I Corinthians 1:27-29

27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

Genesis 27 – We have no record of Isaac ever saying anything to Jacob or Rebekah about their lying scheme to get Jacob Esau’s blessing. Does this indicate a character flaw in Isaac? Was he a poor father when it came to discipline and confrontation? Was he afraid of his wife? Was he a poor leader to her and the rest of his household? Perhaps. And the consequences in the family were horrible and it would be many years before things got set right.

What a calling fatherhood and marriage are! No one is sufficient for all the issues that will arise in a household over the years and it is only by the grace of God that we come out half ways sane at all. Isaac, despite the good qualities that we have seen already, comes across in most of this chapter as a pathetic man who has not been to his wife and children what they needed him to be.

But even in this dysfunction we have great hope because of God’s grace. This is no doubt part of the point of the whole account that we have had given to us. See how messed up these people are! How can anything good and lasting come out from them?

And God says “Just watch me bring out of them something far beyond your wildest dreams. And to make it even more amazing, just watch the kind of people I am going to use to do it”. And out of this line He brings the very Son of God and through this line salvation comes.

God calls the things that are not to bring to nothing the things that are so that no one can boast in His sight.