Good morning, Reader! I hope you are finding this series as interesting as I am. I love to learn anything about the Lord Jesus Christ. I especially love to read how Scriptures prophesied of His coming and how He fulfilled that promise! Today’s post is especially exciting 😀
Why do you think the Bible says that God will provide “himself” a lamb? God could have said “God will provide a lamb.” But He didn’t: He said “God will provide HIMSELF a lamb”! It’s no coincidence that these words were chosen in this manner here. Think about it! Later in Genesis 22:13, a ram was “caught” in a thicket for Abraham to use as the sacrifice. Two things are shown to us here:
- God provided the sacrifice (Abraham didn’t bring the lamb with him) (Genesis 22:7-8). Abraham did exactly what God asked him to do and Abraham trusted in God. After God saw Abraham’s faithfulness and obedience to Him, He made a way for Isaac to be saved and God provided the sacrifice for Abraham, as well as Isaac. Prophetically, the Word tells us that there would come a time where God would HIMSELF be that sacrifice.
- God would provide HIMSELF as a sacrifice, through Messiah Jesus Christ, for all sins, not just those of Israel. After Christ died on the cross and became the living sacrifice for our sins, the promise to Abraham would now be fulfilled! (See Genesis 17:4)
Just as God provided the lamb for Abraham, He provided HIMSELF as the Lamb of God for all mankind through Jesus Christ! Every word in the Scriptures is there for a reason. Verses point to another verse – the plan of redemption is foretold in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament; this is called the Red Thread of Redemption (which is a whole other study). When Jesus walked the earth, He did not have the New Testament; He quoted the Old Testament and preached from it.
The prophecy of Genesis 22:8 is fulfilled by the One and Only Saviour of mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! Do you know Him personally or do you only know of Him? I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!