Isaac the Man of Faith

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ISAAC

Genesis (17), 21-35 (Hebrews 11)

Isaac, the miracle son of Abraham and Sarah was named after the seeming joke, that God would provide them a son in their exceedingly old age!

 

So the OAP’s laughed.  But when Isaac was born, he became the living embodiment of this great divine joke-promise.

 

I’ve not really got on that well with Isaac.

Between you and me, I’ve always found him a bit boring.

And he seems to like digging wells.

References to digging wells and drinking water litter Isaac’s story.

And this might tell us something else of his character.

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Barak the Man of Faith

BARAK

Judges 4 & 5 (1 Sam 12:11 & Heb 11:32)

 

The story of Barak is intertwined with Deborah, the incredible Judge and Prophetess of pre-Monarchy Israel.  

 

When Hebrews 11:32 names Barak, the author is recalling Judges 4 & 5.

 

The Book of Judges operates in repeating cycles:

  1. The people forget God
  2. The people fall into the sin of idolatry
  3. Their regional enemies oppress and enslave them
  4. They cry out to God for help and he sends a judge, a saviour.

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