Isaac - Abraham's Son of God's PromiseVolume 1, Number 15
Created Date: July 27, 2004
Posted Date: July 27, 2004
Vol 1 - No 15, July 27, 2004
Isaac, Abraham's son of God's promise.
Genesis 21 records Isaac's miraculous conception and birth to 90-year-old Sarah, a woman who had been barren all her life. Isaac grew up to be gentle and meek in nature as evidenced by; 1) his willingness to submit as a sacrifice offered by his father (it turned out that God provided a substitute ram for the sacrifice - Genesis 22); 2) his closeness to his mother to the point that he did not marry until age 40, after she died -; 3) his willing acceptance of a wife who the servant of Abraham had found for him - "And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death." - ; and 4) his lack of indignation and fight when the Philistines stopped up and filled with dirt his wells, even though he no doubt had the resources to defend his property - Genesis 12- 15.
In these characteristics Isaac was a type, albeit imperfect, that pointed to Jesus Christ in His first coming to this earth. Jesus was the promised son of God; He was miraculously conceived; He lived in meekness and lowliness; and He willingly gave His life as the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of mankind. But whereas Jesus Christ, the Man, lived the perfect life of faith, Isaac did not.
The Lord appeared to Isaac twice, the first occasion in: "And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."
Isaac must have been entertaining the notion to go to Egypt because God had to tell him not to do so -. It is apparent from the text that God would have had Isaac stay in the land promised him but Isaac instead went to and stayed in Gerar, and this in spite of what he knew about the marvelous acts God had done for his father Abraham. In Gerar, the land of the hostile and ungodly Philistines, Isaac like his father before him lied to save his skin. Isaac was afraid the men of Gerar would kill him and take Rebekah because of her beauty so he lied and said she was his sister - . Had a man from Gerar impregnated Rebecca God's promises to Abraham for a seed to bless the earth would have been thwarted. But God intervened when King Abimelech saw Isaac and Rebecca in intimacy and surmised they were husband and wife. He told Isaac he should have said Rebekah was his wife because if a person of Gerar had tried to take her, Isaac would have brought "guiltiness upon us."
Abimelech subsequently put the word out that if anyone touched Isaac or his wife they would be put to death. And thus in spite of Isaac's weak faith God provided him prosperity and riches to the point that he was finally asked by Abimlech to leave Gerar because the Philistines were jealous -. But when Isaac left the city of Gerar, he did not go far enough, he camped in the valley of Gerar which was still in the land of the Philistines - . There he continued to have problems with the people of Gerar so he finally moved on to Beersheba (Hebrew for the well of the oath) where he should have remained to begin with.
After arriving in Beersheba the Lord appeared to him a second time: "And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake." -. When Isaac was finally where God wanted him to be, that is, separated from the sinful people of Gerar, they came to him recognizing the Lord was with him and asked for and established a covenant of peace with him - . And so it is for any child of God in any age, peace comes in a life of separation from sin.
In both of the Lord's appearances to Isaac, God made it very clear that His promise of blessing to Isaac was based on the oath He swore to Abraham because Abraham "obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my law's." -& 24. Isaac himself had the hope of resurrection. This we know from the promise of God to him in : "for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries." Isaac died with the promise he would someday possess all these countries and so he knew he would be resurrected from the dead to receive the promise.
We look to, which was written some 1800 or 1900 years after Isaac died to find the act of faith for which Isaac was borne witness to. There it reads simply: "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come." That is it. Isaac's faith was that he believed God's Word that he and his offspring would obtain the land promised and be the channel of God's blessing to the earth, as promised to his father Abraham.
When was it that Isaac was chosen by God to receive the inheritance and be the channel of God's blessing to the earth? Answer, Isaac was chosen in eternity past when God chose Abraham, before Isaac was conceived. God's Word to Abraham had been: "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." -. And "Unto thy seed will I give this land:" - . So, what did Isaac do to please God? Answer, he believed God, that is, he placed his faith in God-s Word.
Isaac's life is a pattern for us today as we learn from"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also Justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." And from "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself,"
In order to obtain what God has provided for us, we like Isaac, must place our faith in God's Word."For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast."
We today who believe in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, are blessed with all blessings God has promised to and through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ.