"Gave All That He Had"          

Genesis 25:5


     Abraham's son, Isaac, was, in many ways, typical both of the Lord Jesus Christ and of his people. Certainly, in his birth Isaac typified both Christ and his people. He was the child of God's promise, born by divine, supernatural power. But the analogy does not end there.

     In Genesis 22 Isaac represents Christ in yielding himself up as a voluntary sacrifice unto God upon the altar, a sacrifice to be made by his father's own hand, according to the will of God. And he represents God's elect for whom the Lord God provided a Lamb of sacrifice,even his own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as a Substitute to die in our place under the wrath of God.

     In Genesis 24 Isaac is a picture of Christ for whom an appointed bride is sought. Christ is our Bridegroom. God's elect are his bride, the church, sought out from among men by the preaching of the gospel. Isaac is also a picture of a believer waiting upon God to give him his chosen bride, the life-long companion of God's choice, from among his own people.

     Again, in Genesis 25:5, Isaac stands before us as a type both of Christ and the believer. "Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac." Without question, this text speaks of Abraham's greater Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, "whom God hath appointed heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2). "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand" (John 3:35). Everything the triune God is is in Christ. And everything the triune God possesses is in the hands of Christ, the God-man, our Mediator, to give to whom he will. But this text also speaks of you and me, who are the sons of God by electing love, adopting grace, and saving faith. Like Isaac, we are the possessors of all the wealth and privileges of the Father's house, "heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ" (Rom. 8:17). All that Christ possesses in his mediatorial offices, as the God-man, we possess in him (Eph. 1:3). How rich we are if the unsearchable riches of Christ are ours (Eph. 3:8). And they are! God, who gave us his Son, has with his son freely given us all things (Rom. 8:32). God will not withhold any good thing from his people. All the universe is ours! Spiritual things, eternal things, carnal things, and temporal things, all are ours in Christ, and shall be given to us as we need them.



Don Fortner