Isaac, obedient son, even to death

What did Isaac and his father talk about on the way back down the mountain?

For that matter, what did they talk about on the way up?

The servants had been left at the bottom…

And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” Genesis 22: 5

What they spoke about on the way up depends upon what age Isaac was. In most depictions, Isaac is shown as a ‘young lad’.

As mentioned in the previous post, Josephus puts his age as in his twenties, and there are other schools of thought that, since he was a type of Christ, he would have been the age Christ was when He was sacrificed, thirty-three.

But then we have the term ‘lad’. “The lad and I will go…” and I guess that is one of the reasons why I used to believe the version that he was young. But is it not relative? Abraham was over one hundred years old… one hundred plus the age of Isaac, so any age could be classified as ‘lad’ to someone that old. (Interestingly, in my second Christian historical novel, Grow in Grace, the as yet unpublished follow-up to Hold the Faith, the Apostle John calls his fifty odd year old granddaughter ‘child’. John was in his nineties at the time.)

Another factor worth considering in working out the meaning of ‘the lad and I’…

Abraham had another son, Ishmael.

Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram. Gen 16: 16

Now Abraham was one hundred tears his son Isaac was born to him Gen 20: 5

That would work out as a thirteen or fourteen year difference in ages. Enough perhaps for Abraham to differentiate his two sons and call all Isaac ‘the lad’ as opposed to his older half-brother.

To follow the school of thought that Isaac was the same age as Christ when He was sacrificed, the conversation when climbing the mountain

The Father gave up His beloved Son…

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Abraham was willing…

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22: 3

Christ gave up His life willingly…

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father save Me from this hour?’ But for this purpose I came to this hour. John 12: 27 (Bolding mine.)

Isaac, went willingly up the mountain with his father.

Had Abraham reminded him again of God’s promise… that through him, Isaac, would his seed be called….

of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Heb 11: 18

Christ carried the means of His death…

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, John 19: 17

Isaac carried the means of his death…

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. Gen 22: 6

When they reached the place he was to be sacrificed, Isaac permitted himself to be bound and laid on the altar. He could have overpowered his father, decided to sacrifice him instead. But he did not. He submitted to his father… and to God.

Isaac was quite a man.

The story will continue next time…

Be at peace, and trust God,

Shalom

Susan

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