And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelled by the well Lahairoi.
I. THE PERSONAL CHARACTER OF THIS MAN TAKES ROOT IN THE BLESSING OF GOD.
1. His natural life commences with a special benediction, for he was a child of promise.
2. Isaac had a remarkable dedication in his youth.
3. But it is now, when Abraham is dead, that he more largely receives the blessing.
4. More deeply impressed at the last than at the first, he solemnly prepares transmit that blessing which he had inherited.
II. THIS MAN'S MARKED INDIVIDUALITY GROWS UP AND SHAPES ITSELF IN THE GODLY HABITS OF A PROTRACTED LIFE.
1. His habit of thought.
2. His habit of dealing with men.
3. His habits at home.
III. THE MARKED INDIVIDUALITY OF THIS MAN IS SEEN IN THE AMPLE FRUIT WHICH IT BORE.
1. It is in Isaac that we get the best expression of patriotism.
2. Come within the radius of this man's influence, and you feel that he, too, in the best sense, was a man of the world.
3. But notably you feel in Isaac's case what is that influence which leads a man to make ample and timely disposition of his secular affairs, that he may give himself more fully to better things.
(G. Woolnough, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.