As II Corinthians 3:7-18 proves, the best interpreter of Old Testament texts is the New. Hebrews 11:17-19 describes Abraham’s greatest faith. He knew he and his boy would return. He knew for certain that after he killed his son God would resurrect him! At a time when no resurrection of the dead had occurred he had that faith.
And why was that faith so important? Because it forecast Christ’s own resurrection. In this event, then, Abraham served as a type of God the Father and Isaac as a type of Christ the Son. Abraham knew that if God let him sacrifice Isaac, he would raise him from the dead. Just as God let Jesus be sacrificed, to provide forgiveness of sin for all, because God knew that no possible way existed for Jesus to stay dead. As Peter preached on Pentecost, “...God raised him from the dead...because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” 2:24.
Abraham’s willingness to kill Isaac as a sacrifice to God dramatized the death of Jesus 2000 years before it happened. So that 2000 plus years later, and as long as history lasts, those forgiven by Jesus can continue celebrating his return from the grave.
And yet...uninformed people foolishly say the “Bible isn’t relevant.” Though this event 4000 years ago still relates to the 21st century AD with colossal truths that translate into our Christian lives. End Part II
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