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Abraham Prefigures the Father’s Love for Son, Jesus 


God seems to have reserved the first instance in the Bible of the use word “love” to be the the turning point of salvation history when God describes Abraham’s relationship with his son Isaac, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love.”

Notice the following parallels found in Genesis.

Genesis 22:1-14
“After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2 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 upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off… 6 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. 7 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?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad 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.” 13 And 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. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord will provide.”

Just as the wood was placed on the back of the only son Isaac,
the wood of the cross was placed on Jesus’ back, who is the only Son of God.

The thicket (thorns) surrounded the horns, or the head of the ram (Genesis 22:13),
And likewise around Jesus head was a crown of thorns.

The love Abraham has for his only son prefigures the perfect and infinite love that God the Father has for his only Son, Jesus.


d. The Father's Love for the Son





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Genesis 22 takes place at Jeru-Salem.

2 Chronicles 3:1 reveals that Mount Moriah is in Jerusalem where Solomon builds his temple.

Genesis 22:14 NAB
“Abraham named the site Yahweh-yireh; hence people now say, “On the mountain the LORD will see.”

The New American Bible Notes :
Yahweh-yireh: a Hebrew expression meaning “the Lord will see”; the reference is to the words in Genesis 22:8, “God himself will see to it.”

Genesis 14:18
“Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words …”

Psalm 76:2
“His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.”

Hebrews 7:1-17
“This “Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,” “met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings” and “blessed him.”
2 And Abraham apportioned to him “a tenth of everything.” His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace. …
17 For it is testified:
“You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

The New American Bible Notes :
In Genesis 14, the Hebrew text does not state explicitly who gave tithes to whom. The author of Hebrews supplies Abraham as the subject, according to a contemporary interpretation of the passage. This supports the argument of the midrash and makes it possible to see in Melchizedek a type of Jesus. The messianic blessings of righteousness and peace are foreshadowed in the names “Melchizedek” and “Salem.”


Jesus bares the curse and redeems the world.

Genesis 3:17-18
“To the man he said: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat, “Cursed be the ground because of you! In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life.
18 Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you …”