Lent day 25: Who is Isaac?
Luke 3: 34 “the son of Isaac”
His name means ‘he laughs’ and he was given the name because as only son of Abraham and Sarah they laughed when God told them they would have a son though they were way past child bearing. The New Testament uses his father’s obedience in being prepared to sacrifice Isaac as an example of faith.
Isaac’s heritage was one of the impossibility but this looks like it became part of his understanding that God can do all things. I am reminded this morning of an example of this from Genesis 26. “Now there was a famine in the land – besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time … 2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you….”
Abraham had gone down to Egypt when the famine had previously struck. But Isaac was told by God to sow in the place of famine. God wanted to do something new. He wanted to do something in that place of famine.
V12 -14: “12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.”
The result of obedience was God’s greatness upon his life. He became a threat to the Philistines. God’s purpose for your life is for you to receive His greatness upon you.
But see the challenge from the enemy: “15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.”
The enemy of our life has filled in the wells and many are stale, dry and burnt out.
V 18-19 “Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. 19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.”
It is time to dig again, to reopen the well, to dig for fresh water.
Yesterday I spoke to one of my Pastors who described a new move of the Holy Spirit in his services that had just started in the last couple of weeks. A well had been redug.
V20-22 “20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with those of Isaac and said, ‘The water is ours!’ So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarrelled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarrelled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, ‘Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
It won’t be easy.
There will be arguments over the wells. Many will dig out of their own strength.
But we are called to keep moving and leave certain battles behind us for those who are not well-people.
Later Abimelech wanted a covenant with Isaac. Isaac could have been proud. “You didn’t want me when I was struggling but now that I have become great, you want me!”
But that wasn’t Isaac’s response: “30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.”
Isaac’s attitude was good. What about us? Are the dividing walls there? Unforgiveness? Hurt? Pride?
Isaac found water after the covenant, v32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, ‘We’ve found water!’
When we begin to covenant with each other then the springs of living water will surface again.
The Holy Spirit is in the garden of our hearts and we need to protect those places so He can stay. We need to redig the wells again, for He is here.