Foundations in Genesis, Part 7

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” (Hebrews 11:17-19)

Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac 

Abraham and IsaacHagar and Ishmael (child of the flesh)

  1. Abraham’s and Sarah’s Impatience with God
    Gen 16:1-4a
  2. Family Strife: Commencement
    Gen 16:4b-16
  3. Ishmael: Son of the Covenant?
    Gen 17:9-14; Gen 17:23-27

Sarah and Isaac (child of the promise)

  1. The Miracle Child
    Gen 17:15-17; Gen 18:1-15; Gen 21:1-7
  2. Family Strife: Culmination
    Gen 21:8-14
  3. Isaac: Son of the Covenant
    Gen 17:17-22

God Sovereignly Administers the Covenant

  1. Abraham tries to help God fulfill the promise
    Gen 16:1-4a,15-16; Gen 17:18
  2. God chooses to fulfill the promise in His own way
    Gen 17:19-22; Gen 21:1-7
  3. The Symbolism of Ishmael and Isaac
    Gal 4:21-31

Abraham Tested on Mount Moriah

  1. The Ultimate Test
    Gen 21:33-22:19
  2. Types and Shadows
    • Isaac the son and his father Abraham || Jesus the son and his heavenly Father
    • Isaac bears the wood for his own sacrifice || Jesus bears the cross for his own sacrifice
    • Father Abraham carries the instruments of judgment || God the Father inflicts judgment
    • Mount Moriah || Hill of Golgotha (and may be the exact place)
    • God provides a male lamb (ram) for the sacrifice || Jesus is the Lamb of God
  3. The “Place” that Abraham “Sees” (Gen 22:14 || John 8:56)
    Gen 22; 2 Chr 3:1; John 8:56

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