confirmation of the promise to Isaac as it had been given to Abraham and
with do reference to the point that it had been in the faith of Abraham
that it had been made and was being honored in his seed.
AIM: That we
might recognize that what is given us in Christ is assured on the basis
of the Father's promise to the Son and the Son' obedience to the Father.
story of Isaac finds most of what is remarkable in his birth and the
fact that Abraham offered him as a sacrifice in obedience to God.
Otherwise, his life is unremarkable.
1. What is remarkable is the way
in which the Lord protected and blessed him and prospered him in the
2. It was made clear that he was not to leave the place
designated as the inheritance and therefore he was not to go to Egypt as
Abraham had done.
3. We witness another lapse in judgment or in
character and yet the determination to bless came not because of but
despite the failings of Isaac.
While Isaac is unremarkable is his character and actions the
providential actions of God are clearly in evidence in all his life - it
is after all about the Lord and His purpose in Christ.
further blessing of Isaac (vv. 12-14)
1. The chapter opens with a
renewal of the promise that had been made to Abraham with full
acknowledgment that it was to Abraham that covenant was made and that
Isaac was in fact the beginning of the answer of God to the seed of
2. The beginnings of Isaac's sojourn in the land of the
Philistines was not the story one might expect from the son of promise.
1) He lied about Rebekah at the risk of causing havoc in the family and
2) It is shameful that he was rebuked by a heathen king who responded to
the providential prevention of chaos.
3) Protection was assured by
3. So, Isaac settled there, and the Lord blessed him
He sowed and reaped abundantly
2) He grew in stature and respect
among the inhabitants and the king.
3) He had flocks and herds and
servants and was envied for the success coming to him
4) No mention
is made of comment from Isaac
II. The further resentment of the
Philistines (vv. 15-21)
1. One had observed that Isaac won the
friendship of his opponents by his patience.
1) We note that when
Abimelech asks him to move, he did so without resistance and
as further striving developed, he continued to move without hesitation.
2. The envy was such that they had filled in the wells dug by Abraham in
the past and he simply attempted to reopen them. He did not resist when
they claimed them as their possession.
3. They were name "contention"
4. It may be easy to assert that Isaac should have
fought for what he had done, but here we may understand the faith of
Isaac in that he occupied until the time was come to pass the blessing.
5. In that he had been told to sojourn in the land with the promise that
the Lord would be with him was a matter of faith in and of itself.
III. The further removal of Isaac (vv. 22-25ff)
1. It would seem
that Isaac was simply believing the Lord and fully trusting in Him as he
was again and again constrained to move and dig more wells.
understanding was that the Lord had made room for him to function and
2) He reckoned that it was the Lord, not circumstances, that had brought
him there and kept him safe.
2. From there he went to Beersheba (the
well of the oath) and there the Lord appeared again.
1) The Lord
identified as the "God of Abraham"
2) And reiterated the comforting
"fear not" in that the Lord would be with him and
3) The promise was
3. It was here that he settled permanently and lived out his
life in peace
1) He called on the Name of the Lord in worship and
2) In thanksgiving and praise for the providential care taken of him and
4. It is interesting to note that Abimelech came to him
desiring a covenant of mutual peace further indicating the work of God
in the interest of the promised seed. (When a man's ways please the
Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him).