Theodoret, Bishop of Cry (Cyrrhus) 393-466AD,
commenting on Hebrews 11:19
Comparisons between the “offering up” of Isaac in sacrifice found in Genesis 22:1-18, know in Hebrew as the “akeidah” [the binding] and the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ:
- Isaac and Jesus were “only, beloved” sons of a righteous father; Ishmael had been sent away in Genesis 21:14 [Genesis 22:2].
- Both Isaac and Jesus are identified as the “son of Abraham” [see Genesis 21:3; 22:2; Matthew 1:1].
- Both were offered in sacrifice [Genesis 22:2; John 1:29; Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:33; John 11:5019:17-18].
- The sacrifice was offered in the land of Moriah – Jerusalem [Genesis 22:2; 2 Chronicles 3:1; Matthew 16:21-23].
- Both sons carried the wood for their own sacrifice [Genesis 22:6; John 19:17]
- Both were “bound” and placed on top of the wood [Genesis 22:9; John 19:18-19; Philippians 2:8].
- Both willingly allow themselves to be offered in sacrifice [Genesis 22:7-8; Colossians 2:6-8].
- Both sons were “resurrected” or “given back” the their fathers on the third day. Isaac was essentially “dead” to his grieving father when God commanded him to sacrifice his son. On the “third day” God provided another sacrifice and his son was restored. God’s son died on the Cross and was resurrected on the third day! [Genesis 22:4; Matthew 16:21; 17:23; 20; 19; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:22; 24:7, 44-47; Acts 10:40; 1 Corinthians 15:4].
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
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