Hebrews 11:20, “By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau.”
Invoked is a strong word. One we might think of today in terms of a court order. One dictionary refers to it as calling upon or calling down—almost a demand upon what is possible and irrefutable.
It is a word of strength based on facts, on knowledge, on premise—a declaration.
Inner surety of completion of obligation to render a response—even without a full understanding of the consequences. For Isaac his personal preferences were overturned by God’s purpose. But that was not the heart of his request.
Instead trusting in the rightness of the authority.
Isaac claimed blessings by words of faith for his own sons, as his father Abraham had trusted God’s word for him. For the future. For a promise made by God and experienced for himself at the edge of death.
Inherited legacy that demanded intentional willingness to pass along.
Intercession for sons who still had no clear comprehension of the magnitude of the promise before them. Or their obligation to uphold it. Or the loss they faced if discarded.
Intervention to ensure they both lived under God’s rule—secure in His kingdom, protected in their ignorance and their emerging faith. He asked for God’s provision and expected a positive answer.
Imperishable words based on God’s character invoked for the present and the future.
Psalm of Worship: Psalm 82:4
“Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”