Second son - Isaac

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In the second son theme, the second son receives the inheritance that the first son loses. Isaac is literally a second son, and he is a second son by way of riddle. Isaac tells us something about Christ as the second Adam that we did not yet see in Abraham. Isaac is the third 'second' in Matthews list of records.

Isaac the literal second son

Ishmael was the first born child of Abram. He was born before Abram became Abraham. A change of name does not make him literally, not a child of Abraham, but Isaac is called the only begotten son of Abraham. [1] Literally, Isaac remained the second son of Abraham. In the role of the second son, he obtained the inheritance that Ishmael literally lost. [2]

Isaac the riddle second son

The keys to teaching (the kingdom of heaven) are the symbols of the cross. For Isaac, the obvious one is when he is placed on the altar as the sacrifice. [3] Prior to that moment he represents the first son who dies desolate. The fact that he didn't die, is a symbol of his resurrection. After that moment he is he second son who is fruitful [4] and receives the inheritance.

Isaac's keys

Isaac was threatened with death but survived.(at the hand of Abraham)

The Ram was a substitutionary death.

He is the usurping second son to Ishmael.

Isaac was snatched up [5]

Threatened with death but did not die [6]

Underground three times:

First well [7] and called it "contention" (Esek).
Second well [8] he called "enmity, accuser. (Satan)
Third well [9] and named it "wide street".

And right after God blessed him to be fruitful. [10]

Fourth well [11] he called oath (Sheba) [12]

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  1. Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son],
  2. Ge 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
  3. Ge 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
  4. Ge 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac [was] threescore years old when she bare them.
  5. Ge 26:6 ¶ And Isaac dwelt in Gerar [drag away]:
  6. Ge 26:7 And the men of the place asked [him] of his wife; and he said, She [is] my sister: for he feared to say, [She is] my wife; lest, [said he], the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she [was] fair to look upon.
  7. Ge 26:19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
  8. Ge 26:21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.
  9. Ge 26:22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
  10. Ge 26:24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I [am] the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I [am] with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
  11. Ge 26:33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city [is] Beersheba unto this day.
  12. Ge 26:33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city [is] Beersheba unto this day.