Why did God call Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Why would he ask a loving parent to even consider such a thing? Is this story a kind of object lesson meant to show us how much we should be willing to give up for God, or is something else being revealed in this unsettling account? What if the focus of the narrative actually centers on that which God is promising to sacrifice for us in the fullness of time? Shane Rosenthal discusses the significance of this scene from Genesis 22 with Matt Foreman and Doug Van Dorn, co-authors of The Angel of the Lord: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Study.
In some ways, Genesis 22 can be seen as foreshadowing Christ’s death and resurrection. During his three day journey, Abraham expected a death sentence for his son Isaac, yet it was on the third day that the Angel of the Lord stepped in to spare Isaac’s life. According to Hebrews 11:19, on that day, figuratively speaking, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead. And the reason the Angel of the Lord could tell Abraham to put away his sword was that in the fullness of time, he would end up taking on flesh and offering himself on this same mountain as a sacrifice for sin.Matt Foreman
The Angel of the Lord
Authors: Matt Foreman & Doug Van Dorn
In the early books of the Old Testament, the mysterious “Angel of the Lord” repeatedly appears—visibly, audibly, even physically—to the Patriarchs, to Moses, to the Prophets. Who is this Angel? Exploring the biblical texts, the testimony of church history, and the insights of Systematic Theology, Matt Foreman and Doug Van Dorn argue that the answer is beyond doubt: the Angel of the Lord is a manifestation of God the Son. Even more, they argue that this Angel appears more often than people realize, because he appears under different titles, including: the Word, the Name, the Glory, the Face, the Right Hand, even the Son. They show that even some of the ancient Jews spoke of a Second Yahweh in the Old Testament. Christian theologians throughout history have taught this same understanding. Christians today need to be taught again how the Person of Jesus appears throughout the Bible and how he speaks to us today.
The Lamb of God
Author: Nancy Guthrie
Jesus’s declaration that Moses wrote of him frames this study of four books of the Pentateuch―Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy―as we discover the many ways that Moses spoke about Christ. Seasoned Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie shows that the Bible’s story from beginning to end is the story of the Lamb―the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.