BIBLE: Genesis Chapter 22 – Headline “Of No Co-Incidence” []


Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Genesis 22

This is not an easy read. It is packed tightly with metaphors, comparisons, prophecies, hidden treasures of dates and events, symbolism, and the commentaries which sometime jump from one focus to another, as well as just reading the literal story. Each person can pick and choose those themes with which they wish to focus on. Perhaps even returning from time to time to dive a little deeper on a different theme.

Why is this a ten star chapter? Because the Passover IS the gospel. Isaac is all mankind who was redeemed by a replacement. The Passover is the death of Jesus as God’s sacrificial lamb. Isaac metaphorically rose from the dead when God stopped Abraham from offering his ONLY son of promise. Isaac was on the altar with the wood, but when God replaced his life with the Ram (a male sheep) Isaac literally rose from the altar even as Jesus rose from the dead.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1, 4
    Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

Therefore; the Passover is the foundation of everything God is in the process of doing with men from before the world was established:

  • Revelation 13:8b the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    His plan was set from creation. It was decided and it was done.

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The eternal nature of God knowing the past, present and future simultaneously.
  • The miracle of the three Passovers: Isaac, Exodus, and Jesus, and all their parallels.
  • The comparison of Passover with the seven year tribulation.
  • The family of Nahor and Jacob’s two wives.

Abraham’s Faith Confirmed

Genesis 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God (‘ĕlōhîm) tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
  • Reference: 1 Samuel 3:4 the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 1 Samuel 12:3-4 Here I am. Witness against me before the Lord and before His anointed … and they said, “You have not cheated us or oppressed us, nor have you taken anything from any man’s hand.” In this way Samuel is like Abraham and like Jesus.
Genesis 22:2 Then He (‘ĕlōhîm) 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.”
  • Abraham is a type of the Father God: Take your only son, whom you love, and sacrifice Him in the land of Moriah. (In Jesus’ time the temple likewise stood on Mount Moriah).
Genesis 22:3 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, and arose and went to the place of which God (‘ĕlōhîm) had told him.
Genesis 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 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.”
  • The third day prior is the day the Passover lamb is selected, on the 10th of Nissan for the Exodus and for Jesus.
  • Abraham believed God to the ultimate sacrifice, believing God would raise his son, Isaac from the dead because he said “We” will come back.
  • The place of this offering was Mt. Moriah: Jerusalem.
  • The altar Abraham made was the same location as the altar in the temple of Abraham’s future. (Solomon’s and Herod’s temple and prophetically, the third temple during the seven year tribulation)
  • It occurred exactly 430 years before the day the Jews left Egypt on Passover day. (See Timeline BC)
  • Exodus 12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day (Passover)—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
  • Therefore; one can surmise the sacrifice of Isaac occurred on the same day as the Passover. It also occurred at the same place that future generations will celebrate Passover: The same place and the same day as Passover, AND the same DAY of the week! (Continue reading)
Genesis 22:6 So 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. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
  • Matthew 26:42 Again, a second time, He (Jesus) went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Genesis 22:7 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?”
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God (‘ĕlōhîm) will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
  • @Prophecy Fulfillment Alert: John 1:29 (The Lamb of God promised) (Old Testament prophecy fulfilled by Jesus)
Genesis 22:9 Then they came to the place of which God (‘ĕlōhîm) 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. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
  • This event took place Nissan 14, 1876 BC. Isaac was 15 years of age. See “Timeline BC” scroll down to 1876 BC.
  • Abraham called Isaac “a lad”.
Genesis 22:11 But the Angel of the Lord (mal’āḵ Yᵊhōvâ) called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
  • The “Angel (Messenger) of the Lord” is known as Jesus before He (as the second person of the Godhead) came to earth in the flesh.
So he (Abraham) said, “Here I am.”
  • The Angel of the Lord is Jesus who preordained Himself (with a vow – oath) to be offered as a sacrifice by 31 AD.
    • 1 Peter 1:20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
    • Revelation 13:8b …the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    • Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice (song) of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation (Jesus’ name in Hebrew) is of the Lord.”
Genesis 22:12 And He (mal’āḵ Yᵊhōvâ) said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God (‘ĕlōhîm), since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
  • The “Angel of the Lord” is also “Me” whom Abraham did not withhold Isaac from.
  • Jesus is the one and only Son of God.
Genesis 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns.
  • The power of the ram is in its horns on the head. The ram is caught by its head.
  • Jesus is the Passover Lamb, a male, that takes away the sins of the world. Jesus was the Ram, as innocent as a lamb and as powerful as the ram.
  • Passover lambs were all spotless males.
  • Jesus was caught in a thicket of thorns that wrapped itself around His head as a crown of thorns.
Genesis 22:13 So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) it shall be provided.”
  • The name of the temple mount was named by Abraham “The Lord Will Provide (aka Jehovah-jireh:)”.
  • The name of the mount is Mount Moriah.
  • He still provides today.
Genesis 22:15 Then the Angel of the Lord (mal’āḵ Yᵊhōvâ) called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,
Genesis 22:16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
Because He could swear by none greater, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son
  • Abraham played the part of the Father God offering up His Son of Promise on the same day Jesus was destined to be killed in Abraham’s future.
    • Abraham left Beersheba on the same day the Passover lamb was to be selected according to the law after Abraham’s time.
    • Furthermore God told Abraham exactly where to do it: Mount Moriah (Jerusalem).
    • THIS is why Abraham is called the father of faith.
  • When Abraham woke and was given the command to take his one and only son of promise to Mt. Moriah and sacrifice him on the altar where God directs; I’m fairly sure he didn’t tell Sarah.
  • If Sarah had known, she would have done everything she could to stop him. Somehow, Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac and they would return together.
  • The moral of this story is: sometimes, when God is instructing you to do something that flies in the face of logic, don’t tell your Sarah. However; MAKE SURE it is God who is instructing you and not something evil.

Only God understood why this requested act had a sacred meaning.

  • Before Jerusalem was Jerusalem, before the Exodus and before the Messiah, Abraham and Isaac celebrated the first Passover on Passover day where the temple would someday be built by Solomon: Who can write a book like this?
 Abraham and Isaac1876 BCNissan 14Wednesday
 The Exodus1446 BCNissan 14Wednesday
 Jesus Crucified31 ADNissan 14Wednesday
  • Isaac was spared, but Jesus was not, although both were laid on wood.

Shown Below: The Jewish Calendar for 1876 BC (when Isaac was Offered): Month of Nissan. The first column is Sunday. The 14th is Passover falling on a Wednesday.

1876 BC Isaac Offered on a Wednesday

Shown Below: The Jewish Calendar for 1446 BC: (The Day of the Exodus) In the month of Nissan.
The first column is Sunday. The 14th was Passover, a Wednesday, the day they left Egypt, 430 years after Isaac was offered). See Timeline BC and scroll down to 1446 BC.

1446 BC The Exodus on a Wednesday

Shown Below: The Jewish Calendar for 31 AD: (When Jesus was Crucified and Resurrected) in the month of Nissan.
The first column is Sunday. Passover is shown on the 14th, a Wednesday.

What are the odds that all three Passovers would fall on the same day of the week over so many years?

Below: The Week of Passover during Jesus’ time: His Crucifixion and Resurrection during the Jewish Spring Feasts: Each feast day lines up exactly with foretold prophecies, which explains why God instructed the Jews to celebrate the following days: Jesus rode into Jerusalem when the Passover lamb was to be selected, Jesus taught in the temple and was examined by the rulers for spot or blemish in His teachings on the same days the selected Passover lamb was examined for spot or blemish, Jesus was crucified on the same day the Passover lamb was slaughtered, Jesus was buried for three days and three nights as Jesus prophesied as a sign of Jonah, Jesus was raised from the dead on First fruits, a harvest; a down payment of all who would be raised from the dead at God’s harvest of human souls. One final token: A Wave Offering on First Fruits, after Jesus rose from the dead the tombs of certain saints were opened. A Wave Offering is a bundle of wheat stalks which includes the first wheat stalk picked (Jesus). Together, Jesus with those saints, were the sheaf of the wave offering. All this during the Jewish Spring Feasts.

To conclude: This leaves one wondering, “What mysteries might the Jewish Autumn Feasts hold for future prophecies?” (The Autumn High Holy Days include the Rapture/Resurrections, the Seven Year Tribulation, and the Return of Jesus.)

A Side Note to ponder: Why did God use “weeks” instead of “years” in the Book of Daniel concerning “seventy weeks”? The last week is the future seven year tribulation (described as seven days or one week in Daniel). The coming Antichrist will break his covenant (peace treaty) with the Jews, he will enter the holy of holies in the coming third temple, and declare that he is “god” in the middle of the week. (Symbolically, a Wednesday)

A “mimic” Passover by a “mimic” messiah in God’s holy of holies where the ark of the covenant sits and where the authentic God dwells. This is the “abomination which causes desolation” as spoken of by the prophet Daniel.

Genesis 22:17 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.
  • Both Jews and Gentiles are the children of Faith. The stars of the heaven represent the Gentiles and the sand on the seashore – the Jews, who are destined to be serving as priests in Jesus’ earthly kingdom.
  • Sand, when it is tried by fire, becomes glass (crystal).
    • Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river (like the sea of people) of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
    • Crystal acts like a prism separating Light and throwing it out like a rainbow. (Jesus was the rainbow covenant enacted with Noah)
      • Ezekiel 1:28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
Genesis 22:18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
  • @Prophecy Fulfillment Alert: Gal 3:16 (As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations) (Old Testament prophecy fulfilled by Jesus)
Genesis 22:19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba (The oath at the well with Abimelech).

The Family of Nahor

Genesis 22:20 Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, “Indeed Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
Genesis 22:21 Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23 And Bethuel begot Rebekah (who became the wife of Isaac). These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.

Note: Laban is Rebekah’s brother who plays a critical role in Jacob’s two wives.
See Topic: Jacob’s Two Wives

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