Summary: Isaac shows us three things in his life that you and I also need. If you get them and get them right, you will go a long ways in your spiritual walk.
Thirsty Enough Yet?
Sacrifice, Shelter, and the Sustaning Solution
TEXT: Gen. 26:17-25 (esp. vs. 25)
The Jews, even today, refer often to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (spiritual fathers)
Abraham is the father of the faith. He is known also as a man of altars. He built one about everywhere that he went.
ISAAC--his journey from an experience to a relationship
In Gen. 26:1 we find that there was a famine in the land. This was God-designed to lead Isaac farther away from Egypt.
God may send a famine to your life, but the purpose is to distance you from that of this world.
Isaac was no stranger to altars. His dad had taught him much. At one point, Isaac had even been placed upon the altar as the proposed sacrifice.
Romans 12:1 "living sacrifice"
We need many altars in our life. Sometimes our altar is like the one that Elijah had torebuild.
30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. (KJV)
30 Entonces dijo Elías a todo el pueblo: Acercaos a mí. Y todo el pueblo se acercó a él: y él reparó el altar de Jehová que estaba arruinado. (RVG04)
It may be our fault or it may be the fault of another. At any rate, we need to get it fixed.
An abandoned altar is just as useless as a broken altar.
SACRIFICE (altar)= DEDICATION
A temporary residence or refuge from the elements.
Isaac was a sojourner. He knew that his lodging in this land of Gerar was only for a limited time.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (KJV)
9 Por fe habitó en la tierra prometida como en tierra ajena, morando en tiendas con Isaac y Jacob, coherederos de la misma promesa: (RVG04)
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (KJV)
10 Porque esperaba la ciudad que tiene fundamentos, cuyo artífice y hacedor es Dios. (RVG04)
We are pilgrims and strangers here below. Let us not get too connected and settled here on earth. Nothing here is of eternal value; only what we have in the Lord will last forever.
19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (KJV)
19 No os hagáis tesoros en la tierra, donde la polilla y el orín corrompen, y donde ladrones minan y hurtan. (RVG04)
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (KJV)
20 Mas haceos tesoros en el cielo, donde ni la polilla, ni el orín corrompen, y donde ladron es no minan ni hurtan. (RVG04)
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)
21 Porque donde esté vuestro tesoro, allí estará también vuestro corazón. (RVG04)
Our affections have to be kept in check. A heart that becomes fixed on earthly things will grow roots that go deep and are hard to detach.