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 September 15, 2018

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Text: Daniel 1-3
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Memory Verse of the Week

“The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised.”
(Genesis 21:1 ESV)

Genesis 26 (ESV)

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines.And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. 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, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

So Isaac settled in Gerar. When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife.So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’” 10 Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11 So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 (Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.) 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

17 So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. 18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. 19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 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.”25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26 When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, 27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28 They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.”30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace. 32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

34 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, 35 and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

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  1. When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. Genesis 26:9

    Like Father, Like Son

    "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." "Sins of the father." "Like father, like son." These well-known idioms are on full display throughout Genesis 26 – both the good and not-so-good. 

    A Few "Goods"

    God made a covenant with Isaac because his father Abraham obeyed His voice, kept His charge, His commandments, His statutes and His laws (Genesis 26:2-5). 

    We also read that Isaac built an altar and called on the name of the Lord (Genesis 26:25) just like his father Abraham did (Genesis 12:7; Genesis 12:8; Genesis 13:18; Genesis 22:9).

    In Genesis 26:1-2 we read, "Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, 'Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.'" Although Abraham sojourned to Egypt when the famine hit the land, (Genesis 12:10), he did end up in Gerar (Genesis 20:1).

    Like Abraham, Isaac listened to God and obeyed. 

    A Few "Not-So-Goods"

    In Genesis 12:11-13 it says, "When he [Abraham] was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, 'I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” And again in Genesis 20:2 when Abraham journeyed to Gerar we read, "And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah."

    When Abimelech confronts Abraham about deceiving him by saying Sarah was his sister and bringing guilt on him and closing all the wombs of his house, Abimelech gives Abraham gifts to prove their innocence and vindicate them in front of all the people. Abimelech also tells Abraham, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you" (Genesis 20:15).

    Like his father Abraham, Isaac had some "interactions" with Abimelech, king of the Philistines while in Gerar.

    After Isaac settles in Gerar (Genesis 26:6), he tells the men of the place that Rebekah was his sister instead of his wife "lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah." Abimelech looks out his window at Isaac and Rebekah laughing and realizes Rebekah is not Isaac's sister but his wife. 

    When Abimelech confronts Isaac about deceiving him, remembering what God did to him and his house all those years ago, he tells everyone, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” But like Abraham, Abimelech did not kick them out but allowed them to stay . . . at least for a while. 

    I like the insight Herbert Lockyer writes in All the Books and Chapters of the Bible, "The Bible, a biography of human life, is a faithful mirror of character. Isaac lived the longest of al the patriarchs, and although less is recorded of him than the others, his experiences, like ours, were marked by light and shade, sin and chastening, grace and mercy. In this chapter, exclusively devoted to Isaac, he comes before us as the ordinary son of a famous father, and in turn, the ordinary fathers of a famous son, Jacob. By going down to Gerar, Isaac walked by sight rather than by faith."

    When you read God's Word, are you amazed at the poor decisions people made?

    When you read God's Word, are you reminded at the poor decisions we make?

    Are we living by faith or by sight?

  2. I'm definitely amazed at the poor decisions of people in the Bible sometimes. I remind myself that this was so long ago, and I feel like people were finding their way, and learning what God expected of them and how to worship Him.

    One question: in the days before Jesus died for their sins, how were people saved when they died? I guess maybe because God spoke to them then, and told them what to do, He saved the believers & the obedient? 

  3. When you read God's Word, are you reminded at the poor decisions we make? Yes, I am often reminded of the bad decisions I make. I'm also reminded that sometimes my logic is not the greatest. Sometimes I think I am doing something right and then I'll read something (or listen to a sermon) and realize I was either wrong or not as kind as I could have been.

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