7. Isaac –Gliding Faith

Isaac is “gliding” on the faith and blessings of his father. While he does carry the legacy to some extent, we do see numbness to God taking over and complacency setting in.

The Patriarchs of Israel

  • Abraham – Soaring Faith
  • Isaac – Gliding Faith
  • Jacob –Compelling Faith
  • Joseph – Unwavering Faith

Isaac – Gliding Faith-Objectives

To:

  • Realize the value of what God has entrusted to us and be good stewards
  • Receive/ propagate the legacy he has given us

Isaac – Winging Faith-Presentation Overview

Isaac was “winging it” or “gliding” on the faith of his father..we do not see any additional spectacular demonstrations in his faith.

  • Born by (his father’s) faith
  • Blessed by (his father’s) faith
  • Bonded by (his servant’s) faith
  • Blunders overruled by (God’s) grace
  • Discussion – stewards of God’ grace

Born by (his Father’s) Faith

Gained life by faith

After decades, the faith child was born.

Regained life through fire

God gave him life, God has the right to take away. Isaac

trusted his father completely and obeyed even through threat of death.

Born by (his father’s) faith

When we receive, to what level are we prepared to obey and give?

We are only stewards and not owners of God’s blessings.

Blessed by (his father’s) faith

Inherited his father’s blessings

Gen 24 v 1 “Abraham was now an old man. God had blessed Abraham in every way” (MSG).

Isaac was the sole inheritor of those blessings.

Gen 25:5 “But Abraham gave everything he possessed to Isaac 6…he gave gifts to the sons he had by concubines…but then sent them away…

Blessed by (his father’s) Faith

  • (Gen 26) “I’ll bless you and make your children flourish because of my servant Abraham”.
  • (Gen 26:7-10) Isaac makes the same mistakes of his father.
  • (Gen 26:17-32) He has his father’s generosity eg. well disputes. God prospers him.

Blessed by (his father’s) Faith

  • (Gen 25:21)He prays for a son when his wife is barren
  • (Gen 26:25) He also has a spirit of gratitude and builds an altar when God blesses him.
  • (Gen 26:28-30)He has peaceful relations with neighbours

Blessed by (his father’s) Faith

The influence of godliness (and sin) extend beyond an individual to his family to generations.

On the flip side every individual is 100% responsible for good or evil in their lives (Ezekiel 18:20)

Video Clip

Overruled by God’s Grace

Double blindness

  • Isaac is physically blind – cannot see his sons
  • He is spiritually blind in the context of blessing. Though God tells Rebekah that Jacob will rule Esau (Gen 25:23), he plans to give the prime blessing to Esau based on physical appetite.

Overruled by God’s Grace

Double reversal of his children’s blessings:

  • The blessing meant for Jacob was being planned for Esau.
  • The blessing he thinks he is giving Esau is given to Jacob

Rebekah helps Jacob outsmart Esau’s validation strategy

God’s choice for the blessing was Jacob, so the reversal was actually God’s plan

Did Isaac have the right to decide who the blessing went to?

We are only stewards of God’s gifts.

Bonded by (his servant’s) Faith

Won his bride

Abraham’s servant prays for God’s leading to find a bride for Isaac, a task entrusted by Abraham. Isaac wins a beautiful bride of God’s choice. He is comforted in his mother’s death.

Acquired Children by Faith

Like his mother, his wife is barren. He prays and gets children by faith.

God takes away and God gives …

Stewards of God’s word

1 Cor 4:1,2

“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

Activity

  • Put papers / post- it’s with people’s names on wall
  • As team to write under names giftings they see (in others)
  • Sit in circle – ask each person how they use these giftings
  • Pray for each others giftings that they will use their gifts for the purpose created.

Stewards of God’s gifts - Discussion

  • In what instances was Isaac a good steward?
  • In what instances was Isaac a poor steward?
  • What were the reasons for poor stewardship?
  • Fear (with Abimelech)
  • Flesh (with blessing)
  • Others?
  • What challenges do we face with respect to stewardship and how do we overcome them?

Related Posts

14 God’s Commandments

Is the Old Testament Law relevant today? Jesus says I came not to abolish the Law, but to fulfil it. He gives God’s commands a new perspective and takes it up a notch.God gave the Israelites hundreds of instructions for the people. These were divided into three phases...

13 Israel – Leanness of Soul

Everyone seeks earthly prosperity. Few seek prosperity of soul. In spite of being God’s chosen people, Israel suffers from the leanness of soul syndrome. To understand the meaning of: Prosperity of soul Leanness of soul To seek and enjoy true prosperity (of soul) in...

12. Moses – Humble Faith

Born in Egypt, Moses is beautiful in God’s eyes. He experiences the best of worldly knowledge, power and riches as well as spiritual power and riches yet remains most humble in all the earth. To understand God’s preparation ground for Moses: In his family In the...

11 God’s Special interventions

We have seen God’s activity throughout Genesis. Was Jesus involved? How do we know it was Jesus? What message does He communicate on those occasions?To: Understand Christ’s role throughout the Bible Understand the significance of Christ’s special appearances in...

10. God’s Direct interventions – Genesis

God is actively participating in our lives. In Patriarchal ages and throught the Bible we see specific instances of God’s active involvement.To: Understand how proactively and actively God is involved in our lives Get a glimpse of God’s attributes Know and connect...

9. Joseph – Unwavering Faith

The touching story of Joseph inspires, as he transitions from father’s pet to second most powerful person in the world. As God is with him throughout, what looks like the end of the game, triggers his rise to fame.To Understand God’s training ground for top leaders...

8. Jacob Compelling Faith

It is Jacob, who becomes Israel and fathers/grandfathers children who represent the tribes of Israel. God deals with deception and brings out his passion and drive for the right things.To Understand Jacob’s strong driving forces Be clear on our purpose and direction...

7 Isaac – Gliding Faith

Isaac is “gliding” on the faith and blessings of his father. While he does carry the legacy to some extent, we do see numbness to God taking over and complacency setting in. Abraham - Soaring Faith Isaac - Gliding Faith Jacob –Compelling Faith Joseph – Unwavering...

6 Abraham – Soaring Faith

At the time God calls Abraham to father the nation Israel, civilization prospers and grows; so does idolatory. Abraham takes time to respond and build faith but eventually goes all out in faith and obedience. Background of Abraham Abraham’s journey Abraham’s faith...

5 Job – Faith under Fire

Job enjoys close fellowship with God. Caught between a crossfire between God and Satan, he stands firm defying Satan before his proud father God and getting to see God in a new light. Objectives Job – Chronologically in the Bible Authorship of Job Job’s Disposition in...

4 The World in Confusion – Babel

After saving the world, Noah himself takes a fall. Again God steps into a godless world – this time, in a much more subdued manner. Objectives Standards falling Irony of Noah Irony of Noah Folly of Ham/ Canaan Tyranny of Nimrod Folly of Ham/ Canaan Tyranny of Nimrod...

3 From Fall to Flood

As earth’s population grow, murder, lust and evil spread their tentacles into every aspect of creation. While God saves Noah and his family, ample warnings sound out to the rest of the world. Objectives The Times First Prediction of Doom A Few Good Men Abel –...

2 Adam – A Fallen Faith

A word from God, a burst of light; the world was born. Creation, culminating with the crown of creation, Adam and Eve, was good in God’s eyes. Objective A perfect world Forbidden Fruit The World with Satan Pain and Suffering Woman and the Fall Satan’s Strategy God’s...

1 Old Testament Summary

Why is the Old Testament important to us? Timothy emphasizes that “All Scripture is God-breathed.” The amazing unity of theme and purpose makes it nothing less than the living word of God.To understand: The infallibility of the Scriptures Their consistency through...