Isaac Abraham’s son, Hebrews 11:17-20 and Genesis 25:20-34

Isaac lived 180 years from 2065BC-1885BC.
He went up Mt Moriah around 2050BC with his father Abraham, who had been commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac upon this mountain. However, God did not require this sacrifice in the end.

Isaac married Rebekah in 2025BC. They eventually had twin boys, Esau and Jacob.

Isaac ordered Jacob the younger twin, to take a wife among the daughters of Laban, his mother’s brother.

Background Reading:

11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered Isaac—he who had received the promises was about to offer his unique son in sacrifice, 18 about whom it had been said, “It is through Isaac that descendants will be named for you.” 19 Abraham was certain that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did get Isaac back in this way.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
Hebrews 11:17-20

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Jacob and Esau Abraham’s sons

20 Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the Aramean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Later, Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, since she was unable to conceive children, and the LORD responded to him—his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

22 But when the infants kept on wrestling each other inside her womb, she asked herself, “Why is this happening?” So she asked the LORD for an explanation.

23 “Two nations are in your womb,” the LORD responded, “and two separate people will emerge. One people will be the stronger, and the older one will serve the younger.”

24 Sure enough, when her due date arrived, she delivered twin sons. 25 The first son came out reddish—his entire body was covered with hair—so they named him Esau. 26 After that, his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, so they named him Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

Esau Sells His Rights as the First-born Son

27 As the boys were growing up, Esau became skilled at hunting and was a man of the outdoors, but Jacob was the quiet type who tended to stay indoors. 28 Isaac loved Esau, because he loved to hunt, while Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 One day, while Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau happened to come in from being outdoors, and he was feeling famished.

30 Esau told Jacob, “Let me gobble down some of this red stuff, since I’m starving.” (That’s how Esau got his nickname “Edom”.)

31 But Jacob responded, “Sell me your birthright. Do it now.”

32 “Look! I’m about to die,” Esau replied. “What good is this birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob insisted, “Swear it by an oath right now.” So he swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some of his food, along with some boiled stew. So Esau ate, drank, got up, and left, after having belittled his own birthright.
Genesis 25:20-34

Also read Genesis 21:1-27:40

More Information:

Isaac Abraham’s son of promise.
Isaac, which in Hebrew means laughter, because he was miraculously born to a joyful Abraham and Sarah when they were too old to have children.
Second of seven persons named before their birth.


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