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Transquotation: Genesis 22:1-6

27 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:1-6)

Transquotation:

God knew the plight of man, and so He sent His one and only son, whom He loved, down to earth. So He went down to Earth. And after thirty-three years on the Earth, wood was laid on His shoulders and He went up to the place which God had chosen to be a sacrifice for all Earth.

Explanation of the transquote:

Of course, pretty much anyone whose ever been in Sunday school has heard this story, but that doesn’t make it any less profound — Sometimes I’m amazed at just how clearly God paints the picture of His son in the Old Testament:

God sends His son to Earth; on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.

The cross is put on Jesus; And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.

Jesus was a sacrifice before God; and offer him there as a burnt offering

Jesus didn’t let His disciples ‘help’ Him when the Roman soldiers came for Him. He kept them out of it, or, in a manner, left them behind; Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey;

New Testament confirmation:

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

Context confirmation:

And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:7-8)

This supports the transquote by showing us this is indeed a shadow of Jesus’ actual death and Resurrection, meaning that all the details don’t fit perfectly into place. — Abraham was correct in saying, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering,” God provided a ram to take Isaac’s place in this passage: there was no lamb. The lamb was to come later; Jesus is that lamb.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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2 responses to “Transquotation: Genesis 22:1-6

  1. Mike

    December 27, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Joshua, this is a wonderful story and a wonderful message. Well done!

    You can notice that God did not actually provide a lamb to take the place of Isaac, but rather a ram. The Lamb was still to come.

    Thank you again for your ministry!

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      December 27, 2011 at 11:01 PM

      Ah, you’re right! At this point I’m so used to referring to lamb’s as being a sacrifice that I sometimes forget rams, doves, bulls and the rest where also used :). — I hadn’t thought about it in that way; God providing a ram to take Isaac’s place instead of a lamb, because the lamb was yet to come. I’ll correct the post.

      Thank you,

      Joshua

       

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