“8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.”
“13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Exodus 12:5 NKJV
“5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.”
Isaiah 53:7 NKJV
“7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.”
John 1:29 NKJV
“29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV
“18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Continuing with Genesis 22 when God provided a ram as a sacrifice for Abraham in place of Isaac. I spoke previously about the symbolism in Genesis 22 that connects to Romans 6:23, Matthew 27:29, and John 3:16. In that article I referenced that Jesus was referred to as a lamb more than once in Scripture. So in this article I will talk about how Genesis 22 connects to four more verses in Scripture.
First we have to establish what was considered an acceptable sacrifice to God. We see in Exodus 12:5 that one of the requirements for a sacrifice to be acceptable to God is that it had to be without blemish. This is why God had to send Jesus because anything less than perfection would not work. This also backs up my point in my previous article that God’s intention was never for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Isaac was imperfect and therefore would not have been acceptable. So God had to provide a perfect sacrifice. Remember Genesis 22 connects to a lot of Scripture in the Bible both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
In Genesis 22:13-14 it says Abraham called the place “The Lord will provide.” Which is future tense not past tense. You would think that Abraham would have called the place “The Lord provided”, “The Lord provides.”, or “The Lord has provided.” given that God provided him a ram but he didn’t. Abraham called the place “The Lord will provide.” The fact that this is future tense shows us that God’s provision was coming. Meaning that one day God would provide by sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins taking our place and bearing our punishment. Exodus 12:5 describes that the sacrifice must be without blemish and male. Jesus being the Son of God made him both. In the previous article I mentioned that Jesus is referred to as a lamb multiple times in Scripture and we see this in Isaiah 53:7 which says “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter.” it also says “as a sheep before its shearers is silent”. In John 1:29 and in 1 Peter 1:18-19 as well as Revelation 13:8 Jesus is referred to as a lamb.
In my previous article I spoke about the ram God provided to Abraham to take the place of his son Isaac and how the ram was symbolic that God was going to send Jesus. I wrote this article more so to back up the last one to show that Scripture all interconnects as well as to point out some of the symbolism. So we see that Genesis 22 connects to: Romans 6:23, Matthew 27:29, John 3:16, Exodus 12:5, Isaiah 53:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19, and Revelation 13:8.