by Jerry Vines

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Isaac's Wells (21 of 34)
Jerry Vines
Genesis 26:17-19

In the Bible, you will find a recurring phrase mentioned, "of the God, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." These are three of the great men of faith as recorded for us in God's Word. They are the faithful men of God that God used to carry on the promises of God which ultimately consummated in the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
Isaac is the middle one of that phrase. "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."
I introduced Isaac for you last Sunday night and I said to you that there are two words which come to mind when we think about Isaac. The words are ordinary and overshadowed. In a real way, Isaac was overshadowed. He was the ordinary son of an extraordinary father, Abraham. He was the ordinary father of an extraordinary son, Jacob. Rather ordinary when you read his life.
By the way, I think this is an encouragement to us because it says to us that you don't have to be extraordinary to be used of God. You can be an ordinary, plain, vanilla, every day kind of person and God can use you and bless you and work through you.
When you study the life of Isaac you will discover that he was very much a son of his father. In fact, I had never noticed it until I was working on this particular chapter, how many times his father Abraham is referred to.
In verse 15 it talks about, "all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father and the Philistines had stopped them." In verse 18 it talks about, "they digged in the days of Abraham his father." At the end of the verse, "By the name which his father had called him."
Sigmund Freud said the most important day in a man's life is the day his father dies. There are many things Freud said that I do not believe are correct, but I think he is correct on this one. The influence of a father on a son is a very important matter. In fact, the influence of a father on his son and also his daughters is very important. There have ...

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