Today’s Reading: Genesis 26
Key Verse: But some time later, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac caressing Rebekah. – Genesis 26:8
As a child, I enjoyed hearing stories of times past. Listening to stories from my parents childhood or World War 2 from my grandfather. Likewise, I imagine Isaac loved to listen to Abraham, and Sarah speak of God’s wonderful deeds towards them. They had plenty to share about the miracles of God. Not Forgetting Isaac, himself, was a miracle granted to them, in their old age!
What about the occasion God told King Abimelech in a dream not to touch Sarah after Abraham convinced her to lie to the king and claim she was his sister to protect himself. Did Abraham or Sarah tell Isaac about that occasion?
History has a way of repeating itself. In Genesis 26, there was another famine and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in the land of Gerar. Decades later, Abimelech is again mentioned, whether he is the same king albeit much older or a descendant we do not know. What we do know is here we have the next generation, Isaac, following quite literally in his father’s footstep.
“Like father, like son” certainly applies to this situation. Possibly, the similarity should not surprise us, Proverbs 22:6 says “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it”. Consequently, the same applies to directing our children onto the wrong path. Would Isaac have made the same mistake if Abraham had told him of his actions? It is vital we deal with our sinful actions now, speak truthful of our mistakes and not to pass them onto the next generation to follow.