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Prayer of Isaac

Prayer of Isaac

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BY I . L. MOCATTA.



Gen. xxvi, 25, " Isaac luilded an altar there, and called upon the
name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there."
BY I . L. MOCATTA.



Gen. xxvi, 25, " Isaac luilded an altar there, and called upon the
name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there."

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PRAYER.BY I . L. MOCATTA.Gen. xxvi, 25, " Isaac luilded an altar there, and called upon thename of the Lord, and pitched his tent there."I all the Sacred Volume there is perhaps no life more con-cisely or simply depicted than that of the patriarch ISAAC ;while containing so much, so very much of high moralimport. It is beautiful in its very simplicity ; a lovely pic-ture of the generally calm, unruffled flow of a good and vir-tuous man's life, which like the pl'acid lake, reflects heaven'sown lights. It plainly enough teaches us that religioussentiments and principles instilled into the heart from ear-liest youth, and made practical to the mind through theexample of tender, loving parents, will infallibly prove arich, an invaluable inheritance, ministering alike to ourtemporal and spiritual welfare. Isaac being of a reflectiveturn of mind and affectionate disposition, his parents couldhave found little difficulty in implanting the love of God inhis heart, and training him in a consistent course of piety.That he undeviatingly pursued this course, gladly followingthe same righteous path as his father had trodden, the wholetenor of his after-conduct bears ample testimony. Few aswere the important incidents of his life, they sufficed to testhis fortitude and his faith. On each trial which befel him,he evinced that perfect submission which springs from truepiety, ever humbling himself before God in prayer. Indeed,piety appears to have been the very basis of his character,and this love of God so warmed his heart as to give addi-tional vigour to the natural affections. Love radiates withresplendent lustre when emanating from so bright a centre ;thus, great was his clinging attachment to his mother, andPHAYEK. 157
 
deep the devoted love he bore his wife. Truly, his affec-tion for Rebecca knew no decrease, no subdivision ; shestood alone, and, bound by this one only tie, he appears tohave been faithful to her memory, even after her death. Tohis revered father he was a devoted son, up to that last mo-ment when himself aged threescore and fifteen yearshe stood at the side of that loved parent's death-bed. Andwhen, in his turn, himself a parent, what could better speak his praise than the deep, earnest, and lasting love of hissons. Differing as they did in disposition, and the tie of fraternal affection broken, yet one common sentiment ani-mated these twin brothers, the reverential love which knowsno decay. When at the advanced age of a hundred and fortyyears, they met again, after a long separation, for the burialof their venerable parent, they could offer each other thehand of friendship, and, sorely stricken, together weep andpray over the grave of the dear departed.Such being the fruits of piety, let us now turn to those of prayer. It was the high pleasure of the Supreme to test thefaith of Isaac, as he had tested that of his servant Abraham.For long years he remained childless, yet his faith never wa-vered, he never doubted the fulfilment of God's promise tohis father Abraham, and it was only at the solicitation of hisbeloved wife, and this after twenty years of married life*that he besought God to grant him offspring. Thus we read," And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife because she wasbarren". f That the petition he put up was acceptable may beinferred, since he not only met with no reproof, but his prayerwas at once granted, or as we read, ct And the Lord was* His prayer following in the closest proximity, even in the very nextverse to the one which relates to his marriage, makes it especially easytooverlook a fact which gives the strongest evidence of Isaac's childlikefaith ; viz., that " twenty years he waited for the Lord"; waiting, anti-cipating, believing, though with the flight of time came nought butdisappointed hopes.
 
t Gen. xxv, 21.158 PRAYER.entreated of him, and Rebecca his wife conceived". ow,this was no solitary instance of faith, no exceptional pro-ceeding on the part of Isaac, as the verse which heads thissubject amply demonstrates; indeed, the whole of the 26thchapter of Genesis speaks plainly enough that his life aboutthis period had its full admixture of trials and grief, and thatin the midst of many adverse circumstances he was the samepious believer and devout worshipper as in youth, when allsmiled around and the bright example of a beloved fathercheered him onward in the path of duty. One of Isaac'sfirst troubles began just after he had quitted, or possibly atthe very moment of quitting, the land of his birth, fromwhich he was forced to depart owing to the prevalence of agrievous famine. On arriving at Gerar,with the purpose of settling there, he found that he had to apprehend danger onaccount of his wife, ' ' because she was fair to look upon", andin consequence thereof was led to deny her. When, how-ever, King Abimelek quieted his fears regarding Rebecca,as well as his own personal safety, he set himself to amasswealth, and great indeed must have been his success, sinceit afterwards afforded the monarch a pretext for thus ad-dressing him, " Go from us, for thou art much mightier thanwe". That this dismissal was keenly felt is shown at the27th verse, wherein we are told that when Abimelek and hischief captain sought Isaac in his new place of abode theywere at first very coolly received, and certainly not with hisnatural hospitality, for thus he greeted them, " Whereforecome ye to me, seeing ye hate me and sent me away fromyou ? " Again, it must have been a source of great annoy-ance to have to contend for those very wells which, havingbeen named by his father, belonged by right to him. owit is evident that throughout this trying period his conductmet the approval of the Most High, for on Isaac's arrival atBeersheba " the Lord appeared unto him", graciously vouch-

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