Isaac – The One Who Kept the Promise of God Alive – Part 1
Insignificant a life in the eyes of man may be, but God has great plans for everyone who loves the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Everyone may not be equally talented, capable, achieving great things, but still, God has His beautiful plan for him.
That is the story of Isaac. Many times we wonder what is that great with the faith of Isaac.
- But the author of Hebrews mentions an unusual scenario from Isaac’s life and counts him to be one of the heroes of faith. (Hebrews 11:20).
- Isaac, though considered as a Patriarch, had a very brief description here, but he found his place in this great chapter of faith.
Isaac’s unusual life teaches few important things about the journey of faith:
Isaac, the Meek and Gentle in Faith
Isaac’s faith was not an initiative faith or creative faith like Abraham’s or his son Jacob’s. His faith was more of a submissive faith—he submitted to the plan his father had for him, and he submitted to the plan his heavenly Father had for him.
Three instances of his meek and gentile faith:
- Offering of Isaac: (Genesis 22:7-10)– the whole situation was emotionally very charged, but Abraham and Isaac handled it very well because of their unwavering faith in God. Isaac meekly obliged to his father, willing to listen whatever his father told him. Because he knew that his father worshipped the living and true God. Because he knew that his father feared God. And, he too received the faith of his father.
- Choosing a life companion: (Genesis 24:63-67) – the entire narrative and scene was so meticulously planned and arranged by the Actors of Heaven. Abraham knew it; his servant Eliezer knew it; Bethuel and Laban knew it; Rebekah knew it; and finally Isaac too knew it. This is a great chapter that tells us how true faith to be exercised. And for Isaac, he, in meek and gentle submission, abided with the will and plan of his father, and most importantly, His heavenly Father. What a great lesson for our youngsters today!
- Paternal blessing: (Genesis 27:27-29, 30-40) – it was another, very emotionally charged occasion, and again the entire scene was meticulously planned and arranged by the Actors of Heaven (except the deception part). Isaac knew that he was deceived by his younger son, but most importantly, he came to terms with the ultimate divine plan in it, and meekly and gently surrendered unto the will of the Father in heaven. For a moment, perhaps Isaac was in total confusion, but suddenly he came to terms with the Sovereign plan of God (Gen 25:23). In fact, Isaac loved Esau more than Jacob, but now had to submit to the will of Heaven.
The author of Hebrews commented this faith of Isaac and counted him to be one of the heroes of faith (Heb 11:20).
When the sovereign will of God is in action, we have to tread very cautiously, willing to make adjustments to our plans and ambitions. That is true faith, meek and gentle faith!
Isaac, the Marker of Faith
Isaac’s faith, together with the faith of his father Abraham and son Jacob became the marker or indicator of God’s faithful dealings with His people.
- This means, whenever God wants to highlight His covenantal faithfulness with His people, God appears Himself in the name of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- Isaac is mentioned 35 times in the Bible with Abraham and Jacob as a forefather of Israel.
- God identifies Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3:6; 2:24; 3:1516; 4:5).
- Even today, when we want to remember God’s faithfulness, we mention the names of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- This means, Isaac’s faith was placed along with the faith of Abraham and Jacob.
It all began with the miraculous birth of Isaac. Isaac’s birth was miraculous and it marked Abraham’s and Sarah’s faith alive.
- It proved that God is a covenant keeping God.
- It proved that God is faithful to His promises.
- It proved that there is nothing, absolutely nothing impossible with God.
Not only that, Isaac was the promised child that the covenantal and Seed promise would continue through Isaac.
- Interestingly, the promise was Messianic in nature that the promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, would come through the lineage of Isaac.
- God personally reaffirmed to Isaac the covenant He promised to his father Abraham (Genesis 26:4; cf. Galatians 3:8, 16).
- Jesus tells us Isaac, with his father and son, will be seated in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:28)
The lessons we learn from Isaac’s faith are many:
- Every one of us may not be adventurous or very active in faith, but God still has a plan for everyone. We can still leave behind a marker, highlighting our faith.
- Faith does not require all the facts. Clearly Isaac was not in possession of all the facts. He had been flat out deceived. And yet, by the intentional act of blessing his son he did demonstrate faith.
Faith chooses God’s will over one’s own will. It is no small thing that Isaac chose not to repeal the blessing that he had mistakenly bestowed upon Jacob. He, by faith, accepted God’s plan, and surrendered unto it.