Bible Study Outlines

Volume 4, Lesson 5
by C.I. Scofield

The Chosen Family, Part II

True and False Heirs

The Abrahamic covenant introduces a new dispensation of promise. It must be remembered that this concerns the Abrahamic family, and that the blessings of the promises reach the Gentile only through Abraham and his seed (see Ephesians 2:11,12; Galatians 3:6-9; Romans 11:13-21). The great Gentile world goes on under the Adamic covenant (Genesis 3:14-19, and the covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:1-7). From Genesis 12 to the end of that book, we have the story of the Abrahamic family. As a narrative, it concerns Abraham's son, Isaac, his grandson, Jacob, and twelve great grandsons, the offspring of Jacob. Throughout the history of Abraham's family, false heirs were rejected.

  1. Rejected Heirs
    1. Eliezer
    2. Ishmael
      • Genesis 16:1-16 -- "Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram"
      • Genesis 21:1-14 -- "Hagar... and the child... and sent her away." The bondwoman and her son were cast out.
      • Galatians 4:22,23 -- "He of the freewoman was by promise."
        Contrast the law, a system of bondage that was typified by Ishmael, and grace, a system of freedom that was typified by Isaac.
    3. Esau
  2. Jacob becomes the heir
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