Why I believe the Bible is true
Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac
This is another pinnacle of history, that when allegorized negates the Gospel.
Genesis 22:2 Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you.’
5He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’
8Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.
14So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’
18and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.’
Certainly, Paul regarded this as the history of his own heritage and foundational to the Gospel.
Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ 19Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
This story presents the promise of the resurrection. Abraham truly believed he would return with his son when he instructed his servants in verse 5.
The theme of this story is God will provide the lamb. 2,000 years later, God provided of himself, Jesus, to be sacrificed on those same mountains. All those sacrifices throughout the Bible point to this one sacrifice.
Hebrews 10:3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
I believe Ezekiel's_Temple will be built on an unspecified mountain after the current temple mount is split in two with Jesus’ return. During Jesus’ millennial reign, sacrifices will be performed here in memorial of Jesus’ work. Likewise, the sacrifices of the old testament are a prophetic memorial to Jesus’ work.