Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Isaac entered God's hall of fame for taking a stand on Bible Doctrine.
Friday, April 3, 2009
He finally reached spiritual maturity and supergrace, and he was a strong supergrace believer when he was deceived by his wife Rebecca and by his younger twin son Jacob.
So through doctrine resident in the soul he recognized that giving the blessing to Jacob was the will of God.
It takes a great man to learn from being deceived that something was the will of God and not to get bitter about it.
1. Isaac’s acceptance of the disappointment of Jacob getting the blessing over his favorite son Esau demonstrates to us the way in which we ought to bear the consequences of making wrong decisions.
2. Many times the Lord will allow people who are close to us to hurt us even if it’s unintentionally on their part, for the purpose of guiding us into the correct path.
GEN 50:20 “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
3. The Lord can turn the curse of deception and the wrath of man into a situation which can ultimately bring glory to Himself -
PSA 76:10 For the wrath of man shall praise Thee;
2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.
4. Esau only saw the deceiver Jacob and vowed to be revenged; Isaac saw God in the matter and trembled because he almost made the wrong decision.
5. We should be able to bear the pain inflicted upon us by others when we see that they are merely the instruments of a divine blessing or divine chastisement.
6. To this day the method of Rebekah and Jacob is largely adopted by religious people who believe that the ends justifies the means.
ROM 3:8 - “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just.
JOH 16:2-3 “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me.”
7. The destiny of all the attempts to try to play God or manage God’s affairs by deception or misrepresentation is brought out by the scheme of Rebekah and Jacob.
8. God had promised that the birthright would be Jacob’s, and God would have given it to him at the proper time, but their timing did not line up with God’s timing.
GEN 47:9 So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life,”
9. The sin of Rebekah and Jacob was the sin of blaming God for forgetting His promise or accusing Him of being unable to perform it.
10. While each member of Isaac’s family tried their own plans, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau, the result was that God’s purpose was still accomplished.