Genesis 29 vs. 1-14 with Betty

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

1Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.

3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.

4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.

6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.

7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.

9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them.

10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.

11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her father.

13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.

14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

When Jacob reached his destination he stopped first at a well covered by a huge stone.  There shepherds were gathered to water their flocks. When he asked about the health of Laban, Laban’s daughter Rachel was pointed out to him as she arrived with her father’s sheep.

Jacob himself rolled away the large stone and watered his uncle’s sheep.  Jacob was overjoyed to meet Rachel and kissed her in greeting.  After he explained who he was, she ran to tell Laban.

Laban rushed to meet his sister’s son and brought him to his home where he was made welcome.

The happiness we see Jacob experiencing, as with his father’s and also God’s blessing he finds his mother’s relatives and is welcomed by them,  seems in stark contrast to Esau’s ineffective efforts to please Isaac and Rebekah. Yet I am sure that God did not forget Esau.  I don’t yet know what the scripture will say further about him, but I can now see that Jacob is the descendant of his generation who embodies the promise of God.  I believe that as we progress through future studies we will find that each successive generation will have that one person who walks with God and carries forward to the next generation the promise God made to Abraham.

 Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 28 vs. 10-22 with Betty

‘Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Jacob set out on his journey to Harran.  At a “certain place,” when the sun had set he stopped for the night.  He lay down to sleep with a stone under his head. (I wonder if it grew cool there at night.  Was some of the heat of the day left in that stone?)

While he slept, Jacob had a dream. In the dream he saw a stairway to heaven with angels of God walking up and down it.  Above it stood the Lord.  He promised Jacob so many descendants they would be like the dust of the earth and to Jacob and those descendants he promised the land on Jacob was then lying.

He told Jacob that through his offspring, all people on earth would be blessed. He also promised to watch over Jacob and be sure to bring him back to the land that was promised.

That promise is so beautiful to me.  What joy Jacob must have experienced to know that the Lord was watching over him always.  The most beautiful part is knowing that the Lord also watches over us and we too can have that assurance and joy; and it does seem that the more I study in God’s word, the more joyful I become.

After awakening with the message of the Lord in his memory, Jacob placed oil on the stone that had been his pillow. He vowed that if God would watch over him on his journey as promised, he would make the Lord his God and that where the stone was would be God’s house. He also promised God that of all that was given to him, he would give back a tenth.

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Genesis 28 vs. 1-9 with Betty

1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother’s brother.

3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;

4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan;

7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;

8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Isaac listened to his wife and called for Jacob.  He blessed him and told him not to marry a Canaanite woman, telling him to go to his mother’s old home and there find a wife from among Laban’s daughters. Isaac also asked God to make Jacob fruitful and increase his numbers until his people were so grown in numbers that he could return and take possession of the land where they were currently living as foreigners—the land God had promised to Abraham.

When Esau learned that Jacob had received

Isaac’s blessing and was told to take a wife from Laban’s daughters, he realized how displeased his father and mother were with the two Canaanite women he had married.  Esau therefore went to Ishmael, Isaac’s half brother (son of Abraham) and married one of his daughters in addition to the wives he had.

The picture to me is that Esau, although beloved by his father, found it difficult to please either Isaac or Rebekah and was constantly seeking to do so.  I can almost feel his frustration as I read these passages.  Yet, I can’t forget that Esau has the desire to kill his brother in his heart, which hardly makes him a sympathetic character.  The beauty of reading such a story in the bible is that knowledge that anyone in the stories who is a true believer will be redeemed by God in some way.  Somehow God always made things work out for people that loved him and that he loved.

 Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 27 vs. 42-46 with Betty

 42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;

45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In today’s reading, the last few verses of Chapter 27, we learn that Rebekah has been told of Esau’s desire to kill Jacob.  It doesn’t say how she learned this, but it seems to me that Rebekah didn’t miss much and with her husband Isaac being elderly and unwell, she pulled a lot of strings in the affairs of her little community.

To protect Jacob, Rebekah tells him to go to Harran and stay with her brother Laban until Esau’s wrath cools.

The end of the chapter goes back to the same subject as the end of the previous chapter—Rebekah is disgusted with the two Hittite women that Esau married. She says if Jacob also takes a wife from among the Hittite women, “…what good shall my life do me?” This must be another reason for sending Jacob to stay with Laban.  She hopes Jacob will find a wife from among her  own people rather than marrying one of the Hittites from the country where the family now lives.

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Genesis 27 vs. 30-41 with Betty

 30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.

32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Immediately after Jacob left, having deceitfully received his father’s blessing, Isaac returned from his hunting trip and brought food he had prepared to his father.  He sought to receive the promised blessing.

Isaac was very upset to learn that it was not Esau to whom he had just given his blessing.

You may recall that Esau had previously sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew.  Now Esau finds that Jacob has also stolen his blessing and he learns that the blessing gave his brother Jacob the right to be lord over him and all their relatives. He learns that in future he must live by his sword.  The only hope in Isaac’s blessing to Esau is that he will someday throw off the yoke of his brother.

Does anyone wonder that Esau was very bitter about all that had taken place?

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Genesis 27 vs. 14-29 with Betty

 14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.

15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me.

21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.

24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.

26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed:

28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

We find in today’s reading that Jacob followed his mother’s instructions. He brought the young goats to his mother to prepare a meal for Isaac.  Rebekah dressed Jacob in clothes belonging to Esau and covered his hands and neck with goatskins so that if Isaac touched him he would not feel Jacob’s smooth skin.

Jacob delivered the food his mother prepared to his father and told his father that he was Esau.

Isaac, though elderly and dim of vision, realized that it had not been that long since his request for the game. He asked how the game was found so quickly.  Jacob told him another untruth, saying that God was responsible for his quick success.

Isaac, apparently a very wise old man, asked Jacob to come closer.  He questioned his identity and even realized that the voice was that of Jacob rather than Esau.  Yet, the smell of Esau’s clothing and the hairiness he felt when he touched Jacob’s hands (really he was touching the goatskins) convinced him that it was in fact Esau.

So the ruse perpetrated by Rebekah and Jacob worked.  Jacob received the blessing that Isaac thought he was giving to his firstborn son, Esau. This part of the blessing was particularly interesting to me: “Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee…”

It seems that by having this blessing given to him, Jacob did indeed steal the birthright of his brother Esau, who was after all first born.

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding this story about Jacob and Esau very exciting.  I wonder what the reaction of Esau will be when he learns what Jacob did in his absence. I wonder if he will find out that his mother had a part in the ruse.

Come read with me again tomorrow and we will see what the scripture says about these matters.

Betty Killebrew

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Genesis 26 vs. 34 and 35 and Genesis 27 vs.1-13 with Betty

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

 34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:

35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

Genesis 27

27 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.

8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts:

I left off the last two verses of Genesis 26 from yesterday’s reading because it seemed to go better with the following chapter.  However, the comment that Esau’s two wives were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah, at least at this point of the scripture, seems to stand alone.  It does make me think however, that daughters-in-law can be a source of distress to us to this day.  (I will say however, that I have three of them and have been so blessed because they are all a source of joy!)

From there we go to the story about Jacob taking Esau’s blessing. You may recall from one of our previous readings that Rebekah loved Jacob but Isaac loved Esau who hunted wild game.  Now we see how a mother’s ambition for her favorite son caused her to encourage him to do something wrong.

In this story, Esau is sent out into the country by his ailing, old father to bring back some game for a tasty meal.  Esau is promised by Jacob that upon his return, he will be given his father’s dying blessing.

Rebekah desires that blessing for her favorite son, so she instructs Jacob to choose two young goats so she can make a tasty meal for him to give to his father, while pretending he was Esau, and thereby receive Isaac’s blessing himself.

Apparently, Isaac could no longer see well because Jacob was not afraid that his father would recognize him by sight but by touch. He knew that his smooth skin would let Isaac know that he was not Esau.

At this point, Rebekah says something that in today’s language I interpret as being, “I’ll take the blame; just do what I say.”

How is this going to turn out?  We’ll see tomorrow.

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Genesis 26 vs. 23-33 with Betty

23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

28 And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord.

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

I love verse 23 in Genesis Chapter 6 which is the first verse in today’s reading.  In this verse, God promises Isaac that he will increase the number of his descendants for the sake of Abraham.  This is something that reminds me of the one thing we can do that may influence the outcome of our children’s lives.  We must follow God the way Abraham did in order that our children will inherit God’s blessing.  (This can happen in all kinds of ways, I think.  Our children might come to God because of our example or because of our prayers.  We are no longer able to talk face to face with the Lord as Abraham and Isaac did, but perhaps even now, if we do our best to be the Lord’s servant in our own lifetimes, He will grant blessings to the children we love.)

At the place where Isaac talked with the Lord, he built an altar to Him.  In this same place he dug a well.

Because Abimelek had discerned that the Lord was with Isaac, he came to see Isaac to obtain a treaty that neither would harm the other.  After a feast, an oath to the treaty was made and Abimelek and his men went away in peace.

On that same day the treaty was sworn, Isaac’s men told him they had found water in the well they were digging.

Both of these events were very important to Isaac and his descendants.  They had secured peace with no bloodshed and had found water that would enable them to prosper.  The Lord was truly with Isaac.

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Genesis 26 vs. 12-22 with Betty

 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Because Abimelek allowed Isaac to remain in the land under his protection, Isaac was able to plant crops on the land and reap such good crops that he became very wealthy, having a lot of livestock and servants.  The Philistines began to envy him. They stopped up all the wells that Abraham had dug.

When Abimelek thought Isaac had become too powerful, he sent Isaac away.  Isaac went back to the land where his father had dug the wells and reopened them. His men dug another well in a valley that also gave them fresh water. The well led to a dispute with the herders of Gerar who claimed the water as their own. Isaac dug another well and the herders also disputed over it. When Isaac’s men dug a third well nobody disputed their claim on the water. With the third well in place, Isaac was sure that his people would flourish.

Isn’t it interesting what kind of man Isaac was?  Apparently, when pressured he bent rather easily because he moved away from Abimelek when requested to do so and also apparently gave up the first two wells because a quarrel developed over them. Yet he was a persistent man because he dug up wells the Philistines had plugged up. (Wasn’t there a chance this would make them angry?)  He also continued to dig wells until he obtained water he could use without dispute.  Perseverance does pay off.

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Genesis 26 vs. 1-11 with Betty

Isaac and Abimelek

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

2 And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

3 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;

4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife; and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Reading the beginning of Genesis Chapter 26 makes me think of a phrase we use jokingly in modern day, “Déjà vu all over again!”

In this reading we see that because of a famine, Isaac has gone to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. (The Lord has told him to go here rather than to Egypt.)

Is this the same King Abimelek that his father Abraham dealt with?  In the absence of extensive bible study, it seems to me this is so.  And here we have Isaac telling Abimelek that Rebekah is his sister!  This, of course, is the same thing Abraham told Abimelek about his wife Sarah.  In Abraham’s case, his wife was also his half sister, but unless I have gotten muddled here, Rebekah had no such relationship by birth with Isaac.

Isaac had been in Abimelek’s land for a long time when Abimelek spotted him caressing Rebekah and knew that Rebekah was Isaac’s wife.

Abimelek asked Isaac why he had told him the untruth and reminded him that one of the men might have slept with Rebekah and brought guilt to his people.

After that, Abimelek gave orders to his people that gave protection to both Isaac and Rebekah.

My thoughts on reading about this happening in the life of Isaac and Rebekah are a mixture.  It reminds me that women in that day were often treated as possessions.  I doubt many women today would be willing to pose as the sister of their husbands in anything other than the direst of emergencies.  Also, it amazes me once again that those whom God walked with and talked with and to whom he promised great nations would be constrained to seek protection by saying things that were not true.  I am beginning to wonder what I am missing about this relationship between God and his children.

Betty Killebrew

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