From Moriah To Calvary

Genesis Chapter 22

 

Intro At 11:30 A.M. May 29,1953 Sir Edmund Hillary achieved fame. He hoisted the British flag atop Mount Everest and became the first human being ever to climb to the top of the world.

 

A)It was the climax to many long months of planning. The right men had to

††††† be chosen to help, the proper equipment bought.

1) Long hours bad to be spent in training. There had to be rehearsals in Nepal and a period of acclimatization to the height and cold.

 

B) Then Came the buildup, the stockpiling of supplies and the initial climbs.

†††† Not till then were the climbers ready for the final assault.

 

C) Heavily burdened they clawed their way upward through the cold. Every step was fraught with danger and discouragement '

1) Disaster and death lurked in every crevasse, But They kept on,

††† forcing their way toward the summit

 

D) in places they hacked their way up sheer walls of icedefying fatigue, raging elements, Lack Of oxygen, and bitter cold ,

1) Time and strength were both running out when at last, a few more whacks and the summit was gained.

 

E) Sir Edmund and his partner stood where no man before had ever stood 29,002 feet above the level of the sea.

1) No man on earth will ever Climb higher than that.

 

 

But In Genesis 22 another mountain rears its head‑not Everest, but Moriah. Two men can be seen forcing their way to the top.

A) The way was far steeper than Everest and the road tougher, costlier, harder.

B) When at last Abraham and Isaac stood together on its brow they stood

upon a spiritual plateau, higher than ever reached by man before.

 

C) Mount Moriah represented the highest possible pinnacle of surrender for one and the highest possible Pinnacle of sacrifice for the other.

1) Few men have ever climbed so high.

 

D) Indeed, there is only one. peak higher than Mount Moriah in all of Scripture, and that is MountCalvary !

 

 

The Passage before us tonight is one of the most powerful - most important -most significant in all of N.T. possibly scripture

A) Along w/ Psalm 22 & Sa. 53 it stands as a picture of the death of our Lord

 

B) The Message of Mt. Moriah is really the Message of the Messiah - it is a picture of Jesus at Calvary

 

C) Moriah means foreseen of God or a foreshadow of things to come/ foreshadow of our Lords death .

 

V.1,2A 22:1Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abe and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."

 

Now notice what God says here - Take your only son - Wait what about Ishmael ?

A) Ishmael was the work of the flesh God doesnít recognize our efforts in the flesh ! ( review story - )

 

B) God doesnít recognize the efforts our flesh / told in 1 Cor. 3:12 that our works are going to be tried by fire & whatever is done in the flesh

1) Wood Hay & straw is going to be burned

C) So God didnít recognize Ishmael as Abeís son & so He told Abe to take his only son Isaac up to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice him to the Lord

 

 

It is helpful to realize that about twenty years have elapsed between chapters 21 and 22.

A) We last saw Abraham in a tent by the well of Beersheba in the wilderness with his son Isaac.

 

B) There he built an altar and worshipped and called on the name of the

everlasting, unchangeable God.

††††††††† 1) 20 yrs have elapsed & Isaac is now close to 30 yrs of age

 

C) For twenty years Isaac has been the delight of his parents' hearts. Filled their lives w/blessing and happiness,

1) True to his name, he has brought laughter into their tent;

 

D) the whole family life centers around this dear boy as he grows up to

young manhood.

1) Suddenly like a thunderbolt from the sky comes this word from God.

††† Iím sure that Abraham couldhardly believe his ears:

 

E) As God says, "Now take your son Isaac, your only son whom you love, and go to Mount Moriah and offer him up on that mountain."

 

 

Now You can imagine what a blow this was in Abraham's life.

A) It is specifically called a test.

 

B) That means it was meant by God to determine if Abraham's confidencewas in his son Isaac, or in God who gave him his son.

1) This wasa test of Abraham's real heart love. In other words, will Abraham obey the first commandment, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind"?

C) But This is also a test of how far this man has advanced in the life of faith

†††† and in the strength of the Spirit.

 

 

But The test did not come out of the blue.

A) Note v. 1 "it came to pass after these things." What things?

 

B) all the things that had gone before, climaxing in the casting outof Hagar and Ishmael.

1) Again and again Abraham had been challenged to surrender.

 

C) First it was his father, now it was his son, In between, it had been the well‑watered plains of Jordan,

1) then the gifts of Sodom's king, then Ishmael.

 

D) And with each surrender he was learning how to scale the heights, gaining experience on the foothills, tackling the lower glaciers, preparing for the ultimate challenge.

 

E) " then, God said†† ďAbraham,, "now tackle Moriah."

 

Note that is how God works in our lives as well - each Victory brings on a new Challenge because God desires to grow us up

A) Committed to doing that work of conforming us into the image of his own dear son.

 

Now Genesis 22 is a great picture for us of what Calvary meant to God the Father

A) We turn to Psalm 69, Isaiah 53, and Psalm 22 to see what Calvary meant to the Son.

 

B) But it is Genesis 22 that shows us what Calvary meant to the Father.

C) And All that Moriah meant to Abraham in terms of agony & heartache & pain; multiply that 10,000 fold to understand, what Calvary meant to God.

 

3So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

 

Now notice that when morning comes, Abraham's obedience is prompt and complete.

A) Though his heart is torn, yet he obeys God. He has passed the test. I am tremendously impressed at the obedience of this man Abraham.

 

B) We are so inclined to excuse ourselves from hard things and to rationalize our way out of difficult situations,

1)relieving thepressure and avoiding certain unpleasant situations.

 

C) We always want the easy way out of things - but if we are going to truly grow in the Lord we need to obey - challenge

4Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.

5And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."

 

How did Abe Do this ? Where did this stricken father find the strength to carry through this fearsome task?

How did he nerve himself to do it? The answer is found there in one brief phrase in verse 5, And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."

 

Heb. 11: 17-19 sheds some light on this subject - 17By 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,"

19concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead,

A) See Abe had come to that point of believing in the promise of God so much so that he believed if God indeed had him go through w/ this that God would somehow raise Isaac from the dead .

 

B) Interesting that Abraham believed in resurrection.

1) Abraham had never had, as we have today, the experience or the record of anyone having risen from the dead.

 

C) He knew nothing of Easter, nor of Lazarus, nor the miracles in the Gospel accounts.

1) Yet so firm is his faith in the character of God that he comes to a

††††† realization of the resurrection.

 

D) That is where he found the peace to follow God's command.

 

C) In the struggles of that night, he began to reason and to reckon on God.

D) He must have thought something like this: " Now God has given me promises and I have lived with God long enough to know that when God gives a promise, he carries it through.

 

God has said that in my son, Isaac, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Isaac is necessary to the fulfillment of the promise. It can't be any other; he has said this boy is the one who is going to be the fulfillment of the promise.

 

Well, then, if God has asked me now to offer him up as a sacrifice, there is only one explanation. God intends to raise him from the dead."

 

Stedman

ďAbraham risked everything he owned and loved upon the character of God and found him to be a God of resurrection.Ē

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† V.6-12

6So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

8And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together.

9Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.

10And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."

12And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

 

NOW IN THIS STORY WE SEE MANY PARRELLS TO CHRIST

1) V.2 Only Son whom you Love !

A) Jesus is the only son - My Beloved son Ö. Well pleased

 

2) Abe Set Isaac apart for sacrifice V. 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering,

†††††††

A) 1 Pet. 1:19,20 the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 was foreordained before the foundation of the world,

 

3) There two men who accompanied the Father & Son to the MT.

A) Speaks to us of the 2 thieves who were crucified along side of Jesus

 

4) Isaac carried the wood - that he would be laid upon

A) Jesus carried the cross that He would be laid upon

 

5) Isaac was a willing sacrifice ! Consider he was around 30 & Abe was over 100 he could have put Abe on the Altar - but he didnít

A) Jesus was a willing sacrifice !

 

John 10 : 15 I lay down My life for the sheep.

17"Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.18"No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."

 

6) Abe carried the fire - fire = judgment

 

A) Here, as everywhere in Scripture, "fire" symbolizedDivine judgment. It expresses the energy of Divine Holiness which ever burns against sin.

 

B) It is the perfection of the Divine nature which cannot tolerate that which is, evil.

1) This was first manifested by the flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life (Gen. 3: 24).

 

C) And it will be finally seenin the Lake which burnswith fire and brimstone.

1) But here it pointed forward to that awful storm of Divine judgment which burst upon the head of the Sin‑Bearer as He hung upon the Cross,

 

D) for there it was that sin, our sin, that , was being dealt with.

1) Just as Isaac's father took in his hand the fire and the knife, (Is.

††† 53:4).so the beloved Son was "smitten of God, and afflicted"

 

 

Now as they ventured up that hill - Isaac spoke to his father saying "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

 

What must that agonizing question from the lips of Isaac w done to Abeís Heart ?

A) Can we not feel what Abraham felt? Can we not enter into the anguish that rent his soul?

 

B) Can we not understand how much be shrank from the deed ahead?

1) Can we not see how heavy his feet were as be dragged them toward the brow of the hill?

 

C) Can we not bear the inward groan as he sobbed in his soul‑††

 

Consider also Godís heart

A) What did the bloodlike sweat , the anguished tears in Gethsemane mean to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?

 

B) Can we not feel what God the Father felt in dark Gethsemane? "My

father "Here am I My Son." "Behold, the cup.

 

C) If it be possible letthis cup pass from me; nevertheless not my will but thine be done."

1) Theonly answer the Father could give was to point on to the cross.

†††† No lambcould be found for His Son.

 

D) So "They went togetherOut from the stillness of the garden They went into the arms of the mob on to the mock trials before the priests, Herod & Pilate

 

E) on to the spitting, the scourging, the scorn; on out into the morning sun, the Lord Jesus staggering beneath the weight of the wood

1) and the even greater weight of this world's sin as His Father watched;

†† then on up the hill, -Both of Them together.

 

God saw His Son led like a lamb to the slaughter, laid out upon the wood, and the spikes driven borne.

A) God watched the whole dark, dreadful business on Golgotha's hill.

 

B) ThereGod Himself had taken the great knife of His own fierce wrath against sin, wrath we deserved

 

C) That was the work of the cross, the work enacted in type by Abraham on that lonely mountain in the land of Moriah

1) and enacted in fact at the place called Calvary.

 

D) So Isaac asked where is the Lamb & Abe was ready w/ an answer God will provide Himself a lamb

 

 

It was a word of Prophecy for 2000 yrs later on that same Mt. God would provide Himself a Lamb - THE LAMB

 

13Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

14And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided."

15Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,

16and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son;

17"blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

18"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

 

Notice that Here Abe gets another new revelation of God . When? At the time of the greatest trial in His life

A) Guys when do we grow the most w/ the Lord ?

B) In the times of trial times of severe testing - it is therethat we get new revelation

1) It is there that we learn that His grace really is sufficient that His power is made perfect inn our times of weakness

 

C) Abraham could depend on the promise and provision of the Lord. He had already experienced the resurrection power of God in his own body

1) so he knew that God could raise Isaac from the dead if that was His

††† plan.

 

Note a few things here

A) Where does the Lord provide our needs? In the place of His assignment.

 

B) Abraham was at the right place, so God could meet his needs.

1) We have no right to expect the provision of God if we are not in the will of God.

 

When does God meet our needs?

A) Just when we have the need and not a minute before.

 

B) When you bring your requests to the throne of grace, God answers with mercy and grace ďin time of needĒ (Heb. 4:16).

1) Sometimes it looks like God waits until the last minute to send help,

but that is only from our human point of view. God is never late.

 

To whom does God give His provision?

A) To those who trust Him and obey His instructions.

 

20Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, "Indeed Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:

A) Now the Chapter ends - w/ a list of names of 8 kids who were born to Abeís brotherNahor

 

B) It would seem like sort of a anticlimactic end to such a radical chapter - in which The death of our Lord is foreshadowed

 

C) But notice the first part of v.23 ††And Bethuel begot Rebekah.

 

D) here we see the significance of this section it is put here to introduce Rebekah who would become Issacís bride

 

E) Significant - that the Church was born after - Calvary - it is the first fruit of Calvary & here we have record of the Birth of Issacís bride Rebekah

 

F) God is so cool in how He sets things up