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This was the name of a biblical man and a place (named after him). His name appears 128 times in Scripture. In later times, the name “Isaac” was used as a synonym for Israel, or the kingdom of the ten tribes (see: Amos 7:9, 16).
Isaac was the only son of Abraham by Sarah. He was the longest lived of the 3 patriarchs (Genesis 21:1-3). He was circumcised when 8 days old (4-7); and when he was probably 2 years old a great feast was held in connection with his being weaned.
After the death and burial of his father he took up his residence at Beer-lahai-roi (25:7-11), where his two sons, Esau and Jacob, were born (21-26), the former of whom seems to have been his favorite son (27,28).
Because of a famine (Genesis 26:1), Isaac went to Gerar, where he lied about his relation to Rebekah, imitating the conduct of his father in Egypt (12:12-20) and in Gerar (20:2). The Philistine king rebuked him for his prevarication.
After sojourning for some time in the land of the Philistines, he returned to Beersheba, where God gave him fresh assurance of covenant blessing, and where Abimelech entered into a covenant of peace with him.
In the New Testament, reference is made to his having been “offered up” by his father (Hebrews 11:17; James 2:21), and to his blessing his sons (Hebrews 11:20). As the child of promise, he is contrasted with Ishmael (Romans 9:7,10; Galatians 4:28; Hebrews 11:18).
His life was so quiet and uneventful that it was spent…