The death of Sarah was mourned by Abraham, her loving husband, and by Isaac, her devoted son. Abraham knew that he was soon to follow her, but he also believed that God’s plan would be carried on through Isaac. That’s why he was so specific about the kind of wife Isaac should have. His wasn’t the attitude of an overbearing father, but of the Lord’s faithful servant who wanted to make sure that God’s Will would be done.
One of the most beautiful stories in the Bible is that of Isaac and Rebecca. Today we only hear an abbreviated version, but the message is quite clear. God’s promises will continue. Isaac and Rebecca will have a son, Jacob, who will be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. One of these twelve tribes will be that of Judah, from whom the Messiah will be born.
God was very patient in unfolding his plan. He knew the right moment in history for the coming of his Son, born of the house of David of the tribe of Judah. Through the human arms of his divine Son, God the Father would reach out to embrace the whole world in his love. The Pharisees we hear about in the gospel didn’t have the mind of God. They were petty where God was big; they were exclusive where God was all embracing. That’s why they couldn’t understand why Our Lord welcomed even those considered to be sinners and outside the Law.
The Messiah came into the world through a long line of descendants reaching back through David, Judah, Jacob and Isaac to Abraham. Now regardless of our human genealogy and ancestry, we are the beneficiaries of those promises. Our Lord has shown us that God is our true Father who embraces us with divine love.