Like Father Like Son

"Then God said, 'Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.'”
Genesis 22:2 (NIV)

There's an experience that sometimes happens to us who are older—as we journey through life.

We find ourselves doing something that reminds us of one of our parents.

I've caught myself doing something such as examining a car I wanted to purchase and thinking, "This is the way Dad would do it."

It may have been asking the salesperson about the service history of the vehicle. Or looking at the engine to check for an oil leak. Dad was a car mechanic and taught me a lot about cars.

So we say, like father like son.

In the story of Abraham offering Isaac, we witness a similarity between the father and the son.

Isaac was likely 30-40 years old when this incident took place. Many times he had gone with his father to worship and offer a sacrifice to God.

This time Isaac realized there was no animal for the sacrifice and asked his father where it was. Abraham assured him that God would provide it.

However, when they reached the place of sacrifice, Isaac learned that his father intended using him as the sacrifice. Certainly, Isaac—as a man—was more than able to overpower his elderly father and stop the sacrifice of his own life.

Why didn't he? Perhaps Abraham told him about God's strange command?

Whatever happened, rather than rebelling against his father, Isaac submitted to his will.

God was the Father of Abraham, and called on him to do something unheard of before—or since.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and was also calling on him to do something unheard of.

Both men obeyed their father. Like father like son.

As parents and grandparents, young eyes watch us to see how we react to the difficulties and challenges we face in life. They learn far more from our works than from our words.

We need to ask ourselves—what lessons are we teaching by the way we respond to such issues?

Living holy lives in view of our families is an opportunity—and a privilege—to teach them the worth of submission to our God.

Let us buy up every opportunity to live well.

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