So Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and settled there. Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the [same] names that his father had given them.
~ Genesis 26:17-18
Jedediah Smith was a hunter and explorer of the wild west. His most memorable accomplishment was the rediscovery of the Southern Pass through the Rocky Mountains. He has been a rather obscure frontiersman until the last 30 years or so. And, of course, the movie, Night at the Museum, helped bring him to life again. Smith’s rediscovery of the Southern Pass opened a whole new world. It was a connecting point between east and west. It gave access to the other side of the Rocky Mountains and into California.
There is another obscure frontiersman of the Bible; the patriarch, Isaac. He was a man of the open country who “had a taste for wild game”. But Isaac gets overshadowed by his bookend patriarchs, Abraham and Jacob. Yet, as Jedediah was instrumental in connecting the east with the west, Isaac plays a crucial role in connecting Abraham with Jacob. Isaac is the bridge between the Father of the Promise and the People of the Promise.
Sometimes the most profound accomplishment of our lives will be passing the baton of faith to the next generation and re-establishing the promises of God. Sunday we will see how Isaac passes the baton of faith, and how we can follow in his footsteps.