6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar. 7 The men of that place asked him about his wife. He said, “She’s my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She’s my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me because of Rebekah. She’s a beautiful woman.” 8 Isaac had been there a long time. One day Abimelek, the king of the Philistines, looked down from a window. He saw Isaac hugging and kissing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek sent for Isaac. He said, “She’s really your wife, isn’t she? Why did you say she was your sister?” Isaac answered him, “I thought I might lose my life because of her.” 10 Then Abimelek said, “What have you done to us? What if one of the men slept with your wife? Then you would have made us guilty.” 11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people. He said, “Anyone who harms this man or his wife will surely be put to death.” 12 Isaac planted crops in that land. That same year he gathered 100 times more than he planted. That was because the Lord blessed him. 13 Isaac became rich. His wealth continued to grow until he became very rich. 14 He had many flocks and herds and servants. Isaac had so much that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15 So they stopped up all the wells the servants of his father Abraham had dug. They filled them with dirt. 16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us. You have become too powerful for us.”
We learn at the beginning of this passage that Isaac is obedient to the word from the Lord earlier “stay here in this land of Gerar”. However Isaac is intimidate by the men in the land and is scared that they will kill him to have his wife. As a result he lies. (His father had done the same!!)
However we discover that the King Abimelech learns the truth, makes a public proclamation to protect Isaac and Rebekah. THAT YEAR Isaac’s crops were tremendous. Harvesting hundreds of times more than he planted. The Lord blessed him. It goes on to tell us that he becomes a VERY rich man. The Philistines are jealous, fill his wells and the King asks him to leave Gerar.
As I reflect on this passage – what comes to me is the blessing and power of telling the truth. Honesty is so important as it reflects our character. Small things matter to God. The obedience of Isaac and the truth brings a blessing to his circumstances. In the end Isaac does move on from Gerar but had he moved earlier he may have missed the blessing.
God positions us in jobs, locations, churches for a reason, sometimes a season – but allow Him to direct our path.
Lord help me to listen to you. May I always tell the truth so that I would honour you. May I not move from places because I think it is a good idea but because you have led me. Help me to obey you in all areas.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta