by Steve Wagers

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Isaac: Unmentionable Faith (5 of 12)
Series: Fantastic Faith
Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 11:20
February 20, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Submission He Displays!
A) A Birth so Miraculous
B) A Behavior so Marvelous
2. The Salvation He Depicts!
A) The Father's Will in Seeking a Bride
1) The Father's Interest
2) The Father's Initiative
3) The Father's Instruction
B) The Servant's Work in Securing a Bride
1) Invitation
2) Information
3) Impartation
C) The Son's Wait in Seeing a Bride
1) He Meets His Bride
2) He Marries His Bride
3. The Sovereignty He Declares!
A) His Recollection of the Past
B) His Recommendation for the Future

The man by the name of Isaac is lodged between Abraham and Jacob, somewhat unseen, unnoticed and unmentioned. Yet, ironically, Isaac lived longer than any of the other patriarchs; but, he is the least known among them. The life of Isaac is most noted for 5 distinct things.

1) He is the "son of promise" to Abraham
2) He marries Rebekkah at age 36
3) He gave birth to the 1st twins of the Bible (Jacob and Esau)
4) He was the heir of everything that belonged to his father, Abraham
5) He was different from all of the other sons of Abraham; in that, God would fulfill His promise through the seed of Isaac.

In the Hall of Faith of Hebrews 11, God inspires the writer to devote only 1 verse to the life of Isaac. It is for that reason that I refer to it as "unmentionable faith," because not much else is mentioned about the faith of a man who was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In order to better understand the Hebrews 11:20, the only verse that mentions the faith of Isaac, we must turn back to Genesis 24. It is the story of a father and a son, a servant and a master, and a groom and a bride.

The main characters are Abraham, Isaac, Rebekkah, and the unnamed servant of Abraham. Abraham is 140 years old and his son Isaac is 36. Abraham is in search of a bride for his son. It is this episode that most g ...

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