Genesis 22:9-14

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The Ram as Substitute Sacrifice

Genesis 22:9-14

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Lesson Number 48

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The sacrifice of Isaac is a type of the death of Christ.
  2. The receiving back of Isaac is a type of the resurrection of Christ.

Practical Application

  1. Have you come to know God as Jehovah-jireh?


  1. List and explain three ways by which the Bible teaches truth.
  2. How is the sacrifice of Isaac a type of the death of Christ?
  3. Who is the angel of the Lord in Genesis 22:11?
  4. How is the receiving back of Isaac a type of the resurrection of Christ?
  5. What does the name Jehovah-jireh mean?


  1. By precept (command, as in Luke 10:27), by principle (God will test our faith as He tested Abraham’s faith), and by picture (a spiritual picture or type given in an Old Testament person, place or event which illustrates a New Testament truth).
  2. Abraham pictures God the Father. As Abraham loved his son Isaac, God loved His Son the Lord Jesus. Abraham shared his thoughts with his beloved son, the promised heir into whose hand all was given as they walked with the wood to the place of sacrifice. Abraham did not spare his son; God did not spare His own Son. Isaac went willingly to the place of sacrifice. The Lord Jesus went willingly to Calvary.
  3. It is the Lord Himself, the preincarnate Son of God in the Old Testament.
  4. See Hebrews 11:17-19.
  5. Jehovah-jireh means God will provide. Jehovah is the name by which God reveals Himself to His people as the Lord who cares and keeps His covenants with them. Jireh means that He will see to it, or provide for His people.


  1. Review doctrinal point #1, comparing Abraham and Isaac with God the Father and God the Son. How much does the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus mean to you?
  2. Do you know God as Jehovah-jireh? In what ways?


  1. How far would you (do you) go in trusting God for your needs (physically, emotionally, financially, whatever)?

Key Verses

  • “I know you fear God.” Genesis 22:11
  • “Abraham lifted his eyes and looked and saw a ram...he offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.” Genesis 22:13
  • “Abraham called the name of the place, ‘The-Lord-Will-Provide.” Genesis 22:14

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