The Lord appeared to Isaac and said... live in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and your descendants I will give all these lands...

Genesis 26:1-3


Reading: Genesis 18:19, Genesis 22:6-19, Genesis 24:1-67, Genesis 26:1-16.

Today we read about Abraham’s descendant, Isaac. Isaac and Rebekah’s story is also related to the Promise, because he is the “seed” of his father Abraham - all of the blessing was passed on to him as the next generation of faith. This is a wonderful example of how children and even extended generations can be blessed when one generation models true trust in God.

Yesterday we began looking at the time when Abraham was tested when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, the child of promise. We must not think of Isaac as a toddler, who did not know what was going on. Isaac carried a load of wood on his back to the sacrifice site; this would have required him having the strength of a young man. As a young man he could easily have resisted his much older father and prevented him from tying him up. But like his father, he believed that God would provide a sacrifice. Or that God was able to raise him from the dead.

The resurrection faith that Abraham had attained was the same resurrection faith that Isaac had received through believing the promise of God. Here was a young man who had come to trust in God with his own personal faith. This personal resurrection faith that Isaac had was, in turn, tested when it became obvious that, like Sarah, Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, was also barren. They too had to trust God to overcome the “deadness of Rebekah’s womb” in order to pass the blessing on to the next generation.

Will you be the one in your family to demonstrate a growing faith in God that will affect the generations to come? 


Lord thank You for resurrection faith in my heart. I pray that my children and grandchildren will come to know You because of my faith in You.


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