Isaac. Ahh, Isaac. The son of promise, the child Abraham and Sarah waited and waited for. We aren’t told much about Isaac as a child. But the one event from his childhood that we are told about gives a look at how he was raised. And what he was taught.
In Genesis 22, Abraham is told by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Now that must have seemed really strange to Abraham when God had promised to bring a great nation from this child! How would there be a nation with the father dead? But by this time in Abraham’s life he has learned the lesson of trust and knows God’s plan is perfect. So, he gathers his supplies and heads out.
But what do we learn about Isaac? In Genesis 22:7, Isaac says that he sees the wood and fire, but where is the lamb? What do we learn from this? This shows us that Isaac had learned the laws of God. He already knew all about sacrificing to God and what was required. He knew they needed a lamb, so this wasn’t his first time sacrificing with his father. But the next verse shows Isaac had learned another lesson from his father. In verse 8, Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide. Now many of us would have started asking more questions like how or from where? But Isaac has learned the lesson of trusting God so they proceed on. And God provided a ram for them because both Abraham and Isaac proved they knew how to trust.
In chapter 24, Abraham seeks a wife for Isaac and we see that Isaac learned another lesson young. The Bible doesn’t show a big debate between Isaac and his father about the choice of wife. Isaac accepts his father’s choice without question. Isaac has learned the lesson of obedience.
What can we learn from Isaac? The earlier we can learn the lessons the Lord has for us the simpler life will be!! Isaac’s life wasn’t perfect and he did make mistakes, but his life was a lot smoother than many others. Learn your lessons as a child if you can, so you don’t have to learn them the hard way later!!
1. Talk to your children about something your parents tried to teach you young but you didn’t listen to, so you had to learn the hard way. Tell them about how you hope for better for them!
2. Talk with your children about something you are trying to teach them right now. Since (hopefully) this is a non-confrontational moment, talk about why you feel it is important they learn the lesson now and how you hope to help them avoid heartache tomorrow.