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Abraham comes down the mountain, but where is Isaac?


I have come to the conclusion that every word, every letter, and every detail of the entire Old and New Testaments are there by deliberate design. Discovering that for yourself is the greatest adventure you will ever have. So, I thought this would be a good opportunity to highlight something from my trip to Israel that my Mom was fortunate enough to come on as well. I was deployed to Egypt as part of the Multinational Forces and Observers at the time, and we got a week R&R to take a Holy Land tour. The picture above is my Mom and myself on top of the Mount of Olives with the Temple Mount in the background. Here’s one of the most interesting details about that place and the Akedah. 

Isaac is born and God tells Abraham to sacrifice him. In Abraham’s mind when God said it, Isaac was already dead. He took the three day journey to Moriah to sacrifice Isaac on a hill (dead for 3 days?). When Isaac notices that there is no offering for the sacrifice, he asks his dad and Abraham says “God himself will provide the lamb.” That was a play on words. It turns out 2,000 years later, God did literally offer himself on that exact hill which sits at 777 meters above sea level.

The reason God told Abraham to do it even though God knew that He would is so that it would be a model, or a type and shadow, of the greatest event in history: the sacrificing of His own Son 2,000 later.

But, if we dig a little deeper, I think there’s something even more remarkable in the text, something that everyone generally glosses over because it is sort of a denouement to the high drama of the story.

Verse 19 of Genesis 22 reads: “Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.”

Okay. No big deal. But sometimes what is not there is just as important as what is there.

Where is Isaac?

Now, I take for granted that Isaac went back with his dad and the servants, but that isn’t what the text says. Isaac is specifically edited out of the text.

We don’t see him mentioned again until Genesis 24:62 where he gets his Gentile Bride via the works of his unnamed servant…

John 16:13 says, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself;”

Abraham is a type of God the Father.

The unnamed servant is a type of Holy Spirit that introduces the son to his Gentile bride.

Rebecca is a type of Gentile bride as well as literally a Gentile bride…

Issac is a type of God the Son who would be sacrificed in our place, who then gets edited out of the text (Jesus ascended into heaven) until he sees his Gentile bride…

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