A little while ago, I wrote about promise boxes, how folk would select one of God’s promises from the bible, to encourage themselves. And we all need encouragement! But what can get forgotten with this method, is that some of these promises come with a condition attached. So if you do have a promise box, or memory verses, it may be good to check out the whole passage from the bible, and make sure you’ve got the full story.
Anyway, back to Isaac. His wife, Rebekah, was not just a pretty face. She was shrewd. It was important that their son Jacob moved out of the family home before his brother Esau caught up with him and murdered him for tricking Isaac into bestowing the blessing on him, instead of Esau. She knew the buttons to press with Isaac, and was well aware that it had been really important for him to marry someone from his own tribe, and not a Canaanite. Esau had made two bad marriages with Canaanite women, so it was paramount that Jacob mixed with the right folk, and made a good match. (Genesis 27 v 46) True to form, Isaac got the point, and commanded Jacob to set off for Uncle Laban’s household.
Then he blessed him. This was a very different blessing from the one intended for Esau. Isaac knew only too well that this second son was the one chosen by God to be the carrier of the family promise. So he bestows on him a promise very similar to that given by God to Abram, many years before, in Genesis 17. There is one difference however. God wanted Abram’s family to become a great nation, and to possess the land of Canaan, but there was a condition attached – the covenant whereby God would be their God. They would worship and follow him, and he would give them the land and the power; a deal sealed by circumcision.
Isaac has well remembered the interesting bits – the fruitful increase in numbers, and the possession of the land – but no mention of the covenant. (Genesis 28 v 3 – 4)
God gives us so many blessings. Above all we have the new covenant – sealed in the blood of Jesus. Wonderful benefits bestowed upon us richly. But there are responsibilities attached. The deal is that God is our God. Worship. Follow. Obey. Jesus surrendered everything for his part of the deal. Will anything less do from me?