I'm studying Genesis 22 and looking for similarities between Isaac and Jesus. Can you help?


There are numerous contrasts between Isaac and Jesus given in Scripture. Here are a few of them:

Only begotten son ... love Gen. 22:2 John 3:16
Early in morning ... sacrifice Gen. 22:3 Mark 15:25
Offering Gen. 22:2 Heb. 10:10, 12
Donkey to sacrifice Gen. 22:3 Matt. 21:2-11
Three days Gen. 22:4 1 Cor. 15:4
Wood on son's back Gen. 22:6 Mark 15:24
God provides lamb Gen. 22:8 John 1:29
Offered upon wood Gen. 22:9 Luke 23:33
Thicket & thorns Gen. 22:13 John 19:2
Multiply seed Gen. 22:17 John 1:12
Bride for son Gen. 24:1-4 Rev. 21:9
Bride a virgin Gen. 24:16 2 Cor. 11:2
Gifts for bride Gen. 24:16 Eph. 2:8-9

While there are several more in Genesis, I'd be remiss not to mention Galatians 4. Paul associated Sarah, Isaac and the way of faith with the heavenly Jerusalem, so there are numerous contrasts in Galatians 4:21-31 as well:

son of slavery son of freedom
Birth: "according to the flesh" Birth: "through the promise"
Old Covenant New Covenant
Mount Sinai Mount Zion
Earthly Jerusalem Heavenly Jerusalem
Below Above
Unbelief Saving Faith

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).