June 6 – Genesis 26:1-14

June 6 – Genesis 26:1-14

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Heavenly Father, how You must get tired of our disobedience and deception. Why can’t we just follow Your lead without putting our own desires into our actions? Why can’t I just follow You without adding my own thoughts and desires? I know that is why You sent Jesus. I just can’t imagine how tired You must get of our deceptions. Why can’t we realize You see everything and nothing is hidden from Your sight?
Oh Father, help me focus on pleasing You and honoring You and not what I think the world expects or what will keep me safe. I know Your opinion is the only one that matters, yet I continue to act as if the opinion of the world matters. Help me stay focused on You and on sharing Your light with this dying world, rather than caring what a sinful, dying world thinks is important. Help me share truth!
In Jesus’ name.

These scriptures share the beginning of yet another famine. They are filled with more deception and even more amazing blessings.
What did God tell Isaac to do in the midst of the famine and how did Isaac obey?
Isaac was very much like his father in these scriptures. How did Isaac try to outsmart King Abimelech and why?
What cued King Abimelech to the truth of the deception and what was his response?
Once again God proves His faithfulness. How did His faithfulness prevail in these scriptures?
How does His overwhelming faithfulness exist in your life?

Genesis 26:1-14
Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. 4 I will 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, 5 because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." 6 So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7 When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he feared to say, "My wife," thinking, "lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah," because she was attractive in appearance. 8 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife. 9 So Abimelech called Isaac and said, "Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, 'She is my sister'?" Isaac said to him, "Because I thought, 'Lest I die because 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 warned all the people, saying, "Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death." 12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him.


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