Summary: As we compare the birth and lives of Jesus and Isaac, we can note an amazing pattern that speaks of God’s determination to intervene in human history – and his desire to intervene in your life!
Jesus and the Isaac Pattern
1. Christmas season makes us think of shopping. That brings to mind an older couple who are always holding hands. When I asked him why he always holds his wife’s had, he said, “When I let go, she shops.”
2. Someone asked a group of Jewish merchants what they do on Christmas Day to celebrate. They said they go to their shops, count the cash register, and sing, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
3. In actuality, the birth of Jesus is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Jewish culture. The birth of Isaac to Sarah and Abraham is a case in point.
Main Idea: As we compare the birth and lives of Jesus and Isaac, we can note an amazing pattern that speaks of God’s determination to intervene in human history – and his desire to intervene in your life!
I. The BIRTH of Isaac and Jesus Are Parallel
A. Both were sons of PROMISE
1. Even though Ishmael was born first, Isaac was the son of promise
Genesis 18:10 (quickview) , “ The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.”
2. Jesus is the promised Messiah born of a virgin
Matthew 2:15 (quickview)  quotes Hosea 11:1 (quickview) , “…and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
B. Both CONCEIVED miraculously
Matthew 1:18 (quickview) , “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”
1. REJUVENATION of Abraham
2. Special FORMATION of Jesus
C. Both TIMED
Illustration: Imagine a symphony where a man who clashes the symbols has no idea where to come in, so he just clangs him when he wishes….that’s how things seem…
D. Both NAMED before birth
A name is important: Luke would have been Nathan…
Genesis 17:19 (quickview) , “God said, ‘No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.’”
Matthews 1:21, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” [most important Christmas verse]
In Hebrew, Jesus name, Yeshua, and salvation, Yeshuah, are the same
Isaac, or Yitzak, means laughter (absurd birth)