"But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year."
Isaac’s life was exciting. In spite of being second-born, he still enjoyed his father’s blessings (Genesis 16:3-4; 17:20). Isaac was born to Abraham after all hope had disappeared. Some people have lived frustrated because they haven’t fulfilled their dreams, so let’s study Abraham’s example. When he was already an elderly man the Lord gave him the promise of a child. It was twenty-five years later that his dream became a reality. Let’s look at some significant facts in Isaac’s life:
1. God takes care of Isaac’s spouse (Genesis 24:3-4)
Abraham warns the oldest servant of his house to get a good woman for his beloved son. God considers a man and a woman as one being. However, in order for that to be possible there must be spiritual and cultural harmony between them. Paul refers to this when he declares that we should not be yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).
2. Isaac received his father Abraham’s inheritance
“Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac” (Genesis 25:5). God the Father gave all His inheritance to Jesus. However, because of His love Jesus shared everything with us, and we became coheirs of His riches. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
3. Isaac learned to move the hand of God
“Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant” (Genesis 25:21). Isaac and Rebekah had been married for twenty years and she couldn’t bear children. But when he decided to pray for her, God received the prayer and took away Rebekah’s sterility. This shows us that the husband moves God’s hand through prayer.
4. Issac reaped a hundredfold
Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him” (Genesis 26:12-14). God’s prosperity is comprehensive. This blessing includes the economic, the physical and the spiritual. It also possesses a very important characteristic emphasized by the writer of Proverbs, “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it” (Proverbs 10:22).
5. Issac reopened three wells
Since they lived in the desert, Abraham had built stone wells for water. As you can imagine, water was a very valuable commodity and the Philistines wanted to take over the wells.
• The first well, “Esek” (Genesis 26:20), means fight or struggle. It represents the obstacles in the spiritual realm that try to hinder us from receiving the blessings.
• The second well: “Sitnah” (Genesis 26:21), represents the opposition of light against darkness. The place where the manifest enmity between two conflicting forces takes place: good and evil. In that very moment of the battle there is enmity in the spiritual world, but when you fight and keep your faith, you win the battle in prayer.
• The third well: “Rehoboth” (Genesis 26:22). Isaac’s servants gave the name to the third well, calling it, “prosperity and multiplication.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
It is said that a Roman Emperor was marching on the streets of the Imperial city in celebration of his victory. The best legionnaires were forming military posts along the way to control the multitude that was cheering the victor. Somewhere along the way there was a platform where the Royal family was seated. While the Emperor was getting closer, his son that was just a child crawled under the guards’ legs and ran to him. “You can’t do this,” said one of the guards as he took the kid by the arm. “Don’t you know who is in the chariot? It’s the Emperor!” The child looked up at him and answered, “He might be your Emperor, but he is my Daddy!”
We are to God what Isaac was to Abraham. Paul said, “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ… If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:16; 29).
"I'm the result of God's dream, I enjoy prosperity and multiplication."
Today's post is an excerpt from Pastor Cesar Castellanos' book, Declarations of Power for 365 Days of the Year: Volume Three.
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: Isaiah 37-39; Proverbs 25:1-14
- New Testament: Luke 23:1-12; Hebrews 8:7-13