Jesus in the Torah: Genesis (Abraham’s Test)

As we make our way through Genesis connecting this scroll to Christ, we come to a story about Abraham. When we think of Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac to God, we might think about how such a bizarre story ended up in the Bible. Why would God ask Abraham to do such a horrible thing? Abraham was going to go through with it until an angel stopped him. This story might make a little more sense when we connect it to Jesus and that’s what we’re going to discuss today. 

First we’re going to list the similarities between this story in Genesis and the story of Christ. 

“Son” “Whom you love” (Genesis 22:2) – God said this of Jesus (Mark 1:11)

“Sacrifice as a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:2)- Jesus was sacrificed

“Wood for burnt offering” (Genesis 22:3)- Jesus dies on a cross

“Where is the lamb?” “God will provide” (Genesis 22:7-8) – Jesus was our sacrificial lamb (John 1:29). 

Although we might see this story as a test of Abraham’s faith, it is no doubt pointing to a future time when there will be a son, a sacrificial lamb, that will be sacrificed. Jesus was God’s Son, who was the lamb of God as described by John. This Jesus was sacrificed as described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” Jesus died for our sins and became the fulfillment of the attempted sacrifice of Abraham’s son, Isaac.

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