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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Parallels between Jesus and Isaac

No one compares fully with Christ, by a long shot. But there are some similarities between Christ, born to Mary, and Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah:

The birth of both was prophesied. Although there were several prophecies about Christ's coming to earth in the Old Testament, and, of course, none about Isaac, since there don't seem to have been any prophets then, God spoke to both of the earthly fathers about the coming of the sons they would be responsible for. (He also spoke to Mary, and Sarah.)

The conception of both was miraculous. Sarah, was too old to have a child when Isaac was conceived. Mary couldn't conceive normally, because she was a virgin.

Both of them, as specially valued sons, were put in a position of being sacrificed, because of God's plan. Isaac was not sacrificed, but the Bible doesn't indicate that he struggled against Abraham's preparations to sacrifice him. Christ didn't want to go to the cross, but He prayed that God's will be done.

Isaac became an ancestor of all of the Jews, through his son Jacob, aka Israel. Christ became the founder of all of the believers who follow the New Testament.

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