Genesis 26:6 So Isaac (Abraham’s son) settled in Gerar. 7 When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “My wife,” thinking, “or else the men of the place might kill me for the sake of Rebekah, because she is attractive in appearance.” 8 When Isaac had been there a long time, King Abimelech of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw him fondling his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelech called for Isaac, and said, “So she is your wife! Why then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought I might die because of her.” 10 Abimelech 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.” 11 So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall be put to death.” 12 Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.
Two things strike me about this passage:
(1) Here we see Isaac repeating the sins of his father Abraham. Rather than correctly identify Rebekah as his wife, he says she is his sister – fearing he might be killed otherwise. We’re not sure how Isaac learned of his father’s practice of deception in this manner, but he obviously learned of it somehow. This reminds me that our children imitate us – both for better and for worse. I wonder what lessons I’m teaching my children. What bad habits or sinful patterns might I be passing on to future generations?
(2) That said, God chose to bless Isaac anyway – just as he did Abraham. Why? Because God had made a covenant with them. God had declared they would be his people and he would be their God. Thus, he would care for them and bless them – whether they deserved to be blessed or not.
Blessing for Abraham and Isaac was not predicated on their worthiness to receive it, but on the faithfulness, grace, and mercy of God.
This certainly resonates with me this morning. I cannot count the many ways the Lord has blessed me and my family. Despite my many shortcomings. God is good… all the time…
Heavenly Father, you are always faithful. You choose to bless us – despite our many shortcomings. For those of us who are parents, give us grace to model holy and upright living to our children so they might not inherent our patterns of sin. Where we have fallen short in this regard, we ask for your mercy on our children and grandchildren. Break the cycle of sin and death from our family trees. And most of all, we thank you for the numerous ways you bless us every single day. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.