Location of the Cross

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In Genesis Chapter 22, God commands Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to the land Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering.  Abraham does not tell anyone including Isaac what God has commanded him to do.  Does God condone human sacrifice, "no", but this was a test and is a matter for another topic.  According to textual references derived, at this point Isaac was most likely 30 years of age.  In Genesis 6:8, Abraham responds to the question by Isaac on where is the lamb for the burnt offering and says "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering...".  Notice the word "Himself".   This is a "type" or foreshadowing of something in the future.  It took 3 days for Abraham to reach the destination.  Notice also that Abraham did not withhold his son, which is similar to what Paul wrote that God "did not spare His own Son, but gave [delivered] Him up for us all", Romans 8:32.

Some scriptural recourses to remember for this topic.

Lev 1:11 And he shall kill it out on the side of the alter northwest before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood around about the upon the alter
Lev 4:12 ... shall be carry forth without the amp unto a clean place...
Isa 53:9 He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich is his death.  (Note that is not a reference to the two thieves but the location of the grave.  Recall that Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, gave his tomb for the burial.  General Charles George Gordon in 1883 discovered the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem.  Extraordinarily 37 years before this event, Andrew Bonar in a commentary on Leviticus in 1846 summarized the conditions required for the tomb be located and how it would appear.)

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