Who Was Isaac? – 1896 B.C. & Isaac

After the king made right the wrong he’d done, what happened?

“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 

For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 

And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 

And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him” (Gen 21:1-5).

“And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking (Gen 21:9).

Sarah complained to Abraham and told him to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael, so he sent them away to wander in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. 

When they ran out of water Hagar put Ismael under a bush because she figured that he’d die of thirst and she didn’t want to see it.  While Hagar was crying over the death to come she heard the angel of God” (Gen 21:10-17).

Chedorlaomer and his troops likely passed through this gate on his campaign recorded in Genesis 14. Abraham, it is thought, also passed through in his pursuit which is why it is called “Abraham’s Gate”. (Located in Dan / Caesarea Philippi)
Prior to being settled by the tribe of Dan, this region was already a mighty city named Laish. It was during this time that the Abraham and his men pursued the northern kings who had captured his nephew Lot as far as Dan (according to Genesis 14:14). The reason this gate is called “Abraham’s Gate” is because Abraham almost certainly would have had to pass through this gate in his pursuit.

“Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 

And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 

And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 

And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt” (Gen 21:18-21).

At this time Abraham is still dealing with King Abimelech and he knew that God was friends with Abraham and would take care of him, so he begged Abraham to be nice to him since he gave Sarah back to him (after God threatened him of course).

The king’s men had taken a well from Abraham and he complained, but the king denied knowing anything about it.  Abraham then dug a well and gave the king seven sheep as proof that he dug that well, and he named the place Beer-sheba (where Hagar and Ishmael had gone to). 

The king and his men then went back to the land of the Philistines.  Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba in respect to God and then he too went to live in the land of the Philistines (Gen 21:22-34).

Remember it was 25 years after God promised Abraham a child and He also told Abraham that his people/seed would have problems for 430 years (Gen 15:13).  According to dates, the scholars believe this persecution began when Isaac was five years old – 1891 B.C.

Isaac

British archaeologists said Thursday they have unearthed a sprawling complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham.

The structure, thought to be about 4,000 years old, probably served as an administrative center for Ur, around the time Abraham would have lived there before leaving for Canaan, according to the Bible.

Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, and the second patriarch of Israel, and father of Jacob and Esau.  Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah in their            old age, his name means “to laugh.”   After Isaac was weaned, his half-brother Ishmael was banished with his Egyptian mother Hagar (Gen 21:8-20), as Isaac alone was designated as Abraham’s heir.

Isaac’s destiny was confirmed when Abraham proved willing to comply with the divine command to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah.  An angel stopped Abraham from slaying Isaac and ram was offered as a substitute.  Abraham one of his servants to Mesopotamia to procure a wife for Isaac (Gen 24:1-10).

Isaac was forty years old at the time of his marriage to Rebekah, and she eventually bore him twins, Esau and Jacob (Gen 25:21-26).  Isaac became very wealthy as a farmer in Gerar, and later returned to the region of Beersheba.  In his old age, Isaac grew blind, and through a ruse by Rebekah and Jacob, gave his blessing to Jacob instead of Esau.  Isaac died at age 180, and was buried by his two sons (Gen 35:28-29).