Knowing the Time of Death

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 27 and 28.
In my ministry as a preacher, I have visited countless people who approached death through old age or an old age-related disease, and they knew that death was inescapable at that time. They even welcomed it. It came as no surprise then to read Genesis 27 and Isaac’s knowledge that death was close. Therefore, he was ready to pass on a blessing to his son Esau. So, Isaac called for Esau (Genesis 27.1), and said, “Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death” (v. 2). He did not know the exact time, but he knew its proximity. Before he blessed Esau, Isaac wanted to eat his favorite food made by Esau. Isaac told his son to go hunting (v. 3), and Isaac said further, “And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die” (v. 4).
If Isaac was like us when younger, he thought he was invincible and his own death rarely, if ever, came into his mind. Something changes as you age, and the reality of death cannot be denied. Rather than fighting death, Isaac used it to bless his son, but then as you will discover, Jacob stole that blessing.
For today, regardless of your age, think on what you want to do before you die.

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