His name in Hebrew is: יצחק Yitschâq (yits-khawk’) Strongs #3327; laughter.
Abraham, Isaac’s father was 100 when Isaac was born. Therefore, Isaac lived to the
age of 60 when his sons Esau and Jacob were born. After their birth, Isaac lived
to the age of 180.
Isaac was born in the land of the Philistines in Gerar. (1)
Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born and Ishmael was 14. (2)
At the age of 5, Isaac would have been killed by his step-brother, Ishmael if Sarah
would not have caught him drawing the bow and pointing the arrow toward Isaac. (3)
Years later when Isaac was 37, Ishmael boasted to Isaac that when he was 13, he did
not complain to his father about the circumcision. However, Isaac saw that this
boasting was over such a little thing, so he told Ishmael, “if Yahvah should say
unto my father, ‘take Isaac and use him as a burnt offering,’ I would not complain
but do it with a willing and joyful heart.”
Yahvah overheard this and he wanted to try Abraham on this matter. (4)
Not long after Isaac told Ishmael this thing, Yahvah told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
The night after Yahvah told Abraham this, Isaac stayed with his mother all night
while she gave him instructions until morning, since she thought that Abraham was
going to take him to see Shem and Eber.
On the next morning, Sarah still found that it was difficult to separate herself
from her only son, and she gave Isaac instructions again until the next morning.
In the morning, Isaac, Abraham, Ishmael and Eliezer set off down the road. This
was a grievous thing for Sarah, and Sarah found it difficult to leave her only son.
After many dealings with Satan, and three days traveling, the four arrived at the
foot of Mt. Moriah. On the summit of the mountain appeared a pillar of fire and
a cloud that only Abraham and Isaac could see. Abraham knew that he and Isaac were
the only ones accepted upon the mountain. Therefore, Eliezer and Ishmael remained
behind with the ass. (7)
Upon the mountain, Isaac was that his father only had wood, fire and a knife for
the offering, but no lamb for an offering. Therefore, he inquired of it of his father,
and Abraham told Isaac that he had to be the offering instead of a lamb. However,
this wasn’t any surprise to Isaac, but Isaac accepted this part in joy and gladness.
Isaac considered it an honor to be a burnt offering to Yahvah.
Isaac requested that his father bind him tightly so that he wouldn’t spoil the offering.
Abraham did so.
Abraham and Isaac wept aloud, but their hearts rejoiced of the thing that was about
As Isaac wept, he said to his father to continue the task that Yahvah told him to
do. Therefore, Isaac stretched forth his neck on the alter and Abraham took the
knife in his hand to slay his son.
Before the blade touched Isaac, Yahvah called out to Abraham from heaven and stopped
Abraham from killing Isaac. (8)
Yahvah sent a ram to advance to Abraham to be used instead of Isaac, but Satan caught
hold of the ram and entangled its horns in a thicket so that Abraham would kill Isaac.
However, Abraham already spotted the ram, and used the ram on the alter instead
of Isaac. (9)
Upon returning home, Isaac and Abraham searched for Sarah, and found that she died
in Hebron. Abraham later bought the cave of Machpelah to bury Sarah. This cave
soon became an inheritance to Isaac. (10)
After morning for Sarah for several days, Isaac went with his father to the house
of Shem and Eber to learn the ways of Yahvah. Abraham and Isaac remained there for
three years. After the three years Abraham returned home to Beersheba, leaving Isaac
at Shem and Eber’s house. (11)
While Isaac was at Shem and Eber’s house, Abraham set Eliezar to Haran to search
for a wife for Isaac. After Eliezer had left, Abraham sent for his son to return
It is not known how long Eliezer was gone, but when he returned, he brought a first
cousin once removed of Isaac. Rebekah, the daughter of Isaac’s cousin Bethuel. Rebekah
was only ten, and Isaac was thirty years older. (13)
Throughout the whole nineteen years of being married to Rebekah, Isaac’s wife confronted
Isaac about her being barren. Therefore, Isaac and Rebekah traveled to Moriah. (Possibly
the same place where Isaac laid on the alter twenty-two years before) and Isaac prayed
to Yahvah about Rebekah’s barrenness, and Yahvah answered Isaac’s prayer. (14)
At the age of sixty, Isaac became the father of twin sons. However, the sons hated
each other even while in the womb. (15)
In the fifteenth year of Jacob and Esau, Abraham gave Isaac his inheritance, and
then died in the 75th year of the life of Isaac. (16)
Sometime after the death of Abraham, Yahvah brought a famine to the land of Canaan,
so Isaac decided to go to Egypt because of it. However, Yahvah told Isaac to go
to Gerar in Philistia, so Isaac stayed there for one whole year. (17)
When Isaac went to Gerar, Isaac pulled the same stunt his father pulled about seventy-five
years before. When people asked Isaac concerning his beautiful wife Rebekah, he
said, “She is my sister,” since he didn’t want to die because of her.
Soon, King Abimelech heard about the beautiful sister of Isaac, but he did not send
for her, but reserved the thought within himself.
At this time it is not known to where Jacob and Esau might have been, but it could
only be imagined that they may have been around.
Abimelech had Isaac and Rebekah live in a house just across from the king’s own house.
Abimelech saw Isaac sporting with Rebekah and he knew that Isaac and Rebekah were
not siblings, but were espoused to each other.
When Abimelech finished reprimanding Isaac, he made sure that all his great men and
princes take them through the streets of the city, and proclaim in all the land,
that whoever touched Isaac or Rebekah shall die since they are espoused to each other.
Isaac found favor in the sight of Abimelech and Abimelech remembered the covenant
he made with Isaac’s father. Abimelech gave Isaac the best of Gerar, he gave Isaac
fields, and vineyards to sow and harvest and eat until the famine passed in Canaan.
When the famine passed in Canaan, Yahvah told Isaac to return, at which Isaac did.
At the age of 78, Isaac sent his youngest son, Jacob to the house of Shem and Eber.
Esau stayed home since he didn’t want to go. Jacob was gone until Isaac was 110.
Isaac greatly loved his older son Esau since he brought him savory meat from the
field to eat. For this, Isaac wanted to bless Esau, so he sent Esau to the field
to hunt some venison and then return back and he would bless Esau. (21)
Isaac was stricken with blindness during his old age so that he could not see. (22)
Isaac only had to wait a short time for Esau to return, but Isaac was suspicious
of the quickness that his son took. Therefore, he asked who it was that just entered
his tent. The person that entered replied that he was Esau. However, the voice
sounded like Jacob’s. To be sure that it was Esau, he asked him to come close for
a kiss, whereupon, Isaac felt the hairy arms and neck and the smell of the field
in the garments. Isaac blessed who he thought was Esau, that he would be blessed
with the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. People
would serve him, nations would bow down to him, he would be lord over his brother,
and his brother would bow down to him. Anyone that cursed him would also be cursed,
but anyone that blessed him would also be blessed. Thus, the blessing that Isaac
gave to his son.
Isaac soon found out who he blessed was not the one that he meant to bless since
the true Esau came to his father with a joyful heart just as his brother left. Isaac
had to tell his beloved son that Jacob took the blessing, and Esau cried being only
left with ability to server his younger brother. (23)
The wives of Esau were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah, and they thought that
their lives wouldn’t be worth anything if Jacob should marry a Canaanite. Therefore,
Jacob was sent to Haran to Rebekah’s brother, Laban. (24)
At the age of 163, Isaac’s wife Rebekah died at the age of 133. Isaac died 17 years
later at the age of 180. (25)
More About Isaac:
Burial: 1673 BC in the Cave of Machpelah near Mamre