God’s plan included Isaac.
Sari, an old woman of ninety years, had her name changed to Sarah and was promised a child. Sure enough, a son was born who was to be named Isaac. Abraham was about 100 years old when he held his baby in his arms. Nothing prevents the will of God as He builds His Temple.
Needless to say, Abraham loved the son God had promised him. He spent years rejoicing in the fulfillment of God’s word. And then the day came when God tested him.
“Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ ‘Take now your son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” (Genesis 22:1-2)
So, Abraham “rose early the next morning and saddled his donkey.” He heard God and set out to obey. And would have sacrificed Isaac if the angel of the Lord had not stopped him. “He said, ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Every stone that is part of God’s Temple is tested.
Abraham passed God’s test and because he did another promise was given. “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:18) Not just his descendants, but all the nations of the earth. Because Abraham obeyed, his descendant would be Jesus, the Messiah who would bless the nations.
From father to son.
Sarah lives thirty-seven more years. When Isaac was forty years old Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son. God answered a prayer and Rebekah became his wife. Abraham married again to Keturah, a woman who gave him six sons, seven grandsons and three great grandsons. At one-hundred-seventy-five years Abraham took his last breath. But while he was still living….
“And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac, his son, to the country of the east.” (Genesis 25:5-6) Ishmael was to discover a lot of relatives he didn’t know he had.
A famine caused Isaac to move and while in the land of the Philistines the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you; for to you and your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.” (Genesis 26:2-3) From father to son God confirmed the covenant containing the promised blessings. “From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.” (Genesis 15:18)
It becomes obvious looking at the map that God has not yet fulfilled “the oath” which He “swore to Abraham.” But He will. It is all part of His plan.
To be continued.