Read: Genesis 27:1-46
I wonder what it was like growing up in Abraham’s household. You know, “father Abraham” who “had many sons.” (Remember the song “. . . right arm, left arm, nod your head . . .”?)
Although he had a half-brother, Isaac basically grew up as an only child. He grew up as the only child of the man who would become the father of the entire nation of Israel, the man whose faith led him through foreign lands. The man who had been chosen by God to receive promise after impossible promise only to see each fulfilled by the One True God. I wonder at what moment Isaac’s faith became his own.
I wonder what it was like to walk down that mountain after having been bound by his father as an almost- sacrifice and then saved by the very voice of God (Gen. 22). I’ll bet that was some worship service they had, just the two of them, thanking and praising God as they offered the ram that He so perfectly provided. And then Isaac got to witness firsthand the reaffirming of the LORD’s covenant promise to his own father, the promise that began the nation of God’s chosen people (Gen. 12:2-3).
“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Gen. 22:17-18).
Indeed, “Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac” (Gen. 25:5), Not the least of which was his faith in the I AM God.
So when it came time for Isaac to pass on a blessing to his own son, he did not leave anything to chance. For the blessing came from the promise.
“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed . . .” (Gen. 26:4).
And in faith Isaac spoke his faith in his blessing.
“May God give you . . . an abundance . . .”
“. . . May nations serve you . . .”
“. . . May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”
He trusted Him who had made the promise and passed it on to the next generation.
Makes me stop and think about what I am passing on. How about you?