Genesis 26-Isaac and Abimelech part 3

 6So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. 8When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife. 9So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.'”10Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

So, Isaac settled in the land of the Philistines, which God promised him in addition to the rest of the land promised to Isaac for Abraham’s obedience.  

Nevertheless, in dealing with the king of the Philistines, Isaac resorted to the same tactics as Abraham, by lying.  Lying does not solve the problem, nor is it a pathway to the promises God has for us.  Rebekah might have been beautiful, but lying will not protect your spouse.  Nor will it protect or help anyone else.  

I think it’s silly that Isaac tried the same thing that Abraham tried, and it worked out the same way Abraham’s lie worked out. 

Evidentally, Abimelech never forgot what happened with Abraham, because he treated Isaac the same way he did Abraham.


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