Coachlight Bible Study – Genesis Lesson 35

What A Sovereign God Desires of His People – Genesis 25

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We have seen so far that in the story of his early life, Isaac was a most perfect type of Christ:


Isaac a Type of Christ in Birth, Death, And Resurrection


Isaac’s birth was miraculous – against nature – Genesis 18:11; Romans 4: 18-19; Hebrews 11:11

Christ was born of a virgin – against nature - Matthew 1:20&21; Isaiah 7:14

Isaac was promised long before he was born – 25 years went by - Genesis 12:1-3

Jesus was promised many, many years before. – 4000 years went by Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14

Isaac’s birth seemed delayed, but He was born at God’s appointed time. - Genesis 21:1&2

His birth seemed delayed, but He was born at God’s appointed time.- Galatians 4:4

Isaac’s name was announced before he was born - Genesis 17:19

Jesus’name was announced before he was born - Matthew 1:20&21

Abraham was confused when God promised him a son in his old age, his wife was passed the years of child bearing. - Genesis 17:15-17

When Joseph found Mary with child, he was equally confused, his wife not being with a man - Matthew 1:19-20

Sarah, before her supernaturally conceived son was born, thought it to be impossible – Genesis 18:13

Mary, before her supernaturally conceived son was born, thought it to be impossible - Luke 1:34

The Angel – (God) – announced to Sarah Genesis 18:14:  “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?”

The angel announced to Mary Luke 1:37  For with God nothing shall be impossible.

The father’s beloved son - Genesis 22:2 “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest…”(Hebrews 11:17-18)

The Father’s beloved Son Luke 3:22 “… ‘Thou art my beloved Son;  in thee I am well pleased.” (John 3:16)

God’s chosen  place was Mt. Moriah - Genesis 22:2

Moriah is in the same place as Mt. Calvary - II Chronicles 3:1

For three days, in Abraham’s mind, Isaac was as good as dead, because it was a three day journey to Moriah. - Genesis 22: 4; Hebrews 11: 12-13

“…that he was buried and that he rose again the third day, according  to the Scriptures. I Corinthians 15:3-4

The entire transaction was solely between father and son. – Only Abraham and Isaac went up the Mount Genesis 22:5

The last three hours no human saw what happened between Father & Son - Matthew 27:45-46

Isaac carried the wood upon which he would be sacrificed - Genesis 22:6

Jesus carried the cross upon which He would be sacrificed - John 19:17

The sacrificial lamb was provided by God - Genesis 22:8 

The Sacrificial Lamb was provided by God- John 1:29

A figure of substitution - double type – Isaac and the ram - Genesis 22:13

A true substitution - Isaiah 53:5,6; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24

Isaac rose from the altar a type of resurrection - Genesis 2:13;Hebrews11:19

“… he rose again the third day, according  to the Scriptures. I Corinthians 15:3-4

Genesis 22:14“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”

John 8:56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.”

In the search for the bride, we see Isaac, a type of Christ awaiting union with His bride as she comes to Him, and in the meantime preparing a place for her. (John 14:3), as she approaches.  Rebekah represents the Church, the chaste Bride (II Corinthians 11:2), who is preparing to meet her heavenly Bridegroom (John 3:29; Romans 7:4).  There are various ways in which Rebekah foreshadows the Christian believer.  For example: (1) her marriage was planned long before she knew about it (Ephesians 1:3-4); (2) she was necessary for the accomplishment and completion of God’s purpose (Ephesians 1:22-23); (3) she was to share the glory of the son (John 17:22-23); (4) she learned of the son through his emissary and her paraclete; (5) she immediately left all, to go to the son, loving him before she saw him, and rejoicing with unspeakable joy (I Peter 1:8); (6) she journeyed through the wilderness to meet him, guided by his servant (I Peter 1:3-9); (7) she was loved by, and finily united forever to, the son (Ephesians 5:26-27; Revelation 19:7; I Thessalonians 4:17).



Isaac – A Type of Christ   -   The Bridegroom Cometh

Getting The Bride For Isaac

Gathering the Bride of Christ

Isaac’s record leaves him still on Mt. Moriah after being sacrificed – absent at his mother’s funeral, appears again when the bride has appeared

Christ was crucified, died, buried, resurrected and translated, but appears again at the rapture of the bride -  John 16:10

Sarah dies and set in a tomb

The Nation of Israel is “set aside”

Isaac the only begotten son of Abraham -

Jesus the only begotten son of Abraham

After the sacrifice, Abraham sent Elieser to teach the bride about Christ – Genesis

After the sacrifice, The Father sent the Holy Ghost to teach the bride about Christ  John 16:7-14

Rebekah had to trust Eliezer to guide her on the journey to Isaac

We must trust the Spirit to guide us on our journey

All the way, Eliezer talks, not of Himself, but only Isaac

All the way, the Servant talks, not of Himself, but only of Him whom we are going to meet. – John 16:13

Rebekah had to take Eliezer’s description of Isaac by faith, with evidence of jewels for a reward

We, too must take the Word’s description of Christ by faith, with crowns as reward


We will find that not much is written in the Bible about Isaac, except what we have seen.  This serves top make the type seem almost perfect.  Isaac is usually referred to as the son of Abraham or the father of Jacob.

In this lesson we will see the hand of a sovereign God as He chooses which person will receive the blessings of the Covenant and the inheritance, as well as what He desires of the chosen one.


I. The Sons Of Abraham


Abraham was 140 years old when Isaac married Rebekah, and his ability to have children must have continued for at least another 10 years after that.

Genesis 25:1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

Genesis 25:2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

Genesis 25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

Genesis 25:4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.


A. Abraham’s Second wife was Keturah

1. Keturah had six of Abraham’s kids

a. Zimram

b. Jokshan had two kids

1. Sheba

2. Dedan had three kids

a. Asshurim

b. Lefushim

c. Leumim

c. Medan

d. Midian had six kids

1. Ephah

2. Epher

3. Epher

4. Hanoch

5. Abidah

6. Eldah

e. Ishbak

f. Shuah

2. Keturah  is called a concubine in I Chronicles 1:32 - This is to distinguish her from Sarah, the mother of the promised one

3. The Midianites are sometimes in Scripture:

a. Aligned with the Ishmaelites (Genesis 37:25; 27,28,36)

b. Aligned with th4e Moabites (Numbers 25:1; 6:15)

c. Aligned with the Amalakites (Judges 6:3)


Genesis 25:5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

Genesis 25:6  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

B. The sons of Abraham’s concubines sent away from Isaac – To the east country

1. Isaac received Abraham’s wealth

2. The sons of his concubines receive gifts

3. Through millennia of intermarriages, these became the modern day Arabs

a. Together with the descendants of Ismael

b. Together with descendants of Lot

c. Together with the descendants of Esah

d. Together with the descendants of Shem and Ham


Genesis 25:7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

Genesis 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

Genesis 25:9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

Genesis 25:10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

Genesis 25:11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.


C. Abraham’s Bosom

1. Abraham dies at age 175

2. Abraham was also “Gathered unto his people”

a. Verses 9-10 tell us that Abraham was buried in the cave that he purchased for Sarah

b. None of Abraham’s ancestors were buried in the cave of Machpelah

c. This then must refer to Abraham’s life after death along with his ancestors.

d. Christ, 1900 years later, called this Abraham’s Bosom

3. Notice that both Isaac and ismael are officiating at the funeral – their rift must have healed


Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;


D. Isaac, now, is the only surviving link in the Messianic line

1. Isaac was Abraham’s heir

2. God had blessed Abraham

3. God would now bless Isaac


E. The Son’s of Ismael


Genesis 25:2 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham:

Genesis 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

Genesis 25:14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,

Genesis 25:15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: {Hadar: or, Hadad}

Genesis 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

Genesis 25:17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.

Genesis 25:18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren. {died: Heb. fell}


1. Twelve Princes By Their Names, Castles – Twelve Princes According To Their Nations

a. Nebojoth

b. Kedar

c. Adbeel

d. Mibsam

e. Mishma

f. Dumah

g. Massa

h. Hadar

i. Tema

j. Jetur

k. Naphish

l. Kedemah

2. They all dwelt from Havilah (Means sandy), unto Shur that is before Egypt as thou goest toward Assyria.

3. Ishmael died at 137 years old in the presence of all his brethren


II. The Birthright

A. The Birth of Jacob & Esau

1. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah

2. There would be another 20 years before they had children

3. Like Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah made it a time of waiting on the Lord and seeking Him

4. Rebekah is said to be from Syria, and her people are said to be Syrians

a. The word in Hebrew is Aram – Aramineans

b. Aram was a son of Shem

c. Rebekah’s family were Semites

d. Rebekah is said to have lived in Pandamaram – (The Plain of Aram)

5. Twenty years of barrenness finally drove them to prayer

B. God desires us to pray for the supply of our needs, even though He has already promised to send them

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


1. Don’t be hypocrites – Matthew 6:5

a. They like to be seen of men

b. They already have their reward

2. Don’t be like the Heathen – Matthew 6:7

a. Don’t use vain repetitions

b. They think they will be heard if they use a lot of words

3. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him – Matthew 6:6, 8

a. Pray to the Father in secret

b. He will reward you openly

C. The Father will provide if you ask, seek, and knock


Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

Matthew 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?


D. Can we notice the connotation of desire on the part of God’s servant?

1. Isaac desired the promises of God and he entreated the Lord on behalf of his wife.

2. God entreated Isaac and Rebekah conceived – Not one, but two!


Ephesians 3:13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,


E. The Struggle In The Womb

Genesis 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

F. The Lord’s Answer

Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.


1. The twins each had a different and antagonistic temperament

2. The Nations which they would establish would inherit these temperaments

3. The struggle that began in her womb would continue throughout history

4. Which will prevail? – The elder will serve the younger

a. The younger will inherit the covenant & inheritance

b. God doesn’t necessarily work in the way of man’s customs

c. In the Messianic line neither Seth, Isaac, Jacob, Judah or David were first born of the father


Romans 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Romans 9:9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

Romans 9:10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Romans 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. {elder: or, greater} {younger: or, lesser}

Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.