Many of the favorite stories of the Bible are in Genesis including:

1.Creation
2.God loves people
3.Sin Kills
4.Rescue Announced
5.Noah—Flood
6.Abraham & Sarah
7.Isaac & Rebekah
8.Jacob's big family
9.Joseph

 

Isaac's Family Tree:

(Gen. 11;25:7,26;35:28)

Noah: **950 yrs

Shem: **427 yrs

Arphaxad: *35, **438

Salah: *30 yrs, **433 yrs

Eber: *34 yrs, 464 yrs

Peleg: *30 yrs, **239 yrs

Reu: *32 yrs, **239 yrs

Serug: *30 yrs, **230 yrs

Nahor: *29 yrs, **148 yrs

Terah: *70 yrs, **205 yrs

Abraham: *100,**175 yrs

Isaac: *60 yrs, **180 yrs

 

* age when son was born

** age at death

 

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

—Hebrews 11:20

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Genesis part 7

Isaac & Rebekah

Laughter!

When Abraham was 99 years old, God came to him and told him that he would be the "father of many nations." He also told him that he and his wife, Sarah would be blessed with a son. Abraham fell on his face and laughed at the thought. Sarah, who was listening outside the door heard it and laughed, because, she would be 90 years old when this baby would arrive! Well, the baby did come and they named him, "Isaac," which means, "laughter!"

Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”

—Genesis 21:5-6 NKJV

God loves to laugh with his friends and bless them!

 

The Ultimate Test

Isaac must have wondered what was happening when he walked up the mountain with his father, Abraham. God was testing his friend Abraham when He told him to sacrifice Isaac! Abraham obeyed placing Isaac on the altar and lifting the knife, but God stopped him and provided a ram for the sacrifice instead.

 

Abraham had so much faith in God, that he knew someway, somehow that Isaac would be restored. In this Isaac became a picture of the coming Rescuer, who would die and come back to life.

 

Go find a wife for Isaac

Abraham sent his servant, Eliezer, back to his homeland of Mesopotamia, to find a wife from his people for Isaac. Eliezer asked God to show him the woman by the sign that she would help him give water to him and his 10 camels.

 

When he arrived, here comes Rebekah to the well with a pitcher on her head and offers water to Eliezer and his thirsty camels. Eliezer thanked her by giving her gifts of gold jewelry—earring and bracelets. When he found out that she was a distant relative of his master he bowed down and thanked God for His faithfulness to help him.

 

After receiving the blessing of her family, Rebekah and her nurse, did return with Eliezer. When Isaac finally saw Rebekah it was love at first sight!

 

Twins

Isaac and Rebekah wanted a family, but Rebekah could not have children. Isaac prayed and the Lord answered him and she became pregnant with not just one baby but two. But the double blessing turned into a war, even inside her womb. When she asked the Lord what in the world was going on inside of her the Lord said to her, "It is because their are two nations inside you and the younger will serve the older."

So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

—Genesis 25:24-26 NKJV

And the struggle continued. They were a tricky family, tricking each other. Before Isaac died he blessed Jacob and Esau.

 

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