This article was first published here on May 27th 2018.
Several years ago my wife Terri and I noticed an interesting aspect of one of most famous passages of Scripture in the Torah. It is a passage which Jewish people know well. It is the story of Abraham and Isaac when God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. Abraham immediately chose to obey. Being a prophet of God (Genesis 20:7) Abraham knew that Isaac would somehow be restored to him. As they ascended the mountain, Isaac was carrying the wood for the fire, and asked his father, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham replied: "God will Himself provide the lamb for a burnt offering."
But, as it turned out, God did not, on that occasion, provide a LAMB. He provided a RAM. So then we ask, "Where is the lamb God said He would provide as a substitutionary sacrifice?" "Where is the Lamb of God?"
The answer, of course, is that Yeshua is the substitutionary sacrifice, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, as John the Baptizer proclaimed in the Gospel of John 1:29.
So, at Passover this year we decided to print these Scriptures and give them out to the people of our congregation, and to unbelieving friends and neighbors. We wanted them to consider this question which they have never noticed before - the same question that Isaac asked his father: "Where is the lamb?"
We are now printing the Scriptures in tract form, to be handed out with an actual, stuffed figure of a lamb, to emphasize and continually remind readers of the question. We will also make it available to other congregations. Just today, the pastor of the largest Messianic congregation in Israel saw it and wanted copies for his people to hand out.
It's a hit, and it's all about the Lamb of God!!!
Scripture as a Tract
"But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, 'My father!' And he said, 'Here I am, my son.' Then he said, 'Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?'" (Genesis 22:7)
"And Abraham said, 'My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.' So the two of them went together ..." (Genesis 22:8)
"Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son." (Genesis 22:13)
ABRAHAM WAS A PROPHET OF GOD. HE SAID GOD WOULD PROVIDE FOR HIMSELF A LAMB. GOD PROVIDED A RAM, NOT A LAMB.
QUESTION: WHERE IS THE LAMB GOD SAID HE WOULD PROVIDE? WHERE IS THE LAMB OF GOD?
"He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)
"And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, 'Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?' But He kept silent and answered nothing ..." (Mark 14:60-61a)
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'" (John 1:29)
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1:20pm 29May18, Frank Onofrio: It has been my experience that Messianic Jews are able to point out many more things in the Old Testament that prove Yeshua was the Promised Messiah & things that relate to God's Plan of Salvation for all of the world through Israel than Gentile preachers. This is one such example about "Where is the lamb"? It never dawned on me that God provided a ram that day for Abraham & not a lamb!
2:09pm 31May18, Dr Iathane Cromwell: Yes, I agree with you. He is the true Messiah and only one worthy to do what He did for us and to open the books. However, the church needs to wake up to the fact that: TIME IS RUNNING OUT, so what about the lost! are they inside the church or outside the church, you choose.
6:00pm 31May18, Wayne Fleming: Praise God, for the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the earth, to redeem us to himself as a purchased possession. Yeshua Reigns!!!