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. 👫🥰🤦♀️🚰🤝☝️🙌