Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac…

on July 11, 2013

By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. Hebrews 11:20

To get the full picture, I headed back to Genesis 25-27.  It is a fascinating story that could easily be recreated in a soap opera today!

Isaac knew that the Lord promised to make a great nation from his father through him.  Yet the wife that he loved was barren.  He didn’t give up or find another way like his father before him; HE PRAYED! God heard and answered, and Rebekah conceived!  Just because God promises does not mean the journey to fulfillment will be smooth sailing.  Our faith and dependence on Him will be tested along the way!

Rebekah and Isaac had twins, and God told Rebekah that the older would serve the younger.  Rebekah made sure of it through lying, manipulation, and crafiness…not through faith.  BUT GOD even uses the bad things we do to work His purposes.  He is powerful like that!

Isaac, on his deathbed, did bless his sons and set the course for the Israelite nation to flow through his lying, cheating, younger son, Jacob.  In doing so, Isaac passed God’s covenant to Abraham of a great nation and a promised homeland to Jacob and his descendants.  

Even though Isaac himself would not see the fulfillment of God’s promise, he had enough faith to know that even after his death, God’s promise would stand firm.  What a gift–a lasting legacy of faith–to the next generation!  

This will be a common thread in the next two verses as well.  I’m so thankful that God is giving me plenty of time to meditate on these thoughts:  How am I passing on the promises of God to my boys?  When I am dead and gone, will the strength of my faith leave a lasting impact on them?


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