Joe’s Podcast Episode #034

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Abraham and Isaac

Gen. 22:1-14

Abraham had peace with God, because of the faith he had already in what God had told him.

Isaac had never had an encounter with God yet!  He did not have peace with His maker. Abraham’s peace with God was not enough for Isaac.

1. Why did God command Abraham to kill Isaac?
This was a test for Abraham.
This was not Abraham’s first test.

2. Isaac was condemned to die for three days, and he did not even know it.

3. Abraham had faith that he and his son would come back from the mountain.
Genesis 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.

Heb 11:17-19
17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

4. Isaac had to carry his burden of wood to the top of the mountain.
Genesis 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.”

We all carry that same burden of sin.

Psalms 38:4
“For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.”

The wood that Isaac carried represents the sin that Christ carried for us.

Isaiah 53:6
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

5. Abraham had faith that God was going to provide himself a lamb.

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

Isaac asked the question,  “Where is the lamb?”

6. Isaac laid down his life with no fight.
Isaac allowed himself to be bound.

WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE BOUND IN SIN.

•    Ask someone if they could get out of being bound.

•    Isaac had to choose to believe his Dad.

•    Abraham had told the boys that Isaac and he would both come back down the mountain.

•    Isaac had to trust God and His promises to get His peace with God.

•    Abraham could have reminded Isaac what God had done in the past.

o    God told him to leave his home land, and that he was going to give him a big amount of land.
o    God told him and his wife that they were going to have a son in their old age.  Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 100.
o    God told them that through their child Isaac God’s promise would be fulfilled.

8. The knife was God’s judgment.
Genesis 22:10
“And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”
We are all doomed to pay for our own sins!  One day we will stand before a Holy God to be judged!

Deuteronomy 32:35
To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

9. God gave a replacement so that Isaac did not have to die.
Genesis 22:11-13
11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12And 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.
13And 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.

God has also given a replacement so that we do not have to die for our own sins.

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

10. If we are going to be saved from our death, we must have a replacement because of our sin.

There has to be death because of our sin!!!!
Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death;…”

We can say that someone committed a murder, and the judge said he had to die.

Then, someone that did nothing wrong came to die for the murderer so that the murderer could go free.

Ask the question, “Could another murderer have died for the first murderer?”

The answer is no!!!!

The other murderer has to die for his own crime.

That is the problem: we are all sinners and have to die for our crimes.

We need a perfect person without sin to die for us.

That is the only way out.

We have to have a replacement.

I Peter 3:18
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

11. The Promise
Gen.  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.

•    The Jebusites came and made a town there on the Mountain Jehovahjireh.
•    King David conquered that town and called it the City of David- “Jerusalem.”
•    Jerusalem is also the same place that Solomon built the temple.
•    There are three mounts or hills on the Mountain Jehovahjireh

  • o    Mount  of Olives
  • o    Temple Mount
  • o    Mount Calvary.

The same place that Christ was crucified was the place where Isaac was to be crucified also.

Be sure to emphasize the main point which is the replacement of the ram for Isaac!