Isaac & The Messiah
This morning during our Bible teaching we discussed the ways that the biblical account of Isaac points to the fulfillment of the Messiah.
- The birth of both was a promise from God.
- The birth of Isaac was delayed to his parents and the birth of Jesus was delayed to his religious leaders.
- Both mothers were assured by divine angelic messengers that their birth will happen.
- Both were only sons.
- The birth of both occurred according to God’s appointed time.
- The birth of both were miraculous.
- The birth of both were marked by joy.
- The birth of both were described in the context of being loved by their fathers.
- Both offered themselves as a sacrifice willingly.
- Both were in their 30’s at the time of their sacrifice.
- Both carried wood up the hill of their sacrifice.
- Both were sacrificed on the same hill.
- Both were delivered from death on the third day.
In Isaac’s case, the ram in the thicket may indicate adulthood, thorns on its head, and two horns possibly pointing to the duel kingship of the sacrifice – earthly King and heavenly King.
Jewish tradition, as expressed in the Talmud, says that Sarah died of shock after Abraham and Isaac returned. Apparently because Sarah was so shocked that Abraham nearly killed their only child.
In Genesis 22:14 we read that our God is Jehovah-Jirah, meaning He is the Lord our Provider: “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day,” In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”
I mentioned this morning that there are several compound names of God through the Old Testament, but there are eight prominent ones, including Jehovah-Jirah.
Here are the other seven compound names…
In Exodus 15:26 we read that our God is Jehovah-Rophe, meaning He is the Lord our Healer: “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that health thee.”
In Exodus 17:15 we read that our God is Jehovah-Nissi, meaning He is the Lord our Banner: “And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi.”
The ‘banner’ spoken of here can be understood in terms of our Stars & Strips. When our American troops go into battle they go against the enemy under the authority of the United States of America. The flag is the banner under which a single soldier goes forth with the full backing of all the resources, protection, and support of the USA.
In Leviticus 20:8 we read that our God is Jehovah-M’kaddesh, meaning He is the Lord our Sancifier: “And ye shall keep my statues, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you.”
In Judges 6:24 we read that our God is Jehovah-Shalom, meaning He is the Lord our Peace: “Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.”
In Psalms 23:1 we read that our God is Jehovah-Rohi, meaning He is the Lord our Shepherd: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
In Jeremiah 23:6 we read that our God is Jehovah-Tisdkenu, meaning He is the Lord our Righteousness: “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.”
In Ezekiel 48:35 we read that our God is Jehovah-Shammah, meaning He is the Lord our Present God: “and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.“