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If you’re like me, you probably rush through the “begats” or the lineages of the Bible, but they become important and really demonstrate how the Bible weaves together.
We began with Adam. Adam had Cain, and then Abel. We saw that Cain killed Abel, and the Adam and Eve had another son they named Seth. It is through the line of Seth that we get to Noah.
Noah had three sons, Japheth, Ham, and Shem, and they all survive the flood. We followed the lineage and found that it is through Shem that we get to Abraham.
When we speak of Abraham there are several highlights that we can touch on so far:
Called by God
to get up and go to where God will show him.
Abraham and Sarah are elderly and his wife is barren
God makes all kinds o promises to Abraham:
many descendants
relationship with God
His presence
the nations will be blessed by his seed.
he will be the father of many nations
kings will come from his line.
Abraham believes that God will perform what He has promised
Genesis 15:6 ESV
And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Does Abraham believe God, YES and NO we talked about that before.
5. God justifies Abraham on account of his faith — it is the GIFT of God by His GRACE
6. God continues to make a promise go Abraham by making his Covenant with Abraham.
7. Circumcision becomes the sign of the covenant.
8. We get to Isaac - the promised son of Abraham - not his first born, not born of the flesh, but born of the promise.
Remember that Sarah had given her Egyptian slave Hagar to Abraham that he might be the father of nations as God had said. But God lets them know that Hagar’s son Ishmael is not the child promised. Finally they conceive some 25 years after the promise was made and Isaac is born. Isaac then is the child of the promise; Ishmael is the child of the flesh.
But again we see God’s grace in that God makes Ishmael the father of a nation.
9. Abraham offers up his beloved son, but God provides
And that’s where we left off last week. And we had the phrase: “God provides what God requires.”

God provides what God requires

A powerful statement. And one of the things we’ve been learning along the way is that God is the one in control - even when the circumstances are not what people want, God is in control.
Today, we’re going to continue on with Isaac, and the children of the promise.
Remember Sarah had been barren, but God has promised her a son.
When we get to Isaac and his wife Rebekah, we discover that she too is barren.
Genesis 25:21 ESV
And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Rebekah has two sons, Esau and Jacob. But Jacob becomes the one that the covenant is established with. This idea of barrenness repeats itself, and it is not only repeats itself here, but also with Jacob. First he works for Laban that he might be able to marry Rachel, but he gives her Leah instead. Leah bears Jacob four sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. Then when he finally gets Rachel, she’s barren, and so she gives Jacob her servant Bilhah bears him Dan, and Naphtali. Now there seems to be a competition and Leah gives her servant Zilpah to Jacob and she bears him, Gad and Asher.
Then, Leah has children again bearing him Issachar and Zebulun, and also a daughter named Dinah.
Finally, as if it was too late God remember Rachel, and she bears Jacob Joseph.
Sometime later, Rachel gives birth to Benjamin, but we haven’t gotten there yet.
No in this process, remember the lineage here:
Adam -> Seth -> Noah -> Shem -> Abraham -> Isaac -> Jacob
And it’s Jacob who has all these sons, 11 of them at this point.
We see history repeating itself -


we’ve talked about Barrenness, we’ve talked about trying to help God out.
What we haven’t talked about is a pattern of deception:


Abraham and Sarah - going to Egypt - Pretend to be my sister.
Abraham and Sarah - going to Negeb - Pretend to be my sister
Isaac and Rebekah - settling in Gerar - Pretend to be my sister.
Jacob deceiving his father Isaac with his mother’s help to get Isaac’s blessing.

Birth Order

It’s not the first born that is necessarily chosen:
Ishamael was the first born, but he was a child of the flesh.
Isaac was the child of the promise.
It’s not
Esau - the first born, it is Jacob who is the child of the promise.


What is your legacy?
Think of your family, and where do you see history repeating itself.
It not only repeats itself with health issues - like barenness
Social status

What is your legacy?

What in your family do you want to continue?
What would you like to change?
What chains need to be broken?
What steps can you take today that will impact your legacy for tomorrow.
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