Who was Isaac in the Bible?
Here's the answer:
Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah.
The name Isaac means “he laughs.” This name came from Abraham and Sarah laughing at the thought of having a baby when she was 90 years old and Abraham was 100 years old (Genesis 17:17). As a kid, Isaac was walking with his dad to go to offer a sacrifice. What Isaac didn’t know was that he was going to be the sacrifice. God had told Abraham to offer Isaac to test his obedience and faith.
Right before Abraham offers his son in sacrifice, the angel of the Lord stops him (Genesis 22:10-12). This showed how much faith Abraham had and his obedience to God. We are not told how Isaac felt about what was happening, but he most likely would have been scared. It could have promoted Isaac to also live in obedience to God.
Sarah died when Isaac was in his thirties. After his mother’s passing, his father arranged for him to get married. Isaac marries Rebekah and she was a source of comfort for him after his mother died (Genesis 24:67; 25:20). Isaac and Rebekah had twins named Esau and Jacob. Isaac’s favorite was Esau and Rebekah’s favorite was Jacob. This led to rivalry between the two, which shows us it’s never good to show favoritism.
"Abraham fell with his face to the ground. He laughed and said to himself, 'Can a 100-year-old man have a son? Can Sarah have a child at the age of 90?'" (Genesis 17:17).
"So she laughed to herself. She thought, 'I’m worn out, and my husband is old. Can I really know the joy of having a baby?'" (Genesis 18:12).
"Isaac brought Rebekah into the tent that had belonged to his mother Sarah. And he married Rebekah. She became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother died" (Genesis 24:67).