'Week 1

Tuesday Reflection

1st December 2020

'he laughed'

Isaac is one of the few cases
in the Bible
in which God selected
a name for a child
and announced it
before he was born.

Isaac's beautiful
and suggestive name,
meaning "he laughed",
commemorates the two
incidents of laughing
at the promise of God -

the laughing of
Sarah's incredulity,
when she was told that
she would have a child,
which soon passed into
penitence and faith
(Gen. 21:6).

And Abraham falling
on his face
and laughing in joy
at God's promise
of a child
in his old age
(Genesis 17:17).

Isaac was the child
of the covenant,

"I will establish
 My covenant with him."

(Gen 17:22)

The three patriarchs
in succession
were specifically given
this covenant:
to Abraham,
as he left Chaldea
(Gen. 12:3);

to Isaac,
when in Canaan
during the famine
(Gen. 26:4)

and to Jacob,
at Bethel
(Gen. 28:14).

Isaac, however,
was the first
to inherit the covenant,
God gave to him
the whole inheritance
of Abraham
(Gen. 24:35).

We have no record of
Isaac's early life
apart from the fact that
he was circumcised
when eight days of age
(Gen. 21:4).

Doubtless as a boy
he became God's child
in heart and life,
very aware of the covenant
to which he was heir.

When he was taken
from Beer-sheba
to the land of Moriah,
where Abraham
presented him to God,
we see Abraham's
unquestioning faith
in his submission
to God's command;

to give up his only son
as the sacrifice,
we must not forget
Isaac's supreme confidence
in his father
and also his willing
consent to become
the victim.

In Isaac we have a pointer
to Jesus who
gave Himself for our sins.

From the day of his
surrender to death,
Isaac became
a dedicated man.

Isaac was thirty-six
when his mother
Sarah died;
he deeply mourned
her death
but was comforted
when he took Rebekah
as his wife to help fill
the vacant place in his heart.

Isaac was the only one
of the patriarchs
who had only one wife.

It is perfectly clear
from the Biblical story
that Isaac left the choice
of his wife to God.

When the caravan bearing
Rebekah neared home,
Isaac was in the fields
meditating and praying
(Gen. 24:63).

For many years
Isaac and Rebekah
were childless,
but God heard
Isaac's prayers
and Rebekah gave
birth to twins,
Jacob and Esau.

Isaac seems to have
outlived his wife
and for some fifty years
Isaac was almost blind.

He died at the age
of 180 (Gen. 35:28),
a sad and pitiful
example of God's
chosen one.

The character of Isaac,
beautiful though it was
in many ways,
had a few imperfections.

He followed his father,
in deceitfulness when
he called his wife,
his sister, and
cheating his elder
brother Esau
out of his father's
Isaac rebelled against
the Lord's purpose.

Among the admirable
features of his character,
was Isaac's prayer life
and commitment to peace;
and his deep devotion,
instinctive trust
and faith in God.

How do we measure up to
Isaac's admirable character?

How strong is our faith
and prayer life?
Our instinctive trust
and faith in God?

Are we ready to submit
to God's will
(whilst not actually going
to into the flames!)
by giving our time
and talents to help others?