Today’s passage: Genesis 26:1-35
- God personally commits Abraham’s promised inheritance to Isaac.
- Isaac has more than just Abraham’s promise. He also copied his father’s sinful practice of calling his wife his sister…
- The difficulties in verses 6-22 are surrounded on both sides by the promises of God’s blessing on Isaac. Even Abimelech and his people can’t help but notice this is true and make a treaty with him.
- Isaac had been 40 years old when Abraham provided his wife (Rebekah). Esau evidently chose not to wait any longer. He “took” for himself two women from the land Abraham had commanded that Isaac not marry.
Questions to consider:
- How has Esau continued to act in an impetuous way? What would Isaac have been ready to do for his favorite son at this time? What might the fact that Esau got himself not one, but two wives also indicate?
- Given what we read in this chapter, to whom does the credit belong for Isaac’s blessing and growing wealth? Who does Abimelech and his people even acknowledge as the one who is blessing Isaac?
- What does Isaac’s lie and self-protection remind us of concerning God’s grace? Are God’s people perfect? Why are we counted as righteous before God (2 Corinthians 5:21)?