The Life qj*x=yof Isaac (2) Laindon - 11th & 18th January 1
Our plan of study• Introduction• Where Isaac dwelt• His family and contemporaries• The main events in his life• God’s promises• Types and shadows• Isaac in the NT & his relationship with us Life of Isaac 2
He takes Rebekah & Abraham dies (Genesis 25)• Isaac, aged 40, takes Rebekah to wife (‘he loved her’) and is comforted regarding the loss of his mother (Genesis 24:61-67)• Rebekah is barren for 20 years (:21)• Isaac intreats God and Rebekah bears twins (:21)• Rebekah is told by the Lord that she bears two nations in her womb (:22-23)• She gives birth to Esau and Jacob (:24-28)• Abraham dies 15 years later aged 175 (:8-9) Life of Isaac 4
He dwells in Gerar (Genesis 26)• There is a famine, Isaac moves to Gerar and God confirms his promise (:1-5)• Isaac tells the Philistines that Rebekah is his sister (:7)• Abimelech sees through the deception (:8-11)• Isaac prospers greatly, moves away from Abimelech and unstops the wells (:12-22)• Abimelech makes a covenant with him and Isaac settles in Beersheba (:23-33) Life of Isaac 5
He blesses Jacob before Esau (Genesis 27-28)• Isaac, aged circa 120-130, fears he is close to death and resolves to bless Esau (27:1-4)• Isaac although he intended to bless Esau blesses Jacob (27:5-29)• The deception is exposed but Isaac says that Jacob “shall be blessed” (27:30-40)• Isaac blesses Jacob again and sends him to Padanaram to find a wife (28:1-7) Life of Isaac 6
He dies in Hebron (Genesis 35)• Jacob returns aged circa 80 with his wives, Leah and Rachel (Genesis 33)• He finally settles in Hebron with his father Isaac• Isaac dies at the age of 180 years and Esau and Jacob bury him (:27-29) Life of Isaac 7
God’s promises to Isaac• Given by an oath (Deuteronomy 1:8 & Hebrews 6:13-20)• Given to Isaac and his seed (Genesis 17:19 & Hebrews 11:17-19)• We, like Isaac, are children of promise (Galatians 4:28-31)• We, if faithful, are Isaac’s seed (Romans 9:7-9)• Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (cf Leviticus 26:42) Life of Isaac 8
Ishmael & Isaac as types• The two seeds or classes of mankind• Ishmael represents natural Israel, glorying in their fleshly descent from Abraham (John 8:31-59)• Isaac represents those of Israel and the Gentiles who disregard the flesh (John 6:63) and put their trust in God’s promises (Hebrews 11:13)• Ishmael mocked and persecuted Isaac (Galatians 4:29) Life of Isaac 9
Isaac as a type of Christ• The child of promise• Born contrary to nature• The fulfilment of the promise delayed (25:4000)• Announced by an angel of God• Described as the “only son”• Offered up by God’s command/will• Obedient, even yielding willingly to death• Place of sacrifice Mt Moriah/Zion• Rose after three days Life of Isaac 10
Isaac in the NT & our relationship with him• Yahweh is the God of Isaac (Acts 3:13 & 7:32), the God of the living (Mark 12:26-27)• Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Matthew 8:11 etc)• Isaac’s seed/children of the promise (Romans 9:6-13 & Galatians 4:28)• An example of faith (Hebrews 11:8-20)• Faith proved by works (James 2:21-26) Life of Isaac 12
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