|But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. (Genesis 17:19)||descendant of Isaac||the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, (Luke 3:34)|
Isaac was the only biblical patriarch whose name was not changed, and the only one who did not leave Canaan. Compared to those of Abraham and Jacob, Isaac’s story relates fewer incidents of his life. He died when he was 180 years old, making him the longest-lived patriarch. Isaac as a type of Christ and the Church being both “the son of the promise” and the “father of the faithful”. Tertullian draws a parallel between Isaac’s bearing the wood for the sacrificial fire with Christ’s carrying his cross. and there was a general agreement that, while all the sacrifices of the Old Law were anticipations of that on Calvary, the sacrifice of Isaac was so “in a pre-eminent way”.
Response: Father please help me to willingly bear my cross and to offer myself as a living sacrifice daily to honour you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.