Isaac and Jesus

The story of Isaac in Genesis 21-22 is similar in some ways to the events of the life of Jesus.

Both births were promised in prophecy.

Both were long awaited births.

Both were named before birth (Genesis 17:19, Luke 1:31).

Both were born at an appointed time (Genesis 21:2, Galatians 4:4).

Both births were miraculous, though of a different nature (one to an old barren woman, One to a young virgin).

Both mothers thought this was beyond belief (Genesis 18:10-12, Luke 1:34).

Both young men were offered as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah.

Each father gave his only son (Genesis 22:2, John 3:16).

Both may have been in their early 30’s.

Both were a particular joy to, and were loved by, their fathers.

Both went obediently to be sacrificed.

Both carried the wood for the sacrifice.

A ram was offered as a substitute for Isaac.
Jesus, the Lamb of God was offered as a sacrifice for mankind.

Both were saved from death (one before, and One after).

Both arrived back “from the dead” after three days (Abraham’s was a three-day journey).

God spared Isaac, but did not spare His own Son (Romans 8:32).

The fathers sent servants to look for a bride:
Abraham sent his servant to get a bride (Rebecca) for Isaac.
The Father God sends evangelists to get a bride (the church) for Christ.

All nations will be blessed as the gospel goes to all (Genesis 22:18).

The servants’ primary purpose was to tell about the father’s house “My father is rich” (Genesis 24:35, John 14:2).

We are joint heirs with God’s Son, and Abraham’s children.

Most ideas are from Dr. J. Vernon McGee of Thru the Bible ttb.org. and compiled by Jane Weathers.