Genesis 26

Genesis 26 has Isaac trying to find his place to settle.  God says to him “I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands….And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”.  Then God tells Isaac the rest of the story.  The blessing was “because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws”.  That’s about as good as anyone can do – total obedience to God’s direction.  Abraham was not perfect – we know he lied and had some other issues – but he certainly was trying to live in obedience to God and for that reason God blessed him.

But like father, like son, and the lies that Abraham had told are now showing up through Isaac.  “When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, She is my sister”.  That sounds more than vaguely familiar.  In fact, it is the same lie that Abraham had told twice regarding Sarah.  There is something about fear and it driving these men to lie to protect their own hide.  Fortunately King Abimelech was paying attention and notices that Isaac and Rebekah weren’t acting like brother and sister but rather husband and wife and he confronts Isaac to see what the deal is. Isaac admits his lie and fortunately for the kings sake no one had touched Rebekah.

God is faithful to His promise to Abraham.  He blesses Isaac indeed.  “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”.  Isaac isn’t just a little well off.  He is extremely wealthy.  He is asked to move away from the place he had been staying and does.  “And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake”.  God isn’t going to bless him a little, but rather a lot, and because of Abraham’s faithfulness.

Abimelech again is watching what is happening and sends his leaders to Isaac to ask for a covenant to leave each other alone.  Isaac agrees and “he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace”.  Isaac is living the good life, filled with God’s blessing.  But the chapter ends with this – “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”.  The perfect run of goodness is hitting some bumps.

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