Isaac as Jesus Christ (Part One):

Lamb of Moriah (Part One)
A Command Above The Law, A Story To Be Told
A Command Above Human Law, A Story To Be Told, PDI

It all started with a similitude of something extremely important to come: a mysterious work of sacrifice that God Himself would someday perform in the world. Abraham received a command from the Holy Creator unlike any other written in the Scriptures, and his faith and obedience- even while devastated and lacking comprehension of his Lord’s transcendent purpose- set the highest standard of devotion to God for all who would follow in his steps and learn to trust in the universal King.

And it came to pass after these things [Abraham’s covenant made with seven lambs for the well of Beersheba, pointing to Christ- the “Lamb of God”-  dying for people of the seven millenniums, with a covenant to receive waters from the wellspring of salvation], that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (Gen. 22:1-2) KJV; intrpl. mine
Lamb With Seven Eyes Of The Spirit For Searching the World For Seven Days
Lamb With the Seven Eyes of the Holy Spirit for Searching the World for Seven Days

Abraham’s heart must have skipped a beat at such an evil demand from his loving and just God- the same Elohim whom had repeatedly given him favor over the years with promises of eternal blessings through his lineage. Yet, as Abraham learned, and we shall see, God has purposes to perform that are oftentimes outside of our immediate comprehension. Evil was not the intention except to confess the evil that God would allow to come upon His own beloved Son, Yeshua haMashiach, for the salvation of those who are called and believe. Abraham sacrificing his only son on Mt. Moriah, or at least going through the motions of it, was a sign. Mt. Moriah is the hill of Jerusalem where King Solomon built the Temple of God for sacrifices; the story of Isaac foreshadows Christ’s sacrifice at the same location approximately two millenniums later.

We mortals grieve at injustices in our lives, for we look at the smaller pictures of God’s panoramic work, but in the Divine view even evil things serve a larger purpose of revealing love, grace, and glory. God had previously promised Abraham that his “Seed,” meaning Christ coming from Jews, would be a blessing for many nations, bringing them into the ancient faith, so it was necessary that God also orchestrate a prophetic similitude of this through his command of Abraham taking his only, beloved son to sacrifice him. And, God did not mistakenly say “thine only son,” although Ishmael was alive, for the Divine inheritance comes through the will of God rather than by the flesh.

Before further expounding upon Abraham’s sacrificial similitude for Christ, we should first consider our omniscient Almighty’s meticulous timing. In Holy Scriptures, we often find that God does not orchestrate His prophetic parallels in a vacuum, but the events that immediately precede His foreshadowing stories sometimes cast more light upon what God is about to demonstrate.
Abraham's Grandson Jacob Rolls A Stone Away To Water Sheep
Abraham’s Grandson Jacob Rolls A Stone Away To Water Sheep

So the child [promised son, Isaac] grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, who she had borne to Abraham, scoffing [laughing, mocking, ridiculing]. Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” (Gen. 21:8-10) NKJV; intrpl. mine

Abraham had recently cast out the bondwoman Hagar and her son Ishmael at the demand of Sarah, and God gave her insistence His blessing in disinheriting the unruly boy, with the blessings of the covenant given to his younger son, Isaac. For most Bible readers, this event seems cruel, that Sarah and God would command Abraham to send Ishmael away, but God can see what the future holds. Ishmael was a barbaric, violent child who would grow to mock and torment the family, specifically in resentment of the promise of God’s blessing through Isaac.

Indeed, Ishmael should never have been born, from a biblical perspective, but he came via a lapse in faith on Sarah’s part- her thinking that God would not bless her with a child in her old age. Likewise, many people find it cruel for Bible-believers to demand that unruly Muslims be cast out of Christian nations. They were invited in by progressive leaders to compensate for the low birth rates in Western nations. Nevertheless, their vision in also shortsighted, and they bring mockery on Christ and terrorism to their own national families. They have no faith in God, and so they’ve sought to socially engineer an alternative to ensure a larger workforce, to increase economic growth for their national houses.  

After this, and God miraculously providing water for Ishmael (Gen. 21:19), Scripture informs us that he matured into a man and prospered in the land of Paran. Then, the Text immediately proceeds to inform us of an argument between Abraham and the Philistine Abimelech involving the captain of Abimelech’s army, Phichol. Abraham and the Philistines (from which we have the name “Palestinians”) had sought to dwell peacefully together, yet some of Abimelech’s servants violently seized a crucial piece of property with a watering well that belonged to Abraham, unbeknownst to their master. Responding to this act of treachery, Abraham confronted Abimelech, and Abimelech pleaded his innocence via absence of knowledge and consent.

Thus, the two of them resolved the trying situation in accordance with the ancient custom of tribes people, which was to make a covenant with witnesses. Abraham sacrificed seven consecrated lambs as a testimony between himself and Abimelech that the well, which sustained his flock and likely his family’s survival, belonged to Abraham and his household. Likewise, the disinheritance of Ishmael was prophetic of the Palestinians and Muslims not having a part in Christ’s waters of the Word and the Household of Salvation. Only those who depend upon God for their water will be shown mercy. (NB: To this day Muslims claim their inheritance of the Holy Land through Ishmael rather than Isaac, for the false prophet Mohammad claimed his lineage through Ishmael.)

The well that Abraham, meaning father of nations, dug for his herds correlates to God the Father and the waters of salvation (the Word) given for His “sheep” His Household. The covenant that witnesses to this was cut in the blood of seven lambs of sacrifice. By the blood of the Lamb of God, given for seven millennial days, we are able to know who the true children of Abraham are, for his spiritual offspring confess it. And, we are able to determine who are outside of the covenant when they deny the blood, just as Muslims today deny that Christ was sacrificed on the cross; rather, they claim that the “son of perdition” (Judas Iscariot) was the one who was mistakenly crucified in Christ’s place (supposedly beaten beyond recognition).
Further, Muslims claim that it was not Isaac who was taken by Abraham to Mount Moriah for sacrifice; rather, they assert (without any ancient text) that it was Ishmael, the disinherited son. Many of them claim the near-sacrifife was in Mecca, at the Ka’aba. Accordingly, the Bible was corrupted to disinherit them, although these things were written over two millennia before Mohammad invented Islam. The only way Arabian people can be saved, just like the rest of us, is to acknowledge the covenant of Christ. Abimelech the Palestinian did so with Abraham, and all who confess the Truth can drink freely from the waters of salvation. But everyone who follows the lies and mockery of Islam/Ishmael will be cast out without inheritance. It is not a matter of Jews, Christians, or anyone being preferred in the flesh, rather the Truth matters to God.
Lamb Of God, PDI
Lamb Of God, PDI

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham…For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus [Yeshua HaMashiach]. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ [His sacrifice] have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then ye are Abraham’s seed, and heirs to the promise. (Gal. 3:7, 26-29) KJV; intrpl. mine

Also, the message of Ishmael’s disinheritance is a message to Jews who do not believe and mock the sacrifice of Christ: God can disinherit anyone as He so pleases, and He can raise children to Abraham from wherever and whomever He chooses. Still His Word will be accomplished. Still His prophecies will be fulfilled. The Word was not given as an irrevocable promise of inheritance of the flesh for all Israelites, rather it was given for those who follow in the faith and obedience of Abraham. Hence, Jews must have their hearts turned back to the faith of Abraham before Messiah returns.
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh [the outward covenant, without faith in God’s Word]; but he of the freewoman [Sarah] was by promise [covenant of faith]. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage [regulations to outward laws], which is Agar [Hagar]. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia [i.e., outside the Promised Land], and answereth [pertains to] Jerusalem which now is [1st cent. Jerusalem under curse, refusing the Son of God], and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above [to come to the world from God’s will] is free, which is the mother of us all…Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. (Gal. 4:22-31) KJV; intrpl. mine
scribe of warning
Scribe of WARNING

Paul, who was an Israelite, as were probably all the first apostles, was not saying that Jews who keep the Law will be disinherited, for he himself kept the biblical ordinances and statutes; what he was indicating is that the Law alone, and the fleshly inheritance alone, can only draw us near to the higher things of God.

Those who inherit the Kingdom with Messiah, the Kingdom coming from God, have faith in the Word and New Covenant given by God (see Jer. 33:21-34). The ordinances of the Law are dead if they are done in ignorance of what they actually profess, for they are shadows of the Substance we have in Christ. They confess Him, but if He whom they confess is denied and mocked, as was the promised son Isaac by Ishmael, the witnessing shadows are of no effect for the ones who carry them out; they cannot save. The works must be met by faith and understanding, and then it becomes a sacrifice acceptable to God. If we deny the sacrificial Lamb, as with the seven lambs of Abraham’s covenant, we cannot drink from the saving waters of Beersheba, meaning well of covenant/oath. Covenants cut both ways.

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”- Yeshua the Mashiach (Jn. 5:39) KJV
Jesus answered… “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (Jn. 4:13, 14) KJV
The Pesach (Passover) lambs were sacrificed before the annual seven-day moed (appointed time of holy days) of Hag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread) could begin (see Ex. 12:6, 18-20). And the Lamb of God was slain in the Lord’s spiritual blueprint before the world and seven millennial days since Adam began (see Rev. 13:8).  Before Moses could bring the children of Israel out of bondage from Egypt, the lambs had to be slain with their blood placed on the thresholds of their houses, to save them from the angel of death.
The covenant of Abraham for his well continues in this line of thought; the seven lambs had to be slain first as a seal for the elect. Leaven/yeast acts as agitated, prideful people when they exalt themselves in faulty doctrines and religious beliefs, who present themselves righteous while not humble before God, but those who are saved out of the Temple of Seven Days are the meek who will be cleansed in faith and inherit Earth, with all the prideful cast out. Hence, it is important to discern why God orchestrated the things that are written in the shadows to profess His only begotten Son, and how through meekness we receive of the covenant waters of salvation.
Moedim Paradigm in Straight Millennial Line Formation, IM
Moedim Paradigm in Straight Millennial Line Formation, IM

We often think of the appointed feasts, delivered by Moses from God, as the prime example of the faithful Israelites following the letter of the Word of God, but the truth is that the ordinances could not be fully kept in the wilderness, where they lived on manna for forty years, for they were centered upon harvests of the Promised Land, and it was only after Yehoshua (a.k.a. Yeshua, Jesus) led them in that they were able to fully keep them.

Only after entering the Promised Land did they have the substance of the harvest that they would present before God. Nor did the Israelites keep the covenant of circumcision in the wilderness (see Josh. 5:4-5), but Joshua had them fully keep it at the entrance of the awaited Promised Land- their promised kingdom to come. Likewise, the things we do now are not fully done according to the Law, for we are not able to perfectly keep them in the wilderness of the world, but when Messiah comes, the shadows will be fully performed at the Temple to witness to Him and the panoramic works of God that profess His means of salvation.

The mysteries of the Law and the stories written therein are the solid bedrock of the Word of Life, upon which the living waters of the New Covenant flows, but the bedrock cannot give satisfying drink to the thirsty soul. At most there are muddy and bitter waters left for shallow drinking if the river is forded away. The mysteries remain murky and obscure, and the rabbis grovel over things that they cannot fully comprehend. Thus, they say, “Until Elijah comes,” meaning that he will make things in which they disagree clear. Yet things cannot be made clear to them nor anyone who does not believe as long as they mock the sacrifice of Christ and refuse the Substance of God’s work, for they will remain spiritually blind, stumbling over the simple things that were written in the shadows of His story to profess Him.
(See Part 2 for the rest of the Story)

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