Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 29 – God’s Substitute
Genesis 22:8

In our last study, we learned that the wages of sin is death.  This death is an eternal separation from God in Hell.  Since every person is a sinner, every person is sentenced to death in Hell. 

But, we also learned that the gift of God is eternal life.  So, how can man have eternal life in Heaven if he is sentenced to eternal death in Hell? 

The answer is, God made a way to fix man’s sin problem so that He could bring man into a right relationship with Him.  God’s solution is pictured for us in Genesis 22.

This is a true story of how God made a way to give life to one who was sentenced to die. 

Abraham was 75 years old and did not have a child.  Then God promised Abraham that one day he would have a son and that he would have descendants for many generations. 

When Abraham was 100 years old, he had a son named Isaac.  Isaac was the child of promise.  It was a promise of life. Then many years later, God tested Abraham’s faith. 

He told Abraham to sacrifice his son.  God said that Isaac is going to die.  Isaac had the death sentence upon his life.  This is a real problem. 

God said there is a sentence of death upon Isaac, but God also promised that Isaac would have descendants for many generations.  At this time, Isaac did not have any children. 

So, we have the sentence of death and the promise of life. We are like Isaac. 

Just as Isaac had the death sentence on him, so we have a death sentence in Hell because of our sin.  Likewise, just as God promised Isaac life, so God promised us eternal life in Heaven.

So, how did God make a way for Isaac to live even though he was to die?  This is an interesting story.  Isaac did not know what God told his father to do. 

As Abraham and Isaac walked to the place of sacrifice, Isaac said that they have everything needed for the sacrifice except the lamb.  Abraham told his son…

Genesis 22:8 – “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”  

Abraham trusted that God would keep His promise of life.  He obeyed God and went to the place of sacrifice.  Just as he was about to kill Isaac, God called out to stop him. 

Abraham turned and saw a ram in the bushes.  He understood that God provided a substitute. God provided the ram to die in Isaac’s place so that Isaac could live.

If Isaac died, then God’s promise could not be fulfilled in Isaac’s life.  So, God provided a lamb to die in the place of Isaac so that Isaac could live and God’s promise could be fulfilled.

Some people misunderstand what happened and get upset at God that an innocent animal had to die.  They say, “The ram did nothing wrong. Why did the ram have to die?”

This ram is a picture of God’s way to fix man’s sin problem.  God was teaching a key truth that in order to bring life to one sentenced to die, the innocent must die for the guilty.     

The ram is a picture of Jesus Christ.  Just as the ram did no wrong, so Jesus Christ had no sin.  Just as Isaac was sentenced to die, so man is a sinner and sentenced to death in Hell. 

Just as the ram died in Isaac’s place so he could live, so Jesus Christ died in our place so that we could have eternal life in Heaven.  This is the gospel message.

We have all sinned.  The wages of sin is death.  As a result of our sin, we are sentenced to death in Hell. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Jesus became the Lamb of God who died on the cross in order to pay the penalty of our sin so that we can have eternal life.

Jesus Christ died, was buried, and three days later rose again from the dead.  He is now able to give eternal life to all that come unto Him.

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Questions Lesson 29

1. According to the Bible, what was the name of Abraham’s son?  ____________

2. According to the Bible, God promised Abraham that Isaac would have many descendants. 
a. True            
b. False

3. According to the Bible, God told Abraham to sacrifice his son.    
a. True
b. False

4. So, according to the Bible, Isaac had the sentence of death on him and the promise of life. 
a. True            
b. False

5. According to the Bible, God provided Abraham a ram that would die in Isaac’s place.  This ram was a picture of God’s way to fix man’s sin problem.    
a. True
b. False

6. According to the Bible, we are like Isaac.  Just as Isaac had a death sentence, so we are sentenced to die because of our sin.  Likewise, just as Isaac had the promise of life, so we also have the promise of eternal life.       
a. True            
b. False

7. According to the Bible, just as God provided a way for Isaac to live even though he was sentenced to die, so God also made a way for man to have eternal life even though he is sentenced to Hell because of his sin.    
a. True            
b. False

8. According to the Bible, this ram was a picture of God’s substitute, Jesus Christ, the innocent dying for the guilty.      
a. True
b. False

9. According to the Bible, just as the ram died in Isaac’s place so he could live, so Jesus Christ died in our place so that we could have eternal life in Heaven.            
a. True            
b. False

10. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ died, was buried, and three days later rose again from the dead and now He is able to give eternal life to all that come unto Him.   
a. True
b. False

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