Something familiar in this story (Genesis 25-26)

“And the Lord appeared to him in the same night and said, I am the God of Abraham your father.  Fear not, for I am with you and I will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”  Genesis 26:24

As we turn the page, in our Bibles, to Genesis 25 we discover Abraham’s story coming to an end.  This man of God died with a glorious finish, “Old man full of years.”

As Abraham’s life ends we begin to see the life of his son, Isaac, moving to center stage.  Oddly, some might say, his life seems so familiar to us!  Here is a simple outline to follow as you read about his life:

Genesis 25:

  • Isaac is a man who prays.

He prays because he is blessed by the Lord, 25:11.  He prays because his wife is barren, 25:21-22.

  • Isaac is a man with a problem.

There are two nations living in his home.  God’s purpose is for the older nation to serve the younger nation.  The division in the home will become intense.  Jacob is a deceiver and Esau is reckless and defiant.

Genesis 26:

  • Isaac is called to trust God in a foreign land, 26:1-5.
  • Isaac is caught in a moment where fears causes him to take matters into his own hands, 26:8-11.
  • Isaac is clearly favored by God in this foreign land, 26:21.
  • Isaac is challenged by God’s enemies on every side, 26:22

Question:  “Does it seem kind of odd that Isaac’s life mirrors what happens in our lives?”  Certainly we know there are clear differences. Genesis 25 is unique to their story and time. Also, you and I are not one of the Patriarchs of Israel and we are not looking forward to the promise of an earthly nation.  However there is much we have in common with Isaac:

  • We are called to trust God in a foreign land.
  • We are sometimes caught in fear.
  • We are clearly, as Christ followers, blessed by the Lord.
  • We fight God’s enemies every day.

The joy of reading these chapters is in knowing that God is for us and we too can have victory through Christ our Lord.  Here is how Paul described this in Galatians 3:7-9

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify[a] the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

 Praise be to the God of Isaac!!!  Praise be to our God!!!

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