Genesis 26: Isaac follows his father’s call

June 26, 2023 ·

Summary:
In a time of famine, Isaac went to Abimelech (probably a descendant of the Abimelech Abraham dealt with). God told Isaac that he would continue his father’s call to become a nation and not to go to Egypt. So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

Isaac said his wife was his sister, causing problems for Abimelech, but Isaac was eventually found out, and Abimelech was like, “Why did you do that?”

Isaac became very rich, and the Philistines got jealous and covered all of Abraham’s wells and told him to leave. So Isaac went to the Valley of Gerar and redug some of Abraham’s wells, and his herdsmen quarreled with the locals. Isaac moved to live in Beersheba, and God restated his promise again. Isaac built an altar.

Abimelech came crawling back and made a treaty with Isaac. Esau, Isaac’s son, got a Hittite wife, which Isaac was less than pleased about.

Key verse:
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.”

My thoughts:
This is a comparatively compacted narrative of Isaac’s life throughout the majority of his adult life.

I find it bizarre how similar Isaac’s life reads to Abraham’s life. Here are some similarities: they both went through famine, had God reiterate his promises to make them a great nation at various times, deceived by saying their wives were their sisters and drew the same response from kings called Abimelech, dug the same wells, built altars, and made treaties with Abimelech, the king of the Philistines at Beersheba.

I’m not sure if there’s any significance there, but I thought there were some uncanny similarities. Isaac’s life is summarized much faster than Abraham’s, however, Isaac’s death is not narrated for another nine chapters.

Interestingly, it is always seen as good to fear God, but God (and his angels) are always quick to say ‘Do not fear.’ By fearing God, we can cast away all our other fears.

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