There is no place in the Scriptures like the place called Calvary. It is the pivotal place of history. There the Son of God offered the ultimate sacrifice to God for the sin of mankind.
It would seem likely to me that there are at least three happenings in the Old Testament that took place in very close proximity to Calvary, if not at the very same place. What happened on these occasions gives us foreshadowings of Calvary.
In Genesis 22, we are told of Abraham and Isaac and the place where a SON was given.
In 1 Chronicles 21, we learn of the threshing-floor of Ornan where SIN was atoned for.
In 2 Chronicles 7, we learn of Solomon’s temple being constructed, likely on the place where the threshing-floor once stood (1Chron 22). The temple was to be a SANCTUARY for God to dwell in.
I leave you with my notes on the subject, to meditate upon for your own enjoyment.
- A SON given – place of consecration (surrender)
1Chron 21:5, 8-14, 18-30;
- SIN atoned for – place of cleansing
1Chron 22:1-5; 2Chron 7:1,11
- SANCTUARY established – place of connection
Luke 23:33 – place of consummation
- SON: “only begotten Son” John 3:16
- SIN: “one sacrifice for sins” Heb 10:12
- SANCTUARY: “a new and living way” Heb 10:20
Note similar ideas that are brought out in these events at this pivotal place:
- Knife / sword (exception: temple, apart from implicitly in the sacrifices)
- Fire (2x from heaven)
- Blessing resulting
- Plan beforehand
- Pointed out before (Gen 22:9)
- Purchase before atonement could be made (1Chron 2:25)
- Promise (to David) of temple (1Chron 22:10); preparations made by David (1Chron 22:5)
- Prophecy fulfilled (John 19:28)
- All / Only
- Only son Isaac (Gen 22:16)
- “I give it all” (1Chron 21:23)
- Solomon completed all that God put in his heart (2Chron 7:11)
- “All things were accomplished… It is finished” (John 19:28-30)