Isaac’s Faith (Hebrews #36)

Text: Hebrews 11:20

Failures in light of faith

  • Genesis 27:15-33.  Try to find faith in those verses.  There is none. Explain how this is typically handled by (Bible teachers)
  • Faith works because God works.
  • One of the benefits of having the Old Testament record and New Testament record is the ability to see the failures and faults that get ignored.
  • In one sense there is joy that the record is ignored.
    • Isaac and Rebekah sojourn in the land they are suppose to be in, but there are other cultures there.  So they live a lie for a while until they are found out to be husband and wife.
    • Isaac and Rebekah are told two nations are struggling in Rebekah’s womb (Genesis 25:23) and the elder would serve the younger.
    • In Genesis 27 Isaac is getting old and wants to pass off his blessing to Esau, not Jacob.  This is where you have Jacob dressing up as Esau and tricking Isaac for the blessing.
    • But the only thing recorded of Isaac in Hebrews 11 is what he did by faith.  And that’s a blessing.
    • Jacob’s blessing is in Genesis 28:1-4.
  • Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
  • In another sense it’s a tragedy to look back and see so many wasted moments.
    • Genesis 35:28-29 Isaac died being 180 years old.  He’s the oldest of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.  But he has the least said about him. 12 chapters given to Abraham’s life.  12 chapters given to Jacob’s life. 13 chapters given to Joseph’s life. And 2 chapters given to Isaac’s life.
    • When faith is all that stands out, all pursuits, all trials, all ambitions that were not of faith were pointless.  As Solomon would say, vanity of vanities.
    • Romans 14:22-23 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
    • The just shall live by faith, but would die where faith wasn’t in operation.

The blessing came by faith

  • We want to bless our kids and grandkids.  We want to bless our families. Faith was the cause of the blessing.
  • The fallacy that blessings come by giving our kids more than we had
    • Even to the point of going broke so your kids don’t “miss out” on anything.
    • Jesus Christ raised in Nazareth.
    • Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
    • 1 Kings 9:11-13
    • Today, parents are more in debt, kids have more stuff, and would we say generations are building character or losing it?  Would we say generations are getting more intelligent or dumber?
    • We want our kids to be successful.  Here is the Biblical definition of success.  Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
  • The Bible is what we prioritize our lives around.
  • Trusting the Lord is how we make decisions.
  • The blessing came by faith!  And it only came by faith! Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Faith is certain of the future

  • Remember  that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
  • Esau’s blessing Genesis 27:39-40
  • Jacob’s blessing Genesis 28:1-4
  • Abraham never rested in the promised land.  Isaac didn’t take possession of the promised land.  Jacob would not take possession of the promised land.  But they all knew they would.
  • Do you know what happens when you die?  Unbelieving say, “Nobody knows that.”
  • Faith works because God works.
    • What power does Isaac have to make sure Jacob gets the promise?  None.