For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



 A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2001 James Melough


Isaac is such a clear type of Christ that scarcely anyone will have trouble recognizing him as such.

As the birth of Christ was foretold, so was that of Isaac, see Ge 17:16, and as the birth of Christ was miraculous (Mary was a virgin and therefore incapable of bearing a child), so was the birth of Isaac: Sarah had not only always been barren, but in addition she was ninety years old when Isaac was born.

In Ex 4:22 it is written, “Israel is my son, even my firstborn,” so that Christ, as Man, was God’s secondborn.  Israel was His elder brother.    (It is to be noted that Christ was God’s secondborn only as to His human birth.  In resurrection He is God’s firstborn, see Ro 8:29; Col 1:18; Heb 12:23).  Abraham’s firstborn was Ishmael, so that Isaac was his secondborn.

Isaac was hated and mocked by Ishmael his elder brother, Ge 21:9, as was Christ by Israel His elder brother.

Isaac experienced symbolic death and resurrection when he was bound to the altar, see Ge 22:1-12 and Heb 11:17-19.  Christ actually died and rose again. 

Abraham sent his servant (a type of the Holy Spirit) to find a bride for Isaac.  During this present dispensation God has sent His Servant the Holy Spirit to find a bride for Christ.  That bride was of the same blood line as Isaac, see Ge 24:4; and those who comprise the Church, the bride of Christ, are of His blood line, having become that through the new birth, as it is written concerning them, “We (believers) are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones,” Eph 5:30.  See also 1 Cor 12:12-13, 27.

At the end of her journey from her country to his, Isaac came to meet Rebekah and welcome her into his home, Ge 24:63-67.  The type will be fulfilled at the rapture of the Church, for Christ will come to the air to meet us and welcome us into His home, as it is written, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord,” 1 Th 4:16-17.



     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
© 2000-2005 James Melough