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.