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I am taking part in the 2014 A-Z Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April, with Sundays off. Today's letter is: I for Isaac [Click here to see my other AtoZ posts]
Isaac's name means "Laughter". He was born at a time when his father, Abraham and mother, Sarah were very old, way beyond childbearing years. Isaac's birth is proof that there is nothing Jehovah God can't do. (Genesis 18:11; Genesis 18:9-15)
One day, as a test of obedience, God told Abraham to offer up this beloved child as a sacrifice. (Genesis 22:1, 2) Now put yourself in Abraham's place - after years of no children with Sarah, he is now being told to sacrifice his only son by her. Can you imagine his anguish, pain and sorrow? And what of Isaac...can you envision how he must have felt when he realised he was to be the sacrifice? What would you have done? Chances are you would have been highly angry at God for asking you to do such a terrible thing. You probably would have refused saying: "There's no way I'm going to kill my child!" Isaac would have been about 25 years old by this time, so he could quite easily have overpowered his 125 year old father and just run off! As it happened, both he and Abraham showed incredible obedience to and faith in God by going along with God's request [another lesson in obedience for us today]. Do you think God looked favourably on them for their obedience to Him? Yes indeed! Remember the Abrahamic promise at Genesis 26:1-6 and Psalms 105:8, 9? Well, Jesus Christ came through that lineage just as God had promised. In addition, because they remained faithful and obedient to Jehovah right up till death, they are guaranteed a resurrection to perfect life on paradise earth when God's Kingdom starts to rule over the earth. Now that's what you call a reward!
*Scriptures ~ New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here