Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 Jesse Tree: Isaac

Scripture: Genesis 22:9-18
Event/Theme: Isaac
Symbol we use: I collected some twigs from a tree and bundled them together with a cord to represent the wood carried by Isaac for the burnt offering.
Meditation: The Bible doesn't say much about Isaac. All the famous stories about him are really focused on someone else: his father, his mother, the servant arranging his marriage, his future wife, his sons. Yet although his story is in the background rather than the forefront, his yes to the Lord is no less important in history. Abraham and Jacob may seem more visible, but Isaac is the link between them. And although God may have asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son as a test of his faith, Isaac had to endure being placed on the altar and waiting for his impending death. Although that must have been extremely difficult for Isaac, he still chose to follow the Lord God throughout his own life. It's easy to dismiss Isaac, simply because his interactions with God are largely hidden from us. Yet his quiet life, devoid of any mention of idols or rebellion, should perhaps instead encourage us to recognize the quiet, holy obedience of others in our lives who make a positive difference in our faith without aggressively calling attention to their actions.
Think of one person you know who is quietly serving the Lord and His Church. Although their "yes" to Christ may be easily overlooked, consider how you can acknowledge the significance of their role in the background. A card, a gift, a word of thanks, a prayer, a comment praising them to someone else. Honor them in some way for being the support that the more flamboyant members of the Church need in order to carry out the roles given to them.
Jesse Tree Week 1: The Patriarchs
Sunday: Root of Jesse
Monday: Creation
Tuesday: Fall of Mankind
Wednesday: Noah
Thursday: Abraham
Friday: Isaac
Saturday: Jacob

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