Read: Genesis 25-27
Reflect: Genesis 25 records the genealogy of Abraham and his wife Keturah and the birth of Isaac’s sons. Genesis 25:7-8 is the culmination of a long life lived and these words bring me comfort.
7 These are [d]all the years of Abraham’s life that he lived, one hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a [e]ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people.
Moving into Chapter 26 we learn a little more about Isaac and Rebekah. Genesis 26:6-11
“6 So Isaac [h]lived in Gerar. 7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say, “my wife,”thinking, “[i]the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful.” 8 It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘I might die on account 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 charged all the people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.””
So, Jacob repeats the same sin of his father and has an unfortunate result, just as Abraham had. I have to wonder if this is a sign of a hard path about to be taken by Isaac. Isaac encounters some challenges but repeatedly it is recorded that God blessed Isaac.
Genesis 26:34-35 34 When Esau was forty years old he [ae]married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they [af]brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
Genesis 27 is possibly a more familiar passage for you, Rebekah encourages her son to betray his father and brother and sneakily gets all of Isaac’s blessings. Genesis 27:41 “41 So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said [v]to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” “
Record: It seems clear to me that Rebekah was pretty concerned to make sure her favorite son was named heir. So determined that she had no issue causing a feud between her sons, or a rift in her marriage. To me, these action scream “wilderness”. When we first read of Isaac and Rebekah they are obedient to God and yet as life goes on it almost seems as if God’s blessing was an expectation. There was a confidence attached to behaving in a way of personal greed and still having God’s protection and support with financial gain.
Isaac gave in to the same fear his father had faced many years prior and he also showed himself to be a flawed leader at times disobeying God and allowing Esau to marry a Hittite and it’s documented that caused a lot of misery.
You might wonder why Isaac didn’t just take back his blessing when he discovered Jacob had tricked him? Do a little research in a study bible or at Bible Gateway and see if you can figure out why Isaac didn’t just take things back.
Review: To me this season screams wilderness because I can relate. There are plenty of examples in life (my own included) where even though we live a life that doesn’t glorify God he still blesses us. It doesn’t make sense unless you factor in two things. 1) God is a loving and gracious God 2) He always keeps his promises.
God promised Abraham that his descendants would be blessed and he also told Abraham that Isaac was the son who that line would go through. As we can see though, just because God blessed aspects of Isaac’s life it didn’t mean everything was perfect. Where did we read that?
The further Isaac and Rebekah strayed from God the more they seemed to find themselves discontent. Do you agree with my thoughts?