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Genesis 26

Read Genesis 26 – Well, well, well…

Our chapter begins with a famine.  Water is life.  Famine was a serious condition that required action. 

Isaac moved to Gerar in Philistine country.  The LORD did not want Isaac in Egypt and gave him instructions and promises.  Isaac was to stay where he was, and the LORD promised His presence and blessing, land, and descendants as numerous as the stars through which all the nations of the earth will be blessed (Jesus!!!!) :3-4. 

Isaac was a foreigner in the land and feared he would be killed for his beautiful wife, Rebekah.  So he repeats his father’s mistake and makes Rebekah declare herself his sister.  Abimelech the king saw Isaac caressing Rebekah.  Other translations say:  sporting, fondling, laughing with and dallying… it was clear to the king they were married.  I love how serious the king takes this.  He calls Isaac immediately and asks, “How could you do this to us?  One of my people might easily have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin.” :10

Beloved, we live in a time where marriage is not honored by many, and sexual relations outside of marriage are considered a normal outlet…. Some of the consequences of our sin are broken homes, broken hearts, fatherless children everywhere, and a lost society that doesn’t understand why or how they got that way. 

Abimelech understood the gravity of the situation.  Even sin committed in ignorance is sin.  He issued a proclamation of protection over Isaac and Rebekah. 

Isaac goes on to plant crops and is so blessed by the LORD that the Philistine servants become jealous.  They fill up Isaac’s wells… remember, water is life. The king tells Isaac to move on. 

Isaac moves to the valley, reopening the wells his father had dug, and is met with strife from the herdsmen there.  He moved to Beersheba and the LORD met him there, repeating His promises to Abraham over Isaac.  Isaac built an altar there and worshipped the LORD. 

There’s more for you to discover, keep reading. 👫🥰🤦‍♀️🚰🤝☝️🙌

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Genesis 21

Read Genesis 21 – Let’s make a joyful noise!

Laughter fills Sarah’s heart when the Lord’s promise is fulfilled with the birth of Isaac. Isaac is the son of God’s promise, as Jesus will be centuries later, more commonalities between the two are both arrived by miracle, both arrived after a long wait, both were named before birth – names with deep meaning, and both arrived according to the Lord’s perfect timing and purpose.

When Isaac was weaned, Abraham threw a great celebration and Sarah saw Ishmael scoffing at Isaac. This symbolized the conflict that will remain between the son of promise, Isaac, and the son of the flesh, Ishmael. Sarah demanded they be sent away.

Hagar again finds herself alone in the wilderness, feeling hopeless and ready to die when an angel of the Lord shows up. He assures her Ishmael will be a great nation, and he does grow to be the father of the Arabic people.

Our chapter ends with Abraham’s covenant with Abimelech. He is approached by his neighbor, Abimelech, who observes God’s hand over Abraham: GOD IS OBVIOUSLY WITH YOU, HELPING YOU IN EVERYTHING YOU DO :23.

Beloved, may it be so for us all… that our walk with Jesus is apparent in the way we live. Keep reading, may you fall deeper in love with our Savior, as you get to know Him more and more with each page.📖📖📖🙏📖📖📖

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Genesis 20

Read Genesis 20 – The Lord protects, even when we are foolish. 

For the second time, Abraham tells his wife to say she is his sister, and she is taken to be another man’s wife. 

Abimelech has beautiful Sarah brought to him, yet does not touch her and goes to bed.  God meets Abimelech in a dream and tells him he will die because Sarah is already married. 

Abimelech defends his life, saying he did not sleep with her, she and Abraham both said she was his sister.  And would God destroy an innocent nation?  This is interesting because in :11 we learn that this is a godless nation, yet Abimelech knows enough about God’s character to present his incomplete knowledge of who Sarah was to say he acted in innocence.  For that matter, he takes God seriously and does not deny or question that he is God. 

God responds with words that should echo in your heart.  He says:  YES, I KNOW YOU ARE INNOCENT.  THAT’S WHY I KEPT YOU FROM SINNING AGAINST ME, AND WHY I DID NOT LET YOU TOUCH HER. :6  The LORD was in control, protecting Sarah, guarding the line of Jesus that would come from her and Abraham.  God acted in the lives of those who were godless even though Abraham made the mess by deceiving the king in the first place.  Keep reading to learn how all this works out. 

Beloved, we are a messy bunch!  Paul says in Romans 7:19 “I want to do what is good, but I don’t.  I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”  This is the war at work between the sin nature we were born with, and the spiritual nature we were born-again into.  So, before you start throwing stones at Abraham, look in a mirror.  If anything comes to mind to confess, now is the time, and thank God for His hand of protection over your life as He makes Romans 8:28 come true again and again:  AND WE KNOW THAT GOD CAUSES ALL THINGS TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”😻🙀😿❤🙌☝🙏