Men and Women of the Bible: Isaac

Men and Women of the Bible: Isaac

Lesson Sixteen: Isaac, The Son of Promise
Lesson Text: Genesis 22:1-18
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Isaac.
Memory Verse: Galatians 4:28


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 17, 21, 22, 25:19-28:5, and 35:27-29
  • Romans 9:6-16
  • Galatians 4:22-31
  • Hebrews 11:8-20

Fact Questions:

  1. Who is Isaac?
    Genesis 17:15-19 NKJV Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” 19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.”
    What does his name mean? 1 Cf. Genesis 17:17
    Genesis 18:12 NKJV Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
  2. What divine revelations had preceded his birth?
  3. What event in Isaac’s life helped to form his faith in God at an early age? Genesis 22
  4. What good character traits did Isaac possess?
  5. What were Isaac’s faults and shortcomings?
  6. How does Isaac measure up as a husband?
  7. What do we know of Isaac as a father?
  8. What examples can you give that demonstrate a growth in Isaac’s faith?
  9. What influence did Isaac have on those about him? cf. Genesis 26:1-33
  10. What do you consider the greatest challenge Isaac faced during his lifetime? Why?

Thought Questions:

  1. In what respects is Isaac a type of Christ?
    Hebrews 11:17-19 NKJV By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
    Galatians 3:16 NKJV Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
  2. In what respects is Isaac a type of every Christian?
    Galatians 4:28 NKJV Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
  3. How could Isaac bless Jacob and Esau “by faith” when he was deceived?
    Hebrews 11:18 NKJV of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”
  4. Compare and contrast Isaac with his father Abraham?
  5. What is the one great lesson in Isaac’s life for you?