Genesis 26:11–18 (ESV)
Isaac and Abimelech (Part 2)
11 So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He
had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 (Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in
the days of Abraham his father.) 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”
Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. 18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped
after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them.
In yesterday’s reading, Abimelech had found out that Isaac had
lied to him saying his wife was his sister. Well, Abimelech figured it out and was not happy! Why did Isaac lie? He was afraid for his life (not wife), because she was very beautiful. Hey… look out for #1!!! Well…
Abimelech issues a warning to all the people to not touch her or be put to death. Isaac’s wealth continued to grow through God’s blessings and the Philistines became jealous and “envied him.” They told him to “go away
from us, for you are much mightier than we.” So he left.
What can we take from this? God is a forgiving God. Isaac knows that it is time
to move on and he does.
I pray: O Lord, forgive me when I behave like Isaac and not trust in your protection. Help to not only to turn to you for forgiveness, but to be a forgiving
person. Help me to live the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Amen.