God’s covenant with Abraham did not die with his passing. God’s covenant was to all of Abraham’s descendants, and He kept it because Abraham was faithfully obedient. Although a sinner, Abraham was proclaimed righteous through his faith in God’s promises, and God uses him as a role model for us and his son Isaac. Clearly Isaac was raised to know God and trust in His power, even during a severe famine. Yet, Isaac fell into the same trap as his father did in Genesis 20. He feared for his and Rebekah’s safety, and instead of trusting in the Lord and His promises of protection, Isaac told Abimelek that Rebekah was his sister, instead of his wife.
A great New Testament example of this is Peter. He was blessed by God and was one of Jesus’ disciples! He had seen Jesus perform countless miracles, yet still sinned: He cut off someone’s ear and denied Christ three times.
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12
We too fall into these traps. Our friends, family members, or even people in the Bible mess up, and we realize it was against God’s will. But when we are faced with the same situation, we act in the same way, sometimes even worse. Why? “Well, they got away with it and are still righteous people.” “Times are different now.” “Maybe it really isn’t that bad. He/she seems well off!” “Everyone told me it was a good idea.” And, of course, “Everyone else is doing it!”
Not only did Isaac not get away with it, he was shamed by a pagan king. Getting called out by people not of the faith when acting against God’s will is not beneficial in spreading God’s word. How do we recognize God’s will? Read the Bible to understand God’s purpose for us. Praying then helps direct our choices by taking time to listen to God will.
When we fall, God’s glory and grace rescues us; we must have faith and accept His help! God rescued both Abraham and Isaac and protected their wives’ wombs. Both turned back from the prosperous lands, and trusted in God’s promise to provide.
Turning back, Isaac found Abraham’s wells stopped up by the Philistines, and unplugged them with great difficulty. We are at constant battle with beliefs and worldly things that are not of the Lord. Even though we face “contention” (Esek) and “opposition” (Sitnah), we must continue to do right in God’s sight, as he has given us the blessing of eternal life through his son Jesus Christ. That night, God came to Isaac, repeating His promises. Comforted, Isaac dug another well. Abimilek came to him, and they made peace. We should live peaceably with everyone, even those not of the faith.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” – Proverbs 16:7
Meanwhile, Isaac’s son marries two women without religion, bringing great trouble to his parents.
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.” – Hebrews 12:16
We will learn about the birthright in Genesis 27.