount Moriah and we’re going to see that today because when Abraham and Isaac in the old testament went up Mount Mariah so long ago for a very special offering. It was a foretaste of calvary. It was a dress rehearsal for calvary. It was a picture, a prophecy and old testament. Portrait of the death, burial and resurrection of jesus christ. No one could without divine inspiration write a book like the bible and I hope today that you’ll be blessed as I am blessed as we look into this wonderful chapter. Because the bible says the Lord jesus said in john chapter eight and verse 56 that Abraham rejoiced to see my day and was glad Abraham saw jesus, He rejoiced to see my day and was glad and in Galatians chapter three verse eight we read that the gospel was preached to Abraham. Now Abraham lived centuries before jesus christ was born in the flesh upon this earth. The several things I want you to notice in this chapter. The very first thing is what I want to call a special person And that special person was Isaac Isaac The son of Abraham was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. And let me tell you how, first of all his birth was prophesying. Go back to Genesis chapter 18, if you will. And uh we haven’t read yet from Genesis 22, but just go to genesis 18 for just a moment. And let’s get a running start in genesis 18, beginning in verse nine. And the angel said unto him, where is Sarah, thy wife that is speaking to Abraham? And he said, behold in the tent and he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life and low Sarah, thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door which was behind him. Now, Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age and it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women that is Sarah had gone through the menopause, it was her womb was no longer productive and Abraham was uh presumably too old to have uh to father a child. And so when Sarah heard that she was going to be a mother, the bible says in verse 12. Therefore, Sarah laughed within herself, saying after, I am waxed old, shall I have pleasure! My Lord being old also. And the Lord said unto Abraham. Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear child, which I am old. Now here’s here’s the key to the whole thing. Look at it in verse 14. Is anything too hard for the Lord. By the way, I want to ask you that question is anything too hard for the Lord. Okay, is anything too hard for the Lord at the time, appointed underscore that at the time appointed, I will return unto thee according to the time of life. And Sarah shall have a son that is here is a birth that is prophesying. And it was a miracle birth. Isaac was born of a miracle just as the Lord, jesus was born of a miracle in his virgin birth. Let’s go back to our text now, beginning in verse one. And this is genesis genesis 22 verse one. And it came to pass after these things that God did tempt. That literally means, God did test Abraham and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, behold here I am, now watch this. And he said, take now thy son, thine only son whom thou love ist. Now, what does that remind you of? John 3 16. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Take now thine son. Uh thine only son, Isaac whom thou love ist 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. Here was this one conceived by a miracle uh counted as Abraham’s only son. And now God the father says Abraham, I want you to offer your son your only son as a burnt offering. Abraham saw his son raised from the dead. Now he did not see him literally raised from the dead, but he saw him figuratively raised from the dead. The bible go down to verse four and it says then on the third day, Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off that is he saw Mount Moriah, afar off Abraham and Isaac going to the place of sacrifice after three days, Abraham sees Mariah as it rears its head there on the horizon in the heart and mind of Abraham from the time that God told Abraham to put his son to death was three days Just as the Lord jesus christ was three days and three nights in the grave in the heart and mind of Abraham, Isaac was as good as dead for three days. You say pastor, I think you’re pushing the point here. No, I’m not putting your margin. Hebrews 11 in verse 19 the bible says that Abraham did this and I’m reading accounting that God was able to raise him up even from the dead from whence also he received him in a figure. Abraham said, God, if you want me to put my son to death, then you’re gonna have to raise him to life again And he did in a figure symbolically Abraham received. Isaac raised from the dead. Can you see how Isaac pictures Jesus say yes, how Isaac pictures, Jesus. He is the son of prophecy and promise his birth is a set time. His name is given before he is born. Uh He is conceived of a miracle. He is the the only beloved son he is offered up as a sacrifice. He is received from the dead. God has just put an old testament calvary here just to show us that calvary was not in accidental, that calvary been in the heart and mind of God for a uh for centuries centuries actually, before God created the universe is now the very first thing we’re talking about is a special person. His name is Isaac. Now, here’s the second thing I want you to see today. Not only a special person but a specific place. Look in genesis chapter 22 verse two again and he said, God is saying to Abraham, take now thy son, thine only son whom thou love us and get thee into the land of Moriah and offer him there underscore Maria underscore there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains underscore that which I will tell the other. He didn’t just say any place you go to a particular place and then if you will look down at verse four. Then on the third day, Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off what was this place, it was Mount Mariah. And by the way Mariah means for scene of the Lord. Now keep that in your mind. That’s what Mariah means for scene of the Lord here was a particular place in the heart and mind of God God said Abraham take your beloved son and offer him upon one of the mountains that I will show you what was so important about that. Do you know where Mariah is and was friend Mariah is calvary calvary. That’s where the temple was built on Maria. That’s where jesus died on Maria and God said, Now Abraham take your son the son of miracle birth. Your beloved son. The son that you love, the son that I named the son that I gave to you take that son and take him to the place. I’ll show you off and you sacrifice him. There there a special person, a specific place Does’t it remind you of Luke 23 verse 33 and when they were come to the place which is called calvary. There they crucified him. You see Mariah means for scene of the Lord, a special person, a specific place. A solemn purpose, A solemn purpose Verse two, God says to Abraham offer him, offer up your son now Abraham and Isaac startup. Mount Mariah. The others cannot go Abraham says to the others you stay here. The lad and I are going to worship God and I’ll tell you God the father and God, the son have gone places, you and I will never never know This picture is dark. Gethsemane as the Lord, Jesus went alone with the father. Can you imagine what must have gone through the heart and mind of Isaac? Can you imagine the suffering of Isaac? Isaac looked at his father and his father had a fire no matches in that day. So he had to carry a torch with him. He’s going to be a burnt offering. And Abraham. Abraham had a fire in one hand and in the other hand, Abraham had a knife and they’re going up Mount Mariah, Isaac doesn’t know what is about to transpire. He can tell there’s a there’s a troubled look on his father’s face and he says, Father, I see the fire, I see the knife. Where is the sacrifice? Look in verse seven and Isaac’s bacon. Abraham, his father and said, my father and he said, here am I my son. And he said, behold the fire in the wood. But where is the lamb for a burnt offering. And Abraham said, my son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. So they went both of them together. Isaac now is beginning to understand, he’s beginning to understand that he is going to be the sacrifice. Look in verse nine and when they came to the place which God had told him of 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. Uh Now don’t get the idea here that Isaac is a little baby boy. Isaac is a strapping teenage boy. Abraham, now is well over 100 years of age, Isaac could have outrun him, Isaac could have wrestled him to the ground and overpowered him. But Isaac allows himself to be bound as the Savior said in Gethsemane, not my will, but thine be done. You see, Isaac did not refuse to be a sacrifice. As jesus laid down his life, they said he saved others himself. He could not save concerning jesus. It was himself. He would not save. Now, Isaac goes up that hill carrying his cross as it were. Look if he was in verse six, Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son. Here is Isaac carrying as it were, the wood of his cross up calvary, he laid aside the gold of his glory. He took the wood of our wickedness and the wood of our weakness. Let this remind you of John chapter 19 verse 17 speaking of Jesus and he bearing his cross went forth into the place into a place called the place of a skull. Now listen notice the sacrifice, the suffering of the cross. Look if you will in verses nine and 10 and when they came to the place which God had told him of Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order and bound his son and laid him upon the wood and Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son. The cord speaks of the binding power of sin. The knife speaks of the bleeding power of sin. The wood speaks of the burning power of sin. It speaks of all that jesus would suffer on that cross. For us in the report tells foretells a time would God would lay his own dear son upon a cross and raised the knife of his fierce wrath against sin? You cannot imagine what it must have been like for Abraham at that moment. Don’t think so much about Isaac friend, thank God for Isaac. But thank for a little bit also about Abraham to sacrifice his own son. Now, here’s the here’s the fourth thing I want you to see. I’ve talked to you about a a special person. I’ve talked to you about a specific place. I’ve talked to you about a a solemn purpose, a sacrifice. Now here’s a sacred promise. I want you to see Abraham is about to plunge that knife into the beating breast of his own dear son. And now look in verses 11 through 14 and the angel of the Lord called unto him out of Heaven. Here’s the scene. Abraham is ready to make the sacrifice And the Angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven and said, Abraham. Abraham and he said, here am I and he said, lay not thine hand upon the lad. Neither do thou anything unto him. For now I know that thou fierce God seeing thou hast not withheld thy son thine only son from me. 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. And Abraham called the name of that place, Jehovah, Gira, as this said to this day in the mount of the Lord, it shall be seen that knife did not fall upon Isaac because one day it would fall upon jesus. Here the scene shifts no longer is Isaac a picture of the savior, but now God dramatically shifts the scene and Isaac becomes a picture of Adrian and of bob and the view he’s there, he’s destined to receive the knife. But there’s a, there’s a change. God says, Isaac get up. There is a substitute for you. There is a sacrifice that’s going to take your place and Abraham looks up and there is a ram caught in a thicket in thorns by his head, his horns are caught in a thicket, Do you know what that was? It was a lamb crown with thorns, that’s what it was a lamb crown with thorns and God says take that, Take that one and sacrifice him instead of Isaac and Isaac is up and a substitute is down. What a picture of calvary. What a picture of what the Lord, jesus christ did for me and for you. And look at the sacred promise. Here’s the sacred promise. Look at it now in verse 14 and Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Gyro as it is seen as it is said into this day in the mount of the Lord. It shall be seen what shall be seen calvary. That’s the promise in the mount of the Lord in this same place. God will provide himself a land. Hm four scene of the lord, yep will be seen. Now you can understand the bible and it says that Abraham saw my day and was glad. Now you can understand what the bible means when it says that the gospel was preached under Abraham, do you think Abraham was glad that day when Isaac got up and that RAM got down. Of course he did. Let me tell you something folks. Do you know why God provided for Abraham because Abraham was willing to give back to God that which God had already provided to him. Who was it that gave Abraham Isaac was almighty God, how could Abraham trust Isaac back to God because God had given him Isaac to begin with. Now folks, listen to your pastor. Anything God has given you, you can trust him with. Now if God hadn’t given it to you don’t need it anyway. Anything God has given you, you can trust him with. So take everything you have and hold it this way and say Lord it it’s yours. A father took his son to Mcdonald’s. They were having father son fellowship and the son bought a large pack of fries and the father and son sat down there and the father reached out to get a french fry to eat and the boy put his hand on his father’s hand, he said dad, those are mine. That father said something flew all over me, he said to himself, my son has a bad attitude. And then he said what he doesn’t realize is that I bought those fries. And what else he doesn’t realize is that I could take them all from him if I wanted to. And what else he doesn’t realize is I’ve got enough money in my pocket. I could bury him with french fries. And if I wanted to I could go get my own french fries and he said, God spoke to me, he said all that stuff you think is yours. I gave it to you and I could take it from you if I wanted to and I could bury you in more blessings if I wanted to and I don’t need your french fries. I want to have some fellowship with you friend. It wasn’t it wasn’t Isaac that God wanted. It was Abraham, that’s what God was after. A man who could love him and trust him. God says I love you so much. I am not going to spare my son. He that spared not his own son. How should we not freely with him? Also give us all things. Now folks, it’s time we loved and trusted our father more cal calvary, bloody calvary or to kill any selfishness in us and fill our hearts with praise. Did you bow your heads in prayer, heads about and eyes are closed. If you’re not saved. Let me tell you that jesus died for you and the fierce knife of God’s wrath was plunged into the bosom of jesus that it might not fall upon you. God allowed the Lord jesus to be crowned with thorns that you might be crowned with grace and forgiveness. Would you receive him right now, would you pray a prayer like this? Lord jesus, thank you for dying for me. Thank you Lord! That I was able to get off that altar and that Lord, you took my place and now Lord, by faith, I receive you into my heart as my Lord and savior, forgive my sin cleanse me. Save me. Lord jesus in your name. I pray Amen. May I have another moment of your time if you prayed and asked jesus christ to come into your heart. Would you write to us? Let us rejoice with you and we’ll send you some literature to help you to get started in your christian life and may God bless you as you go on for jesus christ. We hope that today’s message has been an encouragement to you as we explore these fundamentals of the christian faith with Adrian Rogers, you can stream this message again and download Pastor Rogers outlines and notes on this message all at L WF dot org or the my L WF app while you’re there, be sure to check out our new bible studies on these same topics as well as Pastor Rogers audio series. Back to the basics. 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