A Sneak Preview of Coming Attractions
By James Merritt
1. I read once about a couple who had had their first little baby, and the father had been assigned the unenviable task all fathers have of eventually changing his first dirty diaper.
Well he dreaded it like the bubonic plague, but finally gritted his teeth and took off the diaper of his little baby, only to discover that it was only just a little bit dirty. Well, he breathed a huge sigh of relief and was kind of chuckling to himself when his wife walked into the room, immediately sized up what had happened, and said, ‘‘If I were you, I wouldn’t be too happy because that is just a sneak preview of coming attractions.’’
2. That is exactly what we have in this 22nd chapter of Genesis. Here we see one of the clearest pictures and prophesies of the Lord Jesus Christ found in all of the Old Testament. It is important to keep in mind as you read the Old Testament that all of the Bible is about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said on one occasion, ‘‘Search the scriptures for...these are they which testify of Me.’’ Of course, when he said those words he was speaking only of the Old Testament.
3. Again, Jesus said in John 8:56, ‘‘Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.’’ Abraham saw Jesus in the Old Testament, and I believe Jesus was referring to this very incident. Because Abraham got a firsthand lesson from the Master Teacher Himself about Christ, Calvary, and the cross. One commentator called this chapter ‘‘A dress rehearsal for Calvary.’’ Because we see here in picture and in type a clear portrait of what the Bible is truly all about; a Savior dying for the sins of the world.
I. A Startling Statement
1. Never in all of the Bible does God ever make a stronger or a stranger demand on one of his children than the one found in these first two verses: ‘‘Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ...
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