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From there he went up to Beersheba. That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham." (Genesis 26:23, 24)
Did you notice the last part of v.24? It says, "for the sake of my servant Abraham."
God was going to bless Isaac because of his father's relationship with Him.
This verse emphasizes the importance of "godly parents" in the lives of children. If the parents are living close to God, obeying His Word, then God blesses the children because of the parents' devotion to God.
The Psalmists sang,
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. (Psalm 112:1, 2)
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalm 128:1-4)
As parents we must realize that our relationship with God relates directly with the blessings our children receive. (I'm not implying that children don't receive blessings otherwise; God sends the rain and sun on the wicked too, leave alone children, but that's because of his mercy)
Abraham lived close to God, obeying Him in everything, not arguing or delaying in being obedient. That's why he became God's friend. And God decided that He was going to bless Isaac because of his father's devotion to Him.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian