Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 11

This entry is part 11 of 39 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 10: Abraham finally has the son God has promised him in his old age; 100 years old. Isaac grows to be a strong boy. God tempts Abraham and tells him to go up on the mountain and give Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham is obedient. When asked by Isaac where the lamb was, Abraham responds: “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8). An angel stops Abraham from cutting his sons throat and warns him not to harm Isaac. Now God knew the obedience of Abraham and he blesses him in verses 15-22.

Part 11

Eliezer of Damascus, was the chief servant in Abraham’s house. Abraham made him swear an oath to bring Isaac a wife from the children of his people. “thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac” (Genesis 24:3-4). Eliezer prays and asks for Gods assistance with this great task. “And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out” (v.15). God gave Eliezer blessings while making the arrangements and also when he later returned to his master with Rebekah. “And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death” (vs. 66-67).

“And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived” (Genesis 25:21). “And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when

she bare them” (Vs. 24-26).

Isaac walked with his father Abraham to a mountain carrying the wood for the sacrifice, was later bound and placed on the alter, was nearly killed by his father, but stopped by an angel. Isaac surely was afraid of these events, but we never see his struggle. To be sacrificed by your own father must have changed their relationship a bit. I am sure Isaac was told the entirety of the story, after the fact, and agreed with what needed to be done, but I’m sure he was on edge around his father after that. We next see Isaac mourning the loss of his mother and was comforted by nothing. After some time, while meditating in the field, he sees camels approaching. Eliezer returns from Canaan with Rebekah. He wastes no time but is comforted by this woman “and he loved her” (Genesis 24:67). He changes roles several times. Isaac is a boy at first, becomes a man, becomes a husband, and later a father. These life events impact you dearly and positively. We also see the negative,

when he must cope with the death of his mother Sarah and later with the loss of Abraham his father.

Isaac’s children Esau and Jacob made an arrangement. Jacob gave unto Esau some of his lentils and Esau gave Jacob his birth right. “And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob” (Genesis 25:33). Was Isaac their father aware of this arrangement? We see later that Isaac wanted to give Esau the blessings of God but is tricked. Would he have given the blessing to Esau had he known their arrangement? When Esau is 40 years old he takes 2 wives. “And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah” (Genesis 26:34-35). Was Isaac thrilled with decisions his children are making? This is why the task of parenthood is so important as a Christian. Our children are aware of every decision we make. We are their only example of how to live this life. And it is essential to

show them Christ. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

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