Scripture: “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones,” Hebrews 11:20-22.
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Since verse 8 we have been looking at Abraham and his faith with a brief mention of Sarah. Now we come to his son, grandsons and great grandsons. The mention of Isaac was very small. His faith was merely suggested to us in that he did not resist his father when he prepared to sacrifice him at God’s command, even though he was man-big. In this verse 20 his faith is seen again in that he blessed his sons.
I. ISAAC BELIEVED IN ‘THINGS TO COME’.
1. He had an knowledge of things to come. It came from God directly to Isaac (Gen 27:26-40) and he believed God.
2.There was a difference in Isaac’s sons. Jacob was saved, Esau was not. Consider Hebrews 12:16-17. He was a ‘fornicator’ and a ‘profane’ person. He was sinful and an ungodly irreverent man. Furthermore, he cared nothing for his birthright, the blessing of God, but sold it for a ‘morsel of meat’!
3. Isaac had taught both sons the same truth. How many in the family reject the gospel which their siblings believe and divide themselves from the rest of the family!!