Genesis 22:1-14 – The 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time â€“ for Sunday, June 29, 2014
â€œAfter these things God tested Abrahamâ€¦â€ (Genesis 22:1)
Isaacâ€™s name, the son of Abraham and Sarah, meant â€œlaughter.â€
Iâ€™m glad the name didnâ€™t translate into talkative or verbose.
Maybe Isaac was a smiling, giggling child and oft justified his nameâ€™s promise. Certainly Isaacâ€™s name came from his mother Sarah, whoâ€™d laughed at (not with) the messengers from God when promised sheâ€™d soon become pregnant in her, er, â€œgolden years.â€
Laugh Isaac might have, but based on the Biblical witness, the kid wasnâ€™t a talker. Between Isaacâ€™s birth to his elderly parents and his twin sonsâ€™ births when he was 60 years of age, Isaac spoke once in Genesisâ€™ verses. Of note, the second time this revered patriarch of the Hebrew people opened his mouth had to do with muttering a deceit. In Genesis 26:7, well after his twins Jacob and Esau were born, Isaac lied about his wife Rebekah to people he feared: â€œShe is my sister.â€
Maybe he was better off when he kept his mouth shut? Continue reading →