URC Daily Devotion Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Wednesday 3rd June – Like father, like son…

Genesis 26 1 – 16

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Abimelech of the Philistines. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; settle in the land that I shall show you. Reside in this land as an alien, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will fulfil the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.  I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nations of the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring,  because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.’

So Isaac settled in Gerar. When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, ‘She is my sister’; for he was afraid to say, ‘My wife,’ thinking, ‘or else the men of the place might kill me for the sake of Rebekah, because she is attractive in appearance.’  When Isaac had been there a long time, King Abimelech of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw him fondling his wife Rebekah.  So Abimelech called for Isaac, and said, ‘So she is your wife! Why then did you say, “She is my sister”?’ Isaac said to him, ‘Because I thought I might die because of her.’ 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.’ So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, ‘Whoever touches this man or his wife shall be put to death.’

Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him,  and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy.  He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.  (Now the Philistines had stopped up and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.)  And Abimelech said to Isaac, ‘Go away from us; you have become too powerful for us.’


I am sure that, like me, many of you have heard many times people say to you “ohhh, you must be x’s son/daughter!”. Having read today’s passage, I am sure Isaac also experienced this as there are so many comparisons between his life and his father Abraham’s life.
Following on from a famine in Isaac’s time, he wanted to go down to Egypt just as his father had done. God did not want this and so similarly to what he did with Abraham, appeared to Isaac and told him to stay in the land of which God had told him.  God then told Isaac about the oath that was given to his father which includes the promise of a land, a nation and a blessing that he has now inherited. Even though Abraham’s obedience to this covenant wasn’t always 100%, God still kept it to bestow onto Isaac.
Isaac also fell for the same evil as his father. Both Isaac and Abraham had a beautiful wife and feared for their own safety that someone may kill them for their wife which is why they both said their wife was their sister. Had someone  slept with Isaac’s wife then God would have punished them severely. Isaac though he could hide the obvious to others which is often the case with sin among God’s people.  

In this passage we learn how similar Isaac is to his father Abraham they both made mistakes but they ultimately followed their heavenly father and God blessed them. In the same was we will make the same mistakes as our dads but God our heavenly Father has still promised to bless us too
Dear Lord,
Give us the strength and courage to know right from wrong,
In times of need may we remember your blessing over us
Help us to remember how you died on the cross to save us from our sins,
In Jesus’ name,




Today’s writer

Reuben Watt, Youth Assembly Moderator and Elder, Reigate Park Church 


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