In this teaching, Ross covers Genesis 25:19-26:35. The focus of our ongoing study shifts to Isaac in this portion from the ancient triennial Torah cycle of readings. The story begins with the fact that Rebekah is barren. Ross points out that Sarah, Rebekah, and later Rachel, are all barren. What does this teach us? In our story today, Isaac prays on behalf of his wife and his prayer is answered, but how long does it take? People often expect their prayers to be answered immediately, but Ross shows that this is not even the case with people mentioned in the Bible. He works through the story, covering the details of the differences between Isaac and Rebekah’s twin sons Esau and Jacob. He also brings in two prophetic passages that speak of the sons of Isaac. This class is foundational in our ongoing study in the lives of the patriarchs.
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