Genesis Lesson 16 Day 5

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Genesis 26

Isaac repeats Abraham’s mistakes.

12) “Do not go down to Egypt.”

What command and what promises did God give Isaac in Genesis 26:1-5?

Again, famine came upon the land. Isaac responds by moving toward Egypt.

The Lord commands Isaac, “Do not go down to Egypt. Dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land,

It’s interesting God seems to repeat Himself by saying “dwell in the land” and “sojourn in this land.” (The NIV uses the words live and stay.) In Hebrew they are two different but similar words.

Dwell (šə·ḵōn)—To settle down, abide, dwell4

Sojourn…as a foreigner (gūr)To turn aside from the road, sojourn, to shrink, fear, to gather for, hostility4

While the Lord says, live there for awhile, but keep your distance from the inhabitants. Don’t buy land or become citizens.

“I Will” Promises

  • Be with you and
  • Bless you
  • Give all these lands to you and to your offspring, and I will
  • Establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father.
  • Multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will
  • Give to your offspring all these lands. And
  • In your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,


The Lord promised to be with Isaac “because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statues, and my laws.”

That’s so wonderful, that the faithfulness of our parent(s) provides protection for us because we are their son or daughter. It reassures us as parents because our obedience to God protects our own children.

Importance of God’s timing for Isaac

Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

13) Isaac repeats Abraham’s choices.


“, , ,there was a famine in the land. . .Say you are my sister. . .” (Genesis 12:10-13)

“Abraham . . . sojourned in Gerar. Abraham said of Sarah . . . ‘She is my sister'” (Genesis 20:1-13)

Abraham and Abimelech “made a covenant at Beersheba. . . Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.” (Genesis 21:22-34)


Fear and lies

Isaac settled in the Philistine territory of Gerar. When some of the men asked him about Rebekah, he said, “She is my sister” because he was afraid they would kill him because she was attractive. After he was there for a long time, Abimelech saw him with Rebekah and knew they were married.

(In Genesis 26:8, the Hebrew word usually translated as caressing isn’t its typical meaning. In fact, this is the only instance. It’s usually translated as laugh or laughing, jesting, mocking, make sport, entertained, or to play. So perhaps they were being playful with each other.)

Abimelech confronted Isaac about it just as the Abimelechs before confronted Abraham.

14) Uncontrolled fear leads to irrational thinking.

Own up to our mistakes. Tell our family how God brought us through anyway, and explain why we should have trusted Him to fulfill His promises without resorting to lies, deception or works of the flesh.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

If God is for us, who can be against us?

15) Isaac pursued peace

Just like his father before him, God prospered Isaac. He became rich and then very wealthy. The Philistines stopped up his wells just as they did Abraham’s.

Because of their jealousy and fear, Abimelech asked Isaac to move away, and he did.

Abimelech, his adviser and army commander later came to Isaac and requested he make a treaty with them. They realized Isaac was favored by God, and a peace treaty was in their best interest.

At Beersheba the Lord appeared to Isaac and renewed the promise He made to Abraham. Isaac built an altar to the Lord.

16) God allows challenges

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:71-72

Cause us to seek Him. (Job 5:8)

We learn He will never leaves us. (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5-6; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 55:22; Romans 8:28)

Teach us patience (Romans 5:3-4)

Redirect our course

We learn about God’s attributes.

Hagar learned He is the God who sees us.

The lepers learned He is the God who heals.

We learn He is a refuge. (Nahum 1:7)

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