We see in this passage that God is faithful to keep the covenant He established with Isaac’s father Abraham, even after Abraham’s death. Isaac is the heir to the promises God made, and their fulfillment is intimately linked to he and his descendants. God instructs Isaac to stay in Canaan and promises to bless him for doing so. We see that Isaac does obey God and stay in the land. I can’t help but believe that Isaac’s prompt obedience to God stemmed from seeing his father Abraham’s obedience to God throughout his life. We are reminded of Abraham’s obedience in verse 5.
Another interesting similarity between Isaac and his father was the ole “she’s my sister” ruse he tries to pull on Abimelech. Eerily similar to his father who pulled the stunt, not once, but twice! Now, I realize that both instances were prior to Isaac’s birth. But, Isaac would have no doubt learned of his father’s scam at some point and tucked it away in his arsenal if he ever needed to employ it; which he does with near perfection for a long time until he’s found out.
What stood out to me as I studied this passage was the influence a parent has on a child (in this case, a father over his son). I’m sure this struck me so hard because I am now the daddy of two children and I desire so greatly to be a Godly father to them. Abraham’s model of obedience was caught by his son and lived out; but we also see some of his mistakes replicated by his son as well. Certainly, none of us will ever be perfect parents. However, we must be aware that our children are always watching, listening, and being influenced by the way we live our lives, whether we realize it or not.
A couple of thoughts to leave you with today: Are you living your life in such a way that points your children to Christ? Spend some time praying for your kids today, repenting of sins that have influenced them in a negative way, and asking God to make you more like him as you parent. If you aren’t a parent: Are you living your life in such a way that points those you have influence over to Christ? Spend some time praying for this today.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the passage as well.
By: Matt Mofield