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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Isaac: The Invisible Patriarch

August 10

(Genesis 21:9-10 NIV) "But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, {10} and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.""

(Galatians 4:28-29 NIV) "Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. {29} At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now."

Many Christians would struggle to describe Isaac. His dad, Abraham, was known as the Father of Faith. Isaac’s son, Jacob, was notorious for his deceit, and famous for his wrestling match with God. But sandwiched in between these two rock stars of the faith is this nondescript, unknown quantity of a man named Isaac. Isaac was certainly God’s man but he didn’t always function like a man of God. He lacked discernment in many areas of his life. He was an only child born to older parents, so it’s safe to say he was pampered, spoiled, and over-protected. Isaac also grew up in a home full of jealousy, bitterness, and strife. His step-brother hated him and bullied him. It doesn’t really matter what made Isaac the way he was -- in the end, he had to own his mistakes, pay the price, and get on with his life. The same is true in our lives today. We’d best get on with it. – Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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