Genesis – Chapter 26: Isaac and Abimelech

Genesis Chapter 25 brought us the death of Abraham at the ripe old age of 175.  It also brought us the birth of Esau ad Jacob.  Esau had a bad case of the hangries and Jacob took advantage, claiming Esau’s birthright, as if one could change the past.  Let’s see what Chapter 26 brings us.

The Lord speaks to Isaac saying:

“For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.  I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees, and my laws.” – Genesis 26:3-5

Abraham did not obey the command of God to die before the age of 120.  Abraham also lied more than once, claiming Sarah was his sister.  Did God command Abraham to lie?  If not, then Abraham did not obey all of God’s commands.

“When the men of that place asked him (Isaac) about his wife, he said, ‘She is my sister,’…” – Genesis 26:7

Like father like son.  Isaac also lies about his wife being his sister.  All under the watchful eye of God.  Does God step in or punish Isaac in any way for this lie?  As with Abraham, God remains silent.  Abimelech discovers the truth and says:

“What is this you have done to us?  One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” – Genesis 26:10

Isaac was very willing to allow others to sleep with Rebekah or have others take Rebekah as a wife.  God allows all of this.  Isaac gains great wealth and is asked to leave.  He does so.

“I am the God of your father Abraham.  Do not be afraid, for I am with you;…” – Genesis 26:24

God may be with Isaac, but He’s not with Rebekah.  God was willing to allow Rebekah to be taken by another man to protect Isaac.  Next Isaac and Abimelech agree to work together and offer each other no harm.

“When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.  They were a great source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.” – Genesis 26:34-35

Yes, you read that right, Esau married two women at the same time.  This is not the first time we’ll see this.  There are many cases of God-blessed characters in the Bible with more than one wife and/or many concubines.

That concludes Genesis Chapter 26.  Like his father Abraham, Isaac gains great wealth.  He also, like his father, lies to Abimelech about his wife being his sister.  In Abraham’s case, that was part truth as Abraham and Sarah had a common parent.  That’s not the case with Isaac and Rebekah.

Coming Soon:  Genesis – Chapter 27:  Jacob Gets Isaac’s Blessing

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