by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 26 (26 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

This looks like deja vu here except with Isaac instead of Abraham. There is a different Abimelech, which probably refers to a title, like Pharaoh, rather than the proper name of an individual.

2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

He didn't go to Egypt, but he did go to Gerar but God had already told him of the promise before he went to Gerar. God affirms the covenant to Isaac that started with his father Abraham. God told Isaac that all he needed to do was to be obedient to Him as Abraham was and indeed God would bring forth multitudes of people through his loins and that all the nations in the Earth would be blessed through him. Did he believe God? Let's see.

6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

Like father like son. Forget the promise of God; I've got to take matters into my own hands. The point being that he did not have to resort to lying like his father to protect Rebekah. God was able to deliver them both which he did. If God ...

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