“By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.” ~ Hebrews 11:20
Isaac’s special inheritance from his father, Abraham, was a “promissory note”: Abraham bequeathed to his son God’s promise that the land of Canaan would belong to his descendants some distant time in the future.
POINTS to PONDER
- The test of Isaac’s faith was whether he would pass on the “promissory note” to his children. We ONLY pass on the things we truly believe in.
- Isaac spent his whole life among people that hated him, because they saw God’s blessing was upon him.
- Much of Isaac’s life was predetermined for him, from his birth: Isaac was born as the son of God’s promise to Abraham: he had obligations and expectations to live up to.
- Abraham was called to begin something new. Isaac was called to maintain what had already begun.
QUESTIONS to QUICKEN
► Believer’s have also “inherited” a “promissory note”: The Promise of Jesus’ return, The Promise of inheriting His Kingdom. Like Isaac, the test of our faith is whether or not we will pass on Jesus’ Promise. Have you passed on The Promise to your children? Have you passed on The Promise to anyone? Are you actively trying to pass on The Promise? Do you really believe in The Promise?
► Isaac’s neighbors knew who Isaac worshiped. Isaac’s neighbors could see in Isaac’s life, the evidence of Isaac’s faith. And they hated him for it. Jesus’ told his disciples that the world would hate them just as it hated Him. But they were to live in the world among “the haters” and be salt and light in their communities. Have your neighbors seen God at work in your life?? Can they see the difference in you? Are you willing to stand up for God in a sea of opposition? Are you willing to spend the rest of your life swimming against the tide?
► Whose path are you walking on? Are you seeking out the path God has laid out for you (Ephesians 2:10)? Or, are you making your own path? Are you setting your children on God’s path? Or, are you letting them “choose for themselves”? ONLY one path leads to true and lasting happiness: ONLY one path has God on it. God expects His children to walk on the path He set for them.
► Is your ministry one of creating or maintaining? God uses both pioneers and settlers, seed-planters and plant-waterers, in the work of His church. In the Bible, Paul was primarily a pioneer, an evangelist. But Timothy and Titus were given the tasks of being settlers, pastors. Paul planted the seeds, while Timothy and Titus watered and tended the plants that sprung up. God called Abraham to get the ball rolling and then God called Isaac to keep it going. What has God called you to do?