Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Isaac, the weak wimp became Isaac, the man of steel and strength.
Sunday, July 7, 2002
1CO 1:22 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;
1. The sign of circumcision, a sign that Abraham would perpetuate the Jewish race, GEN 17:11.
2. The sign of the virgin birth to point to the hypostatic union and the unique relationship that the Lord Jesus Christ would have with God the Father, ISA 7:14.
3. The sign of Israel becoming a nation manifested by the miracles of the ten plagues.
By faith - instrumental of means - pistei = through the instrument of doctrine.
1. Pistis = that which causes trust and faith, translated faithfulness, reliability, proof, and pledge.
2. Pistis = “faith” in the active sense of believing, translated faith, trust, and confidence.
3. Pistis = “that which is believed” or “the body of faith and belief,” translated doctrine.
He gave Esau all he could give an unbelieving son, but he could not give him the spiritual heritage.
Under the law of volitional responsibility, every human being must take responsibility for his own decisions and his own actions in life.
DEU 24:16 “Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.”
EZE 18:20 The son will not bear the punishment for the fathers iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the sons iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.
Ever since the fall in the garden of Eden, mankind has tried to ignore personal responsibility by blaming others for what happened in their life, GEN 3:12-13.
GEN 16:5 - Sarah tried to blame Abraham for Hagars pregnancy, when she was the one who promoted it.
GEN 27:36 - Esau blamed Jacob for stealing his birthright and his blessing, but Esau is the one who allowed it to happen.
EXO 32:22 - Aaron tried to blame the congregation for making the golden calf; however, he was in charge.
1SA 15:21 - Saul blamed the people before Samuel to justify his disobedience.
Isaac, the weak wimp, became Isaac, the man of steel and strength.
Only spiritual growth and maximum doctrine resident in the soul gave Isaac the objectivity and courage to stick with a major command decision.
PSA 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy doctrine: and nothing shall offend them.
1CO 11:28 But let a man examine himself,
2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test?
GAL 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
People did not know why Isaac allowed the deception to prevail, but God did and that is all that really matters.
1. EPH 5:18b “be filled with the Spirit”
2. GAL 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
PSA 19:12 Who can understand his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
If you dislike the person then there is a tendency to believe evil about them, and if they are going through something then they are under divine discipline.
We must all learn how to live our own life as unto the Lord and let others live theirs.
PSA 19:13 Also keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; Let them [the sins of presumption] not rule over me; Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Isaac had the moral courage to stand by a right decision no matter how much pressure or ridicule.
Even his own personal feelings and love did not prejudice Isaac in reversing a correct and doctrinal decision.
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