2004-01-24 - Identified through Isaac
The Jesus' the Carpenter - His Address Series, Part 4
We are continuing our search together for the address of Jesus the Carpenter known as the Christ.
We last found in this series, that God was going to use Abraham's offspring to bless all nations, and we determined that this blessing was going to ultimately be through Jesus Christ.
Now Abraham had two sons - Isaac and Ishmael. God narrows the identifying address of Jesus down by eliminating fifty percent of the family line of Abraham when God chose Isaac to be the line that the promised blessing of Jesus Christ would be identified through.
The Prophecy: Genesis 21:12 (Time Period 1898 B.C.) And God said unto Abraham. Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bond-woman. In all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice, ffor in Isaac shall thy seed be.
The Fulfillment: Hebrews 11:17-19 - (Time Period 64 A.D.)
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called, accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead: from whence also he received him in a figure.
This begins to give us a picture of things to come. Abraham didn't want to have to sacrifice his only begotten son, Isaac. But he was obedient to God, and was going to do what God requested of him, no matter how he felt in his own heart and mind about this, and the fact that God said that the promise was going to come through Isaac. Abraham must have believed that if Abraham was going to have to actually sacrifice Isaac, that God would raise him from the dead.
There is a glimpse of this understanding in Genesis 22:5 5
Genesis 22:5 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."
Abraham told the young men that he and Isaac would "go and worship and then return again to you " He didn't say "we will go and worship, and I will worship you." Therefore Abraham must have been willing to be obedient, because though not knowing how it would happen, he believed that if Isaac did die, that God would resurrect him from the dead.
The ram in the thicket, provided by God, is a picture of Christ taking our place on the cross - and receiving in him the punishment for our sin that separates us from a personal relationship with God.
We will continue with another prophecy next time, as we continue to identify the address of Jesus the Carpenter
God Bless you my friends.