The Binding of Isaac – The Akedah

A story from the Bible wherein God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Mount Moriah. The account states that Abraham “bound Isaac, his son” before placing him on the altar.

This is a very special section of the bible, it is the first time the word “love” and “obey” is used. The “law of first-mention” is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture, which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture. This passage has a double meaning, one actually and one prophetic. We have a comparison a story about two fathers and two sons. Abraham and his son Isaac, and God and His Son Jesus.

Let’s look at an overview of this chapter, Genesis 22, we start out with God testing Abraham by telling Abraham to take his only son (from God’s point of view, Isaac was the son of a promise.) who you love and go to the land of Moriah, (a 3 day journey). Some believe that from a prophetic stand point that Abraham knew he was acting out prophecy since God had promised that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. Therefore when Abraham was told to offer Isaac up to God, (Isaac was a gift from God and now it was time to give him back.) Abraham knew that if Isaac died it would be up to God to bring him back from the dead to fulfill God’s promise to him.

Abraham took two of his young men (the number of witness) with him and Isaac split the wood and then started on a 3 day journey When they got to the base of Mount Moriah Abraham lifted his eyes and told the servants to wait there while he and his son Isaac went up to worship and then would return. Abraham then laid the wood on Isaac, (symbolic of Jesus caring His cross), took his knife and the fire and the two of them left together.

As they walked together Isaac turned to his father and asked where the lamb was for the burnt offering. Abraham answered and stated that the Lord would provide himself the lamb for an offering, so they went on together. When they got to the place that God had told him Abraham built an altar, laid the wood on it, bound Isaac and then laid him on the altar as well.

Think about this for a minute the mindset that was in play here. Your father has just told you the God will provide the burnt offering and when your father builds the altar he has you lay on it. Now from the language in the bible one might think that Isaac is a young lad and he just did what his father told him to do but in actuality Isaac was at least 32 years old and as in Luke 22:42 Isaac like Jesus has a mindset of “not my will, but yours, be done.” One could see here how they both obeyed their father.

Then Abraham stretched out his hand holding the knife to slay his son. (Do you have that much faith in God if you were in that situation?) But straight away the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham and said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son Isaac.

14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

15And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven

16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,

18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

 

It is believed that on the very spot where Abraham offered his son Isaac, 2,000 years later that God the Father offered His only Son Jesus. Mount Moriah is 777 ( seven is the number of completion) meters above sea level and this is significant when you study the way numbers are used through out the scriptures.

So Abraham returned to his young men and they went back to Beersheba. Why is Isaac not mentioned? As matter of fact Isaac doesn’t show back up in the scriptures until Genesis 24:62 Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi (otherwise know as the well of living water.) He was there to meet his bride Rebekah (who is a type of the Church). Who is bringing Rebekah? Abraham’s eldest servant Eliezer (and his name means comforter).

 

Abraham          –          The Patriarch acting as the Father

Isaac            –                The son acting as Jesus

Eliezer          –               The eldest servant acting as the comforter or the Holy  Spirit

Rebekah          –           The bride acting as the Church or the bride of Christ.

Jude Verses 22-25

  1. Who are some to have compassion on?
  2. What is the criteria for making a distinction?
  3. Could this be a form of witnessing?
  4. What is to save with fear?
  5. Here we see mercy used for the last time, where was the first time?
  6. Is this fire the unquenchable fire?
  7. If so, how would you pull someone out of the fire?
  8. What is hating even the garment defiles by flesh?
  9. How do you do it?
  10. How does He keep you from stumbling?
  11. Are you faultless?
  12. If not, how can He present you faultless?
  13. What comes to mind when you think about the presence of His glory?
  14. Who’s joy?
  15. Compare verse 25 to Heb 1:3?
  16. What does wise mean?
  17. What does God our Savior mean to you?
  18. Putting together verse 25 & 25 together how do you feel after reading them?
  19. Amen?

Jude Verses 20 and 21

  1. Here is the word “beloved” again. What is the difference between how Jude uses the word and how you would if you were to use it?
  2. What does “building yourselves up on your most holy faith” mean to you?
  3. Could this be called spiritual building”?
  4. Where else in the bible do you find ‘spiritual building?
  5. When you look at these two verses, what is the contrast to verse 19?
  6. Do you pray in the Holy Spirit?
  7. What does it mean to you?
  8. Do you have a choice when it comes to the ‘love of God’?
  9. If you are His, can you be out of the ‘love of God’?
  10. Should we look for mercy?
  11. If so, why?
  12. What does unto eternal life mean to you?
  13. Can God grant you mercy apart from Jesus Christ?

Unplanned Mission Trip

The day started just like any other, got up ate breakfast, packed the Suburban for a 3-nite stay in Kalispell MT. due to weather. In that 3-nite stay I would have two days of Kidney Dialysis and 1 day of rest, so that we could come home during daylight hours on Sunday.

After my 85 mile drive to Kalispell dialysis started out as normal as normal can be. I had been there for about 3 of my 4-hour treatment when I asked a nurse to come and evaluate me because I thought something might be wrong. I was right. They did my vitals and they were off the charts. Blood Pressure 225/113, Pulse 140. The doc was called and he administered some Nitroglycerin, in hope to get my heart to pop back into sinus rhythm from A- fib. No such luck!

After a bit I was transferred to the ER@ Kalispell Regional Medical Center. I wish I could say this was my first trip but it is not. Some of the staff even call me by my nickname Chappy even without looking at the charts. I was their guest from about 5 pm until midnight. In which time they administered more Nitro. When it was all said and done I had been given 6 rounds of Nitro and they had gotten my blood pressure done to 135 over 56 and my pulse rate back down to 70.

I was admitted to the hospital so they could monitor me and make sure that I did not go back into A-fib. By the time my heart doctor arrived in the morning the Lord had brought a few people into my life that needed to have some questions answered about God and Jesus. I was happy to obliged.

On the morning of the 12 of January 2018 I saw two doctors who could not figure out why I went into A-fib and then popped out. It was like a switch was turned on then off. I told them that the Lord needed to talk to someone and used me to do it. They didn’t argue, they just told me to go home because some of need might need the bed I was using.

In summation, those of use who are born again have learned that we need to be available when God calls. We never know when or why but just to be available.

Jude Verses 16 – 19

  1. The word murmurs is used as a noun here. Where else in the bible is it used like this?
  2. Where do you find examples of complainers in the bible?
  3. “Walking according to their own lusts” is found where else in the New Testament?
  4. What is the content of those passages?
  5. To you, what does “their mouth great swelling words” mean?
  6. What comes to your mind when you hear “flattering people to gain advantage”?
  7. Is this something you might have or might do?
  8. Why when specific words, are spoken by certain people that they carry more weight than when others do?
  9. When Jude talks about  “the beloved”, who is he referring to?
  10. Who else in the bible has been referred to as “beloved”?
  11. Did they or do they have special roles?
  12. Who are the mockers of today?
  13. What are the ungodly lusts?
  14. How does a ‘sensual person’ here relate to 1Corinthians 2: 14-15?
  15. What are the six things that differ a Christian from an Apostate?

Jude Verses 14 and 15

  1. What do we know about Enoch?
  2. Did Enoch prophesied through his son Methuselah?
  3. If so, how?
  4. What do Enoch and Elijah have in common?
  5. Can you compare Enoch and the flood to the Church and the end times?
  6. What is Enoch prophesying about in verse 14?
  7. Enoch’s prophecy  “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints” Explain?
  8. As we look at the first part of verse 14. What do we know for sure?
  9. What do we learn in verse 15?
  10. What is meant by “to execute judgment on all?
  11. Who is the “all”?
  12. Is there a way out?
  13. Can man stop the “judgment on all”?
  14. Can you find other verses in the bible that correlates with what are in these two verses?

Jude Verses 12 and 13

  1. Have you read any of any of the feasts in the bible where they would be “serving only themselves?
  2. Where else do you find spots used?
  3. What are spots? What are clouds without water?
  4. What are “late autumn trees without fruit”?
  5. What is twice dead?
  6. “Pulled up by the roots” means what?
  7. What causes raging waves of the sea?
  8. Why would those waves be foaming up their own shame?
  9. Can stars truly wander?
  10. What is “blackness of darkness”?
  11. Starting in verse 10 –13, what is Jude abiding to?

Jude Verse 11

  1. What is the “way of Cain”?
  2. Why is the word “woe” used here?
  3. Where else is the word “woe” used?
  4. Are the meanings the same?
  5. What is the error of Balaam?
  6. Why was it for profit?
  7. Can you compare Cain and Balaam?
  8. What was the rebellion of Korah?
  9. When was the rebellion of Korah?
  10. What does the “way of Cain”; “the error of Balaam”; and “the rebellion of Korah” have in common?

Jude Verses 9 and 10

  1. What do we know about Michael?
  2. What is an archangel?
  3. Why were Michael and Satan disputing over the body of Moses?
  4. What is Satan’s goal?
  5. Why did God bury Moses?
  6. Does Moses have a future role?
  7. Why did Michael “dare not bring a reviling accusation against the devil”?
  8. Who are “these”?
  9. Why do they “speak evil of what they do not know”?
  10. What do they no naturally?
  11. How do “they” corrupt themselves?

 

Jude Verse 8

  1. Who are the dreamers?
  2. Does defile the flesh have the same meaning now?
  3. Do people reject authority more today than in times past?
  4. What does the bible tell us about rejecting authority?
  5. In the end times, what happens with those in authority?
  6. Do you speak evil about dignitaries?
  7. Who is/are dignitaries?
  8. Who is the main accuser?
  9. Do we unintentionally work for Satan when we speak ill of/about God’s chosen vessels?