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Devotional - week of October 27, 2013


learning from isaac

Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.  Galatians 4:28-29

Romans 9:6-8 says: “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called.’ That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.” As Isaac’s birth by the Spirit, those born again by the Spirit are the seed of Abraham.

This explains that the scene of Ishmael making fun of Isaac is a signal that the rest of Abraham’s seed will suffer persecution. Scripture reveals that other things true of Isaac will be true of those who are born again by the Spirit. 

Isaac was a digger of wells. Water is an absolute essential for all and he had an abundance of it. John 14:13-14 records Jesus saying: "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." The water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Isaac was a man of great wealth. Scripture says that Isaac’s father Abraham was very wealthy. He gave it all to Isaac (Genesis 25:5). Also, Genesis 25:12 says that after Abraham’s death God blessed Isaac. One example is stated in Genesis 26:12: “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.”

Second Corinthians 8:9 reveals: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”

For some, this includes becoming financially rich. For all those born again by the Holy Spirit this means spiritually rich.

The more we walk in grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and experience the abundant life. We become richer spiritually and possibly financially. We make a greater impact on those around us. This gives rise to the persecution.