When we read about events that transpired in the Old Testament, it is important to study the New Testament in order to gain deeper insight. Abraham (the father of many nations) had faith in God and was considered righteous. He became a friend of the Lord and was able to speak boldly to Him. Genesis 22 makes the connection of Abraham to Jesus through the events that took place when YHWH commanded his friend to sacrifice Isaac (Abraham’s only son born of his wife Sarah). Isaac carried the wood needed for the burnt offering to Mount Moriah. (The future site of God’s Holy Temple built by King Solomon). The sacrifice of Isaac was not only an opportunity to test Abraham but to show him what the ALMIGHTY was going to do in order to attain salvation for all people.(cf: John 3:16). What we learn from Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in John Chapter 8 shows the connection that Abraham had to the Savior.
” Your forefather Abraham was extremely happy at the hope and prospect of seeing My Day; and he did see it and was delighted.” (John 8:56 Amplified Bible).
It was Abraham’s longing to see the salvation of God and he patiently endured the years. The events on Mount Moriah was the culmination of that Blessed Hope. The seeds were planted previously during a Divine Appointment of two righteous kings. Abraham returned from a campaign to rescue his nephew, Lot. Melchizedek, the king of Salem and high priest of YHWH, met him and brought bread and wine. God’s high priest blessed Abraham, then blessed the Creator Himself. When Melchizedek glorified God for delivering the enemies into the hands of Abraham, the father of nations responded by giving the priest a tenth of all he had. (Genesis 14:17-20).
A covenant was formed that day and the bread and wine were the offerings. They represented God’s plan of Salvation and the perfect sacrifice presented by Melchizedek. Jesus fulfills this covenant with His proclamation at the Passover meal. He states that the bread is His body broken and the wine is the Blood of the New Covenant, poured out for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus thus followed in the holy order of Melchizidek and the “God Appointed” meeting the Lord set up for Abraham brought the hope and longing he had for the Savior. EJ