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Isaac

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ISAAC & REBEKAH
(Genesis 24-26)

Isaac:
– Born under miraculous circumstances.
– Circumcised on the 8th day.
– Nearly got himself sacrificed on Mt. Moriah

Isaac:
– Born under miraculous circumstances.
– Circumcised on the 8th day.
Nearly got himself sacrificed on Mt. Moriah
His mom dies when he is 37 years old.
– Isaac remains a bachelor until he’s 40.
Genesis 24:
What to look for in a wife or husband:
1. They must not be a Canaanite. (unbeliever or recent convert – untested). (24:3)
2. They must let their parents arrange their marriage. (allow/ involve their parents in the process). (24:6,8)
3. They must be willing to move out of their parent’s basement. (24:5)
4. They must be morally pure. (24:16)
Genesis 24:
What to specifically look for in a man:
1. A guy who sends his servant to scope out the chicks (trusts wise and godly men in his life ) – (24:2, 12-14, 26-27, 52)
2. A guy who gives you a gold nose ring weighing _ sheckel (proven ability to financially provide) (24: 22, 29-30; 35-36)
3. A guy who has a genuine and intimate walk with God. (24: 63)
Genesis 24:
What to specifically look for in a woman:
1. A woman who can draw water out of a well. (a hard worker) (24:15,19-20)
2. A woman who can draw water out of a well for you and your friends. (Generous and hospitable) (24:18, 25)
3. A woman who can draw water out of a well for your camels. (Sensitive to and will sacrifice for others) (24:19)
4. A woman who is submissive to authorities in her life. (required her father’s and older brother’s permission) (24:50-51)

Genesis 25:21 (ESV)And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

Genesis 25:22 (ESV)The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

Genesis 25:23 (ESV)And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”

Genesis 25:24-28 (ESV)When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Conflicts with his wife:
Genesis 26:7 (ESV)When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance.
Conflicts with his kids and between his kids:
Genesis 25:29-34 (ESV)Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Conflicts with authorities:
Genesis 26:10-11 (ESV)Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
Conflicts with neighbors & friends:
Genesis 26:15-16 (ESV)(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.) And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”
Conflicts with co-workers:
Genesis 26:19-20 (ESV)But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.
Conflicts with co-workers:
Genesis 26:21 (ESV)Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.
Conflicts within himself:
Genesis 26:23 (ESV)From there he went up to Beersheba.

Genesis 26:23-24 (ESV)From there he went up to Beersheba. And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”

Romans 9:10-26 (NLT)This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he grew up, he married Rebekah, who gave birth to twins. But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message proves that God chooses according to his own plan, not according to our good or bad works.)

She was told, “The descendants of your older son will serve the descendants of your younger son.” In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”

What can we say? Was God being unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” So receiving God’s promise is not up to us. We can’t get it by choosing it or working hard for it. God will show mercy to anyone he chooses. …

God has every right to exercise his judgment and his power, but he also has the right to be very patient with those who are the objects of his judgment and are fit only for destruction. He also has the right to pour out the riches of his glory upon those he prepared to be the objects of his mercy- even upon us, whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles.

Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea, “Those who were not my people, I will now call my people. And I will love those whom I did not love before.” And, “Once they were told, ‘You are not my people.’ But now he will say, ‘You are children of the living God.’ “

Genesis 26:25 (ESV)So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.