Day 20…Genesis 26:

October 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM Leave a comment

Genesis 26: Issac & Abimelech

v.1-6, there was a famine in the land so Issac went to King Abimelech of the Philistines in Gerar. On his way there God appeared to Issac in a dream and told him to not go to Egypt but stay where I tell you in this land for a while and He will be with Issac and bless him.

“I will give all the land to you and your descendants. I will keep my oath that I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as many as the STARS in the sky and give them all this land. Through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. Why? Because Abraham obeyed me and kept my commands, guidelines and teachings.”

So Issac stayed in Gerar.

Like father, like son… Issac repeats the lie his Dad used:

v.7-11, when the men of Gerar questioned Issac about his wife he told them Rebekah was his sister. He was afraid they would kill him and take her away because she was beautiful. After they had been in Gerar a while Abimelech saw Issac caressing his wife. King Abimelech sent for Issac and called him on his lie! And asked why he would do such a thing. Of course, like his Dad, he told Abimelech he was afraid he would be killed because of how beautiful she was. Then Abimelech told him off because something terrible would have happened to his kingdom if one of his people slept with Rebekah and brought guilt upon the whole kingdom. Then the King ordered his people to not touch Rebekah or Issac or else they would be put to death.

v.12-18, Issac planted crops and made a huge harvest and God blessed him. He got rich from the land and accumulated flocks, herds and many servants so much so the Philistines began to envy him. They threw dirt/debris into his wells (his father’s servant dug) which clogged up the wells. Finally Abimelech told Issac to leave because he had become more wealthy and powerful than the Philistines. So he left and went to the valley of Gerar. He dug up the wells that had been originally dug during his Dad’s (Abraham) time that were filled in by the Philistine’s after Abraham died.

v.19-25, Issac’s servants were digging in the valley and found a well of spring water. Unfortunately the shepherds of Gerar quarrelled with Issac’s shepherds claiming the well was theirs. So Issac named it Esek (quarrel). They dug a 2nd well and again they quarrelled over who owned that one, so Issac named it Sitnah (accusation). Then they dug a 3rd well but this time there wasn’t any quarrelling, so Issac named it Rehoboth (roomy or wide-open spaces) and said “now God has given us plenty of space for us to prosper in this land.” From there he travelled to Beersheba. That night God appeared to Issac and reminded him of the promise he made with Abraham, his Dad:

I am God of Abraham your father. Don’t be afraid because I am with you. I will bless you and increase the number of your descendants for my your father’s sake.” [or because of the promise I made to Abraham]

Issac built an altar there and worshipped and prayed to God. They pitched their tent there and his servants dug another well [that’s 4, right? haha.]

v.26-27, Abimelech, his advisor (Ahuzzah) and the head of his troops (Phicol) came to see Issac. Issac asked them why they were there and reminded them how they threw him out of their country. They replied that they realized God was with Issac and they wanted to make a deal: that we maintain friendly relations between each other. We haven’t bothered you in the past and treated you kindly and let you leave in peace. Now God’s blessing is with you. So Issac put on a big feast and they all ate and drank together. Early in the morning they exchanged oaths and departed as friends.

v.32-35, later that day Issac’s servants came to him to tell him of the water they have found while digging a well. Issac named the well Sheba (Oath) and the city to this day is called Beersheba (Oath-Well). On another note… Esau (1st born to Issac) got married to Judith and Basemath (both Hittites) when he was 40 yrs. They turned out to be thorns in the sides of Issac & Rebekah.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? If you stick to your convictions as Issac did or obey God he will be faithful to fulfill his promises–even if his promise was to your father (as it was for Issac). Funny though, even though Issac lies about his wife God still protects him and his family. So God is faithful even when we aren’t!

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Continue to be faithful wherever God has me, even if it means something I wouldn’t choose. Trust God to provide for us and take care of us. But still knowing God will provide and be trustworthy even if I am not. This DOESN’T give me the right to NOT be faithful though!

Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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