Isaac is probably one of the least known characters in the Bible. Even though he’s one of the three patriarchs, we tend to think of Abraham and Jacob and that other guy. In this series we’re going to look at who is Isaac and what he has to teach us about life, particularly living in a relationship with God.
Most of us are familiar with the story of God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. But while it focusses on the faith and obedience of Isaac’s father Abraham, it’s Isaac who is about to be sacrificed, it’s Isaac whose life is at risk. This Sunday we’re going to look at how Isaac foreshadows the sacrifice of Jesus, and how God gives his only Son, the Son that he loves, as the sacrifice for our sins. It’s only because God sacrificed so much for us that we are willing to give our lives as a sacrifice to honour God. Come and be challenged to sacrifice your life for the One who sacrificed His life for you!
The story of Isaac and Rebekah is one of the famous love stories in the Old Testament, but what we often miss is what this story tells us about God, and about the relationship between God’s Son and his bride, the Church. This story has so much to tell us about marriage, but also about God’s love for us and our relationship with Him. Join us this Sunday to unpack not just a great love story, but the Greatest Love Story of all time.
Families can be great fun and places of love and nurture, but they can also be incredibly challenging. Isaac’s family wasn’t a laughing matter. His wife struggled with barrenness for 20 years, and when she did conceive the pregnancy wasn’t easy, and her children were not only extremely different they brought deep bitterness. This Sunday we’re going to explore the challenges of barrenness and infertility, raising children and being a parent. But most of all we’re going to be reminded that God is the perfect parent, and he is there for us in the challenges of life.
This sermon looks at Isaac’s faith. We’re going to see how God tested Isaac’s faith, and how he calls him into a covenantal relationship with himself. We’re going to see Isaac’s lack of faith and how it gets him into trouble. But we’re also going to see how a life of faith isn’t all smooth sailing. But in the end God affirms Isaac’s faith and he will affirm our faith is we too keep trusting in Jesus, no matter the challenges we face in life.
The story of Jacob deceiving Isaac and receiving Esau’s blessing is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. But why is it in the Bible, what is God trying to teach us? This story teaches us something about human nature, how we want to do what we want more than what God wants. Or even when we want what God wants, we often take matters into our own hands. But even more this story teaches us about God’s sovereign purposes. Ultimately Isaac’s legacy isn’t about Jacob, but about Jesus. And instead of throwing off Jacob’s yoke like Esau did, we ought to take up Jesus’ yoke.