October 30th, 2013

Milk and Honey, Comfort and Joy

On Isaac

I've been fighting a sinus infection the past couple of days. The usual symptoms: sore throat, congestion, stuffy nose, pain in my ears, coughing, fatigue, headache. Thankfully, the cold is breaking up today and I finally have the energy to sit up and think clearly again. While I've been sick, there are times when I wanted to pray or read the Bible, but I just felt too weak. Today, I was happy to be able to read some Scripture. I wasn't sure what to read, so I went to the weekly parshah. (The Jewish people have divided the books of Moses into portions so that they read through the Torah once a year. Since I learned about that, it's felt like a solid framework for me when I don't know where to begin.) This week's parshah covers the time of Isaac's life (Genesis 26:19-28:9).

My questions today were:

How often did the Lord speak to Isaac?
What did He say? (Genesis 26:2-5, 24)
How did Isaac respond? (Genesis 26:6, 25)
How did God confirm that the covenant made to Abraham would be passed on to Isaac?
How is the oath worded when God spoke to Abraham? to Isaac? to Jacob? What's different? What's the same?
How does this relate to the prophesy of Zechariah the priest, father of John the Baptist, in Luke 1:72-73?

Praise to the Lord, who mercifully speaks and saves and sustains His people in the land of their sojourn.

Now I'm tired again. Time to rest!