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Beginning With the End in Mind

So, I saw some things this morning in Genesis 22, that I knew were there… but never in the level of detail as I saw this morning.

It’s the story of Abraham taking Isaac up Mt. Moriah to sacrifice him.

1. It was God’s idea and at His initiation. “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16)

2. God instructs Abraham to sacrifice “your son, your only son, Isaac.” “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son… (John 3:16)

3. God reminds Abraham that Isaac is “the son whom you (Abraham) love.” “…a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love…” (Matthew 3:17)

4. God tells Abraham that the sacrifice was to take place on the mountain God would select… Mt. Moriah.

Our guide in Israel showed us how the site of Jesus’ crucifixion used to be the topographic high point of Mt. Moriah. “They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the Skull.)” (Mark 15:22)

5. It took Abraham, Isaac and the servants three days to get to Mt. Moriah. “…so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”(Matthew 12:40)

6. Abraham placed the wood for the sacrifice on Isaac and he (Isaac) carried the wood to the place he was to be sacrificed. “Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull.” (John 19:17)

7. Isaac was bound and laid “on top of the wood.” “The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead, whom you had killed by hanging Him on a tree.” (Acts 5:30)

8. Then God Himself provided a lamb, caught by its horns in a nearby thicket, to take Isaac’s place. “The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.'” (John 1:29)

Genesis 22:14 says, “And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'”

Every last detail of Genesis was a prophetic enactment of Jesus’ sacrifice for the sins of the world… on Mt. Moriah… over two thousand years before the actual drama unfolded.

God begins with the end in mind.

And if He pays that close attention to that level of detail, protecting the narrative and then being the Narrative for our salvation, how much can He be trusted to work out every last detail of our lives in order to fulfill His purposes in and through us!

Just wow!!!!