September 1: Meditate with Isaac!

We’re on day 3 of the focus on meditation. No we’re not doing yoga with the gurus – we’re chewing on Scripture!

And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

Genesis 24:63

Isaac is the forgotten patriarch – we admire Abraham, we’re skeptical of Jacob, we are amazed by Joseph, but Isaac gets forgotten, even though he’s in the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:20).

  • Genesis 22:9, Isaac was the willing sacrifice
  • Genesis 25:21 he’s the prayerful supplicant
  • Genesis 26:12 he’s abundantly blessed
  • Genesis 26:25 he’s the obedient worshipper
  • Genesis 24:63 he’s meditating on things of God.

Ellicott notes: (63) To meditate.–Many Jewish commentators translate to pray, and derive one of the three Jewish forms of prayer from this act of Isaac. But though the verb is rare, the substantive is used in Psalm 104:34 of religious meditation; and this sense well agrees with the whole character of the calm, peaceful Isaac, already marked out as the type of the Lamb dumb before His slayers (Genesis 22:7).

Like Isaac – we too are living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Let’s take time and meditate like Isaac on what it means to be sacrificed to God, to have a purpose in His Kingdom, to be used by Him, to reflect on His Word, to seek His Will, to be led in His Way.

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