6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar. 7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” 8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.” 10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. 16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”
What an action packed 10 verses! We have obedience in that Isaac remained in Gerar and didn’t go to Egypt in a time of famine. He trusted God for his safety and livelihood but perhaps not his relationships as he lied about Rebekah being his sister instead of his wife. In time he is found out, Abimelech offended and possibly angered but orders a decree to leave the couple alone or face death. Isaac and Rebekah are left to live in peace and not only become successful but incredibly wealthy under God’s hand of blessing. Isaac may have been fearful of the Philistines to begin with but in the end the Philistines became jealous and fearful of him and moved him on.
It’s hard to get past Isaac harvesting a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. What a return! It goes onto say that he became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. God clearly didn’t have a problem with blessing his children. God’s blessing upon Isaac and Rebekah was evident to all. Sometimes it’s good just to pause and know that God wants to bless his children and to be comfortable in that knowledge. It’s an understanding that can be contested even by ourselves as believers! It’s good to regularly reflect on God’s willingness to bless his children.
Dear God, thank you that you are a God that abundantly blesses his children in many ways across the generations. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods