Isaac was a godly man that lived a life of faithfulness and obedience to God. But the main characteristics that stands out in his life was his perfect submission to the will of God. This was seen when the Lord desired to impress Abraham’s mind with God’s infinite love and sacrifice to man, and also to test his faith. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac saying, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:2a).
A willing submission
On obedience to God’s command, Abraham took his son and went on the journey to mount Moriah to offer the sacrifice. When they reached the appointed place for the sacrifice, Abraham told his son the divine command. Although Isaac must have been utterly astonished, nevertheless, he offered no resistance. He could have escaped his doom, had he chosen to do so. Abraham was 100 years old and weary with agony of the trial and Isaac was strong and could have easily resisted his father but he instead chose to yield his will to God.
Isaac had been trained from childhood to be obedient to his parents and to God. And he offered a willing submission. He shared Abraham’s faith, and he believed it an honor to give his life for His Creator.
God rewards Isaac and Abraham
And when Abraham was ready to take the life of Isaac, an angel of God calls the patriarch, “Abraham, Abraham!” He quickly answers, “Here am I,” And again the voice is heard, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:11,12).
Then, both Abraham and Isaac understood more clearly the wonderful provision that God had made for man’s salvation. “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he should see My day; and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56). While God saved Abraham’s Son from death, He offered His own Son to redeem mankind. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
And because of Isaac’s submission, God re-affirmed His covenant with him that He had made with Abraham before him “And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed“ (Genesis 26:4). Isaac is listed with the other patriarchs who will be found seated in God’s kingdom (Luke 13:28).
In His service,