The spiritual substance in Abram’s Sarah’s and Isaac’s lives enriches the lives of those who read about them; these are lives of faith and fear of God; lives that have shaped the world in which they lived and the world they knew not.
Sarah was Abram’s niece; she was the sister of Lot and Milcah. Their father Haran died on the fire that was supposed to have killed Abram also. Isaac married his mother’s grand-niece, Rebekah, when he was forty years old, a few years after the death of his mother. The Bible tells us that after Isaac had married Rebekah, he was finally comforted after his mother’s death.
Abram was never idolatrous, but one who loved God and sought to follow Him, from the time he was only three years old. His zeal for God shown when he broke all his father’s gods and warned people of their idolatry, parallels that of YAHSHUA, when He cleaned out the temple of all that did not belong there, as the Bible registers: and YAHSHUA entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those who sold pigeons, and He said, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers (Matt.21:13).
His birth parallels that of YAHSHUA when the wise men saw a great star coming from the east on the night when he was born and they linked to Abram for what was understood about him and his descendants to become great, by killing kings and conquering their lands. He was sought to be killed not long after he was born. He was taken to hiding in a cave for ten years. When YAHSHUA was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from east came to Jerusalem, asking, Where is He Who has been born Kin of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east at its rising and have come to worship Him. When Herod heard this, he was disturbed and troubled and the whole of Jerusalem with him. Herod tried to kill all the male children who were two years old and under in hopes to kill YAHSHUA, Who was two years old. But an angel of the Lord appeared in Joseph’s dream and said, Get up! Take unto you the young Child and His mother and flee to Egypt; remain there till I tell you, for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him (Matt. 2: 1-3,13). Three times Satan tried to stop Abram from sacrificing his son as God commanded; Peter tried to stop YAHSHUA from going to the cross two times and on the third time he denied Him.
Isaac’s perfect submission displayed in surrendering his body to his father to be sacrificed, points out to YAHSHUA’S surrender to His Father when agonizing in Gethsemane: Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet, not My will, but Yours be done; (Luke 22:42), and when He said, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but instead You have made ready a body for Me…Behold, Here I am coming to do Your will, O God what is written of Me in the volume of the Book (Heb. 10:6-7). Isaac’s willingness to die in order to obey God’s command, is noting worthy. In tears, he surrendered his life; in joy he said, Father, do the will of God in me, here I am.
What was happening in that mountain in that day, was of great significance for the world. Had Abram believed Satan’s strategies, he would not have had the honor of being the one from whose descendants YAHSHUA would have come. You see, when Abram obeyed God, he signed the agreement of the covenant God was presenting him: In blessing, the Lord said, I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed will possess the gate of His enemies; and in your Seed (YAHSHUA) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice (Gen. 22:17-18). Isaac, by his obedience, went far into the future when God’s Son would come there and fulfill God’s plan of salvation for the world. In Isaac, God expressed the future redemption which was to come through His Son, YAHSHUA. Praise God, it was done for you and for me. That mountain is the most blessed mountain, from where the blood of salvation flows to the entire world, even today. God’s Son own blood will never lose its power to save.
Abram’s, Sarah’s and Isaac’s names are registered in the list of heroes and heroines of the faith. Their names will live forever in the pages of the Bible- the Word of God. They were well deserving of such honor and God was pleased to make it happen. Faith is a beautiful thing we must embrace; yours and my faith can change the world today as theirs did.
Reference: Ancient Book of Jasher