Isaac: A Common Man


Genesis 24 tells a wonderful story of God’s providence and leading, bringing Isaac and Rebekah together through a faithful servant and some pretty amazing signs. Theodore Epp, of Back to the Bible, makes this interesting observation at the end of the very eventful chapter:

Have you ever considered yourself so small in the sight of God that you thought He would never do for you what He has done for men like Abraham, Isaac or Jacob? I am sure you have.

In our study of the life of Isaac, we find a man who was very common, like most of us. Yet God chose to call Himself “the God of Isaac.”

In contrasting Isaac’s character with that of his father and that of his son, we see that Isaac experienced fewer of Abraham’s triumphs of faith and fewer of Jacob’s failures.

Of the three patriarchs–Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–the only one who never left the land of Canaan was Isaac. He was born in the land of Canaan, and he died there without ever going outside the boundaries of the land.

This was quite different from Abraham and Jacob. Perhaps this was because God realized Isaac had a weakness so great that if he had left the land, he might not have returned.

Genesis 24:63 helps us to understand the kind of man Isaac was: “Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide.” Thus, we see that Isaac was a quiet and retiring man.

He did not have the active, aggressive disposition of his eminent father, but he was deeply concerned about his relationship with God. He was gentle, retiring and unresisting in his relationship with God.

Are we, too, concerned about our relationship with God?

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Pet. 3:4).

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