GENESIS 26:1-3 "And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn 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;"
Another famine has occurred in the land of Palestine like the one in Abraham's day. Abraham's
son, Isaac, reacted just like his father in that he wanted to leave the area. This caused God
to appear to him. God instructed Isaac not to go into Egypt as his father had done. He
promised him if he would remain in Canaan, he would have the same promises made to his father.
So, instead of going to Egypt, Isaac went west to Gerar, (another place his father had gone.)
When he arrived in Gerar he followed his father's footsteps in yet another way. He said that
Rebekah, his wife, was his sister; as his father before him, he feared being killed by the Philistines of
Gerar over the beauty of Rebekah. Abimelech saw Isaac and Rebekah kissing and rebuked Isaac
for his deception. He allowed them to stay in the land, though. Isaac was clearly influenced
by his father. He seemed to be affected more by Abraham's weaknesses than his strong points,
though. We must be very careful of what we do and where we go. There is always someone who
will follow in our footsteps; perhaps even after we are dead!
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Do you think Isaac was following his father's example when he let everyone believe Rebekah was his sisters?
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