Genesis Chapter 26

Genesis 26

1And 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.

2And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

3Sojourn 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;

4And 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;

5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

6And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

7And 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.

8And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

9And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife; and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

10And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

11And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.

13And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

14For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

15For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

16And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

17And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

20And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

21And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

22And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

23And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

24And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

25And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.

26Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

27And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

28And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

29That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.

30And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

33And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

34And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:

35Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

18 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 26

  1. The Standards Hebrews Had On Marriage
    OT Hebrew parents chose who their kids married. Sometimes, the son did the choosing and the parents did the negotiating. And sometimes the girl was asked whether she consented. Rarely did a man marry against his parents’ wishes, as Essau blatently does. Like Ishmael married an Egyptian woman (Gen 21:21). Abraham had placed such an importance on Isaac marrying a Hebrew woman, that Abraham sent his servant back to their homeland to find a bride (Gen 24 3:4). We can also see Jesus requires the same, for us to not be unevely yoked to a non-believer.

    The Way Essau Did It
    So, too Isaac and Rebekah want their sons to choose Hebrew wives. Inotherwords, you don’t just marry the man/woman you also take in their family, and the cultural and spiritual differences between Essau’s wives and their inlaws is a bad clash.
    Once, again Essau makes a hasty choice rather than a good one- yet again (1st time he sold his birthright for stew) a choice that shows that he doesn’t value his cultural or spiritual heritage.

    35Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

    God knew this would happen since the jostling of two nations where in Rebekah’s whom. Here is where we see the seperation into two nations. Since we can see that Essau makes uneducated decisions I am glad that Jacob chose to take the birthright/promises, it might not have been the right way but God knew it was going to happen. Just like God knows whats going on in our lives before we take it to him in.

  2. vs 5 How we live for God can be a blessing to our children.

    vs 7 Even the lack of faith we have can be passed down to our children.

    vs 10 Many times the world has more moral character than Christians.

  3. v24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night and said, I am the Lord of Abraham thy father; fear not for I am with thee. and will bless thee and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
    Issac was blessed because of the promise God make with Abraham. How important it is that parents listen to the voice of God and obey. Not only will God bless them but their children also. Often we hear of children who receive great inheritances of money etc from their parents. Many times that inheritance is spent and nothing left to show. Yet, how much more should a parent desire that thier children be blessed of God because of their faithfulness. An inheritance that Hebrews calls “the promised eternal inheritance.”

  4. WORSHIP AT HIS WORD

    24And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
    25And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.

    Upon receiving a WORD from the LORD; Isaac built an altar and worshipped the LORD. There is great revelation and opportunity in the response that we offer the LORD in return for his gracious, merciful WORD to us.

    Isaac having inherited the promise of his father now sought to honor the LORD; this should be our natural state seeing we are joint heirs with Jesus. The benefits of Isaacs response to GOD’s WORD we find in verse:

    26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.
    27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?
    28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

    Isaac was given favor not only with the LORD but also with man!

    Build an altar and worship GOD at HIS WORD and find FAVOR!

    BE Church

  5. V. 4-5 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; v. 5 Because thy father Abraham Obeyed my voice, & kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes,and my law. What a Relationship Abraham had with God, because of OBEDIENCE, Isaac was blessed!!!! Just like obedience a d righteousness can have an affect on our children, so does disobedience and our sins.

  6. v29 ” Thou art now the blessed of the Lord”

    Isaac kept seeking for peace. ( regarding the wells of water. )
    He had the ability to rise from the present emotions. Knowing that in the future GOD had something greater for him. Gen. 25:11

    So thankful GOD gives us the courage to go through the present storms of life, and rise above our worries in the light of the future, and the glory to which the LORD has destine us to.
    GOD has something greater for everyone of us
    Trust Him. HE will bless us with A full heart to share with others.
    HE IS our future, and with JESUS we can rise above out present emotions , storms, whatever is knocking the life out of us
    Rise above it someday we’ll look back and be thankful or regretful.

  7. What us with these guys lying about their wifes being their.sisters? 3 things wrong with this, first its gross, second my wife would kill me and last, you better kill me before thinking about touching my wife.

  8. 3Sojourn 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;

  9. 4And 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;

    5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

    Isaac was blessed from Abraham’s obedience. Obedience carries blessing not only for us but for our children. Will your family be blessed because of your obedience? Food for thought…

  10. 4And 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;

    5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

    It wasn’t Isaac’s obedience that brought the blessing but Abrahams. Obedience carries blessing from generation to generation.

  11. This chapter is rich. We need to be ever diligent, for if our well that we dig is taken from us God will provide us with another. While we may have to work for it just as Isaac did, God will provide a well. If that one is taken then we should thank the Lord and dig again, for the Lord will provide if we are faithful. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. Some of us have an Abraham ministry. Being the planter, the beginnings. Some of us have a Joseph ministry, the dreamer who sees the vision come to pass. Yet many of us have an Isaac ministry.

    Our generation is not the trailblazers, preparing the ground for the work to come, rather we are the baton catchers. Picking up the mantle of previous generations, and allowing the ancient landmarks to remain.

    Without an Isaac to dig the Wells again that his father did, we would never have had the twelves tribes. Isaac was essential, though he simply kept it going, to the plan of God. However, although he didn’t see it come to pass, his passing the baton gave him a place in the winners circle with the rest of the team.

    Hebrews 12 says we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

    The runners of the past look for us to finish.

    Don’t stop digging the wells and don’t drop the baton.

  13. Isaac was blessed because of his father Abrahams relationship with the Lord. Parents, our children are going to be blessed by our relationship with God. We must be the Godly example God has called us to be, and we must be willing to rise above peer pressure from our peers and their peers to live the life God expects of us. Future generations are depending on you to be holy, righteous and not forsake the ancient lankmarks of truth. Abraham passed on to the Isaac the greatest gift every, the ability to have faith in and trust in the one true and living God.

  14. Isaac was blessed in the world (among the Philistines) yet he still made a point to dig again the wells of his father and confirm the names his father gave them. Isaac was not perfect, yet his actions illustrate the virtue of holding claim to the heritage passed down to us by our spiritual predecessors. Jesus name baptism is still the way, receiving the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues is still necessary, living holy and being holy is still right… Some “traditions” don’t need to be lost or modernized. Digging the wells of our father is something we all must do personally, a decision we must make for ourselves in our path of life, regardless of status or riches. So easily we can feel on a roll in progress and blessing and life such that we don’t want anything that doesn’t feel brand new, like a fresh step forward; yet we cannot afford to miss the test of showing ourselves humble, patient, committed, faithful, and submitted by going back to dig again the wells of our father.

  15. 4And 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;

    5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

    Lord I want to be blessed!!

  16. 5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

    Isaac was being blessed because of Abraham’s obedience. What we do effects our children.

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