Archive for June 29th, 2011

Genesis 26

Genesis 26 gives us the story of Isaac and his moving around the land.  It was a time of famine.  Isaac gets a word from God: “Sojourn in this land….I will be with you and will bless you….I will multiply your offspring”.  God continues in His plan to bless Abraham’s family.  Then comes the reason –the source of the blessing – “because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws”.  It really is pretty basic.  If we want God’s blessing – we just need to obey.  Abraham figured it out – he did what God directed – and the blessing was unbelievable.  We serve the same God – we have the same opportunity – it only we would choose to obey.  Are you ready to do that?

We see a very familiar plot as Isaac and his tribe move to a new place in the valley of Gerar.  He tells folks there that Rebekah is his sister.  Sound familiar?  It should as it is the exact thing that Abraham did with Sarah.  Like father, like son.  Fortunately Abimelech again does not make a mistake.  “Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’”?  This is déjà vu – same story – different characters.  Of course the same weak excuse and definitely not what God would have wanted.  But it all works out and the truth comes out.

Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy”.  Talk about a big blessing – Isaac has experienced the blessing of God’s hand.  He is now rich and very wealthy – as God blesses him according to His promise.  This happens in spite of the fact that the Philistines – who were jealous of Abraham and now Isaac – have worked to destroy things that would make this more possible – filling a bunch of wells that Abraham had dug many years ago.  But God has blessed Isaac indeed, in spite of what the enemy might have done.  God gives this promise: “Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake”. 

Things are going pretty well for Isaac and Rebekah.  Abimelech comes to Isaac and wants to have a pact between them – a covenant that they would do each other no harm.  They agree and exchange oaths – so not only has Isaac achieved great wealth – now he has a pact in place with the king to provide safety.  But there is one area that is not going so well for Isaac – his son Esau.  “When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah”. Esau blows off his parent’s desire and marries women they did not want him to.  It shows the reality that children make their own decision, and often may ignore the influence or direction of parents.  We have to keep our role in perspective.  Once a child moves out of our house – they become responsible for their actions.  We can grieve over bad decisions – but they are on their own.  If you haven’t experienced it yet – be prepared – Isaac sure did with Esau!

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