New Men

Noah is clearly a new Adam, with charge over the animals, the sole fatherhood of mankind, and the repeated dominion mandate. He comes out of the waters and enters into a new creation.  He ends his life sleeping in a garden.  To top it off, his sons have a conflict with one another.

Abraham is a new Noah. He emerges, from nowhere, amidst genealogies, to serve as the father of the people of God, his company being a sort of Ark of salvation to the flooded world.

Isaac becomes a new Abraham, as he (re)deceives Abimelech through his sister/wife and takes over the headship of the promised line. He has two sons, a natural and a spiritual one, who fight with one another.

Jacob becomes a new Isaac, as I mentioned in the previous post, and I believe we’ve got ourselves a pattern.

There are other ways in which each of these men is a new Adam. Certainly Abraham’s task is to begin solving the Adamic problem. Isaac and Rebekah become a new Adam and Eve. Jacob at Bethel begins the entrance back into Eden, as he lays the first stone for the temple.

Perhaps we’ll see Joseph redeeming some part of the Adamic fall…

New Isaac, New Abraham

Jacob’s meeting Rachel at a well in Gen. 29 is a direct recapitulation of Isaac’s servant’s encounter with Rebekah just five chapters earlier. In both accounts the promised son is taking his cousin for a wife, and in both accounts the woman is very beautiful.

Unfortunately for Jacob, Laban deceives him, giving him the wrong daughter in marriage. Jacob wanted the younger, but the older, weaker daughter would have been skipped, and this was not something Laban could allow for. Laban, like Isaac, wants the firstborn to receive the blessing.

The two wives begin competing with each other, however, and as they employ their own cunning, as well as their handmaidens to produce children, we see that Jacob is a new and accelerated Abraham. He will also go on to be the “big daddy” of the tribes of Israel with the promised son who is persecuted by the other siblings.