Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.
Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the open country and Isaac had a taste for wild game. It is good to have pride in our children and their interests and share their passions. It is wrong to love one child over another.
Famine: Do not go down to Egypt, I will be with you and bless you, I will give all these lands and confirm oath to Abraham, through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed
Lied and said his wife was his sister
Confession of wrong. To have recognized that the weakness of the father can often be the weakness of the son.
Be honest with them about the dumb things I have done in my life. Recognize and confess those things that did not bring glory to God as wrongs so as they follow my footsteps, they are the footsteps on the right path.
My Daily Journal:
While Isaac repeated some of the sins of his father, it appears he also learned from some as well. We know that Isaac prayed on behalf of his wife to have children. That was important and good. But as importantly and as good is the fact that the two of them waited 20 years.
They desired children. They prayed for children. But they waited for God’s timing and didn’t take matters into their own hands. There was no Hagar solution.
Additionally, there was one other fact that I missed the first times I read this through. Abraham would have been alive to see his grandsons:
- Isaac was born when Abraham was 100
- Jacob and Esau where born when Isaac was 60 (Abraham 160)
- Abraham died at the age of 175
- When Abraham was buried by his sons, his grandsons would have been about the same age Isaac was when Abraham was called to sacrifice him.