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Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was Isaac?
The definition and outline of Isaac is as follows: According to the
Old Testament he was the son of
Sarah who was offered by Abraham as a sacrifice to God;
father of Jacob and Esau. From whom the Hebrew people trace their
Isaac and Ishmael Bible Story
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The only son of Abraham by Sarah. He was the longest lived of the
three patriarchs (Genesis 21:1-3). He was circumcised when eight
days old (4-7); and when he was probably two years old a great feast
was held in connection with his being weaned.
The next memorable event in his life is that connected with the
command of God given to Abraham to offer him up as a sacrifice on a
mountain in the land of Moriah (Genesis 22).
he was forty years of age Rebekah was chosen for his wife (Genesis
24). After the death and burial of his father he took up his
residence at Beer-lahai-roi (25:7-11), where his two sons, Esau and
Jacob, were born (21-26), the former of whom seems to have been his
favourite son (27,28).
In consequence of a famine (Genesis 26:1) Isaac went to Gerar, where
he practised deception as to his relation to Rebekah, imitating the
conduct of his father in Egypt (12:12-20) and in Gerar (20:2). The
Philistine king rebuked him for his prevarication.
After sojourning for some time in the land of the Philistines, he
returned to Beersheba, where God gave him fresh assurance of
covenant blessing, and where Abimelech entered into a covenant of
peace with him.
The next chief event in his life was the blessing of his sons
(Genesis 27:1). He died at Mamre, "being old and full of days"
(35:27-29), one hundred and eighty years old, and was buried in the
cave of Machpelah.
In the New Testament reference is made to his having been "offered
up" by his father (Hebrews 11:17; James 2:21), and to his blessing
his sons (Hebrews 11:20). As the child of promise, he is contrasted
with Ishmael (Romans 9:7,10; Galatians 4:28; Hebrews 11:18).
Isaac is "at once a counterpart of his father in simple devoutness
and purity of life, and a contrast in his passive weakness of
character, which in part, at least, may have sprung from his
relations to his mother and wife. After the expulsion of Ishmael and
Hagar, Isaac had no competitor, and grew up in the shade of Sarah's
tent, moulded into feminine softness by habitual submission to her
strong, loving will." His life was so quiet and uneventful that it
was spent "within the circle of a few miles; so guileless that he
let Jacob overreach him rather than disbelieve his assurance; so
tender that his mother's death was the poignant sorrow of years; so
patient and gentle that peace with his neighbours was dearer than
even such a coveted possession as a well of living water dug by his
own men; so grandly obedient that he put his life at his father's
disposal; so firm in his reliance on God that his greatest concern
through life was to honour the divine promise given to his race."
We have selected Isaac as one of the most important people and
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Much of the information is taken from
the classic reference books including
Matthew George Easton "Easton's Bible Dictionary" and Ashley S Johnson "Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia".
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