Children’s Study – Isaac, Part 2 Isaac Is Reminded of God’s Promise

Isaac – Part 2 Isaac is reminded of the Lord’s promise to Abraham

Last time, we saw how Isaac waited for the Lord’s promise of giving him children. He and Rebekah had to wait for 20 years, but Abraham was there to encourage them. This should remind the parents to always encourage their kids to do good, and to be a good example to their kids of trusting God.

On the other hand, we also saw the effect of having bad parents, as Ishmael’s sons were always at war with the families of Ishmael’s brothers.

Let’s continue the story:

Gen 26:1 (GNB) There was another famine in the land besides the earlier one during the time of Abraham. Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar.
Gen 26:2 The LORD had appeared to Isaac and had said, “Do not go to Egypt; stay in this land, where I tell you to stay.

What is a famine? A famine is when there is not enough food, and people are starving. Drought is usually the cause of a famine.

So after waiting for 20 years to have children, here we see Isaac’s faith being tested again. Last time we saw the importance of these trials or tests that the Lord puts us through so that we become mature sons and daughters of God. God is not a parent who will spoil His kids by giving them everything that they want.

Like his father Abraham, Isaac went to Gerar to find some food and water. But unlike Abraham, Isaac was instructed by the Lord to stay in Gerar and not go to Egypt.

Gen 26:3 (GNB) Live here, and I will be with you and bless you. I am going to give all this territory to you and to your descendants. I will keep the promise I made to your father Abraham.

God promises to be with us and to bless us when we obey Him.

Gen 26:4 (MKJV) And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of the heavens, and will give to your seed all these lands. And in your Seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,

In this verse, we see the Lord repeating what He promised to Abraham. When Abraham lived, the Lord repeated His promise to him many times (Gen 12:2-3, Gen 13:6, Gen 15:5).

Why does He do that? Because we forget! As children of God, we need constant encouragement and reminders that God keeps His promises. So don’t get irritated when your parents remind you to do the right thing. You need that constant reminder.

Here’s apostle Paul telling Timothy to remind the people of God the things that he taught him.

2Ti 2:14 (ESV) Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

Here’s the apostle Peter telling us the importance of constant reminder.

2Pe 1:10 (CEV) My friends, you must do all you can to show that God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall.
2Pe 1:11 Then our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you a glorious welcome into his kingdom that will last forever.
2Pe 1:12 You are holding firmly to the truth that you were given. But I am still going to remind you of these things.

Apostle Peter said you already know these things, but I am still going to remind you. If adults need reminding, all the more, children need it.

Let’s continue the story:

Gen 26:5 (GNB) I will bless you, because Abraham obeyed me and kept all my laws and commands.”
Gen 26:6 So Isaac lived at Gerar.
Gen 26:7 When the men there asked about his wife, he said that she was his sister. He would not admit that she was his wife, because he was afraid that the men there would kill him to get Rebecca, who was very beautiful.

Isaac is now sinning the same way Abraham did. Abraham denied Sarah twice for fear of getting killed because of her. And we do this in our life when we deny God and His commandments for fear of losing our friends or family.

Gen 26:8 (ESV) 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.
Gen 26:9 (GNB) Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, “So she is your wife! Why did you say she was your sister?” He answered, “I thought I would be killed if I said she was my wife.”
Gen 26:10 “What have you done to us?” Abimelech said. “One of my men might easily have slept with your wife, and you would have been responsible for our guilt.”
Gen 26:11 Abimelech warned all the people: “Anyone who mistreats this man or his wife will be put to death.”

Even the chosen people of God stumble from time to time and must repent of their sins. We will repent for every one of our sins. We cannot keep any secret from God. We may be able to keep a secret from others, even from our parents, but we will eventually have to ask for mercy for every one of our sins.

Gen 26:12 (GNB) Isaac sowed crops in that land, and that year he harvested a hundred times as much as he had sown, because the LORD blessed him.
Gen 26:13 He continued to prosper and became a very rich man.
Gen 26:14 Because he had many herds of sheep and cattle and many servants, the Philistines were jealous of him.

Isaac’s harvest of a hundred times as much as he had sown should remind us of the hundredfold blessing of the true children of God. And these blessings cause the people of this world to become jealous of us. Even our Lord suffered because of the jealousy of the religious leaders of His day:

Mat 27:20 (CEV) But the chief priests and the leaders convinced the crowds to ask for Barabbas to be set free and for Jesus to be killed.

Mat 27:18 Pilate knew that the leaders had brought Jesus to him because they were jealous.

Let’s continue Isaac’s story:

Gen 26:15 (KJV) For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

We already learned that the well is a symbol of our Lord, who gives us life-giving water, His words. The Philistines, when they filled these wells with dirt, are the symbols of the false churches of this world who mix God’s truth with worldly wisdom.

1Co 2:4 (ERV) My teaching and my speaking were not with wise words that persuade people. But the proof of my teaching was the power that the Spirit gives.
1Co 2:5 I did this so that your faith would be in God’s power, not in human wisdom.
1Co 2:6 We teach wisdom to people who are mature, but the wisdom we teach is not from this world. It is not the wisdom of the rulers of this world, who are losing their power.

Since the rulers of this world, especially the religious world, do not want their lies to be exposed, they want nothing to do with God’s people. Abimelech told Isaac to leave.

Gen 26:16 (GNB) Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave our country. You have become more powerful than we are.”
Gen 26:17 So Isaac left and set up his camp in Gerar Valley, where he stayed for some time.
Gen 26:18 He dug once again the wells which had been dug during the time of Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham’s death. Isaac gave the wells the same names that his father had given them.

Our name is what we are known for. Our name is the symbol of our character. This is why the Bible says that a good name is better than great riches (Pro 22:1).

The Lord gave Abraham a new name. He is the one who molded Abraham’s character. He taught Abraham how to live a godly life.

Abraham then taught Isaac what the Lord has taught him, and Isaac will teach Jacob the same. The same thing is happening in God’s family today; the same training, the same teachings are passed on from generation to generation. As the kids take the surname of the dad in a physical family, so are the same character and qualities developed in God’s family today, from one generation to another.

Joh 17:6 (CEV) You have given me some followers from this world, and I have shown them what you are like [other translations: “I have revealed your name to them”]. They were yours, but you gave them to me, and they have obeyed you.
Joh 17:7 They know that you gave me everything I have.
Joh 17:8 (ESV) For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

Compare those words of our Lord to what He said about Abraham:

Gen 18:19 (ESV) For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Let’s continue Isaac’s story:

Gen 26:19 (ESV) But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water,
Gen 26:20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.
Gen 26:21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.
Gen 26:22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Once again, Isaac’s faith is tested by these people who are staking claim of these wells which his servants have dug. But the true followers of the Lord are not argumentative people. Only worldly people like debating about the words of God. The true children of God learn to stop discussing God’s words when they have already shown the truth twice.

Tit 3:10 (ESV) As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

They know that these arguments are worthless in converting someone God has blinded. They have also learned that it is totally up to God when He wants these people to see the truth.

Gen 26:23 (GNB) From there he went up to Beersheba.
Gen 26:24 And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”
Gen 26:25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

A reminder again. How did Isaac react? He built an altar to thank and worship the Lord. We should have the same thankful attitude every time our parents remind us to be a godly child. We shouldn’t be irritated or even accuse them of nagging.

Gen 26:26 (GNB) Abimelech came from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army to see Isaac.
Gen 26:27 So Isaac asked, “Why have you now come to see me, when you were so unfriendly to me before and made me leave your country?”
Gen 26:28 They answered, “Now we know that the LORD is with you, and we think that there should be a solemn agreement between us. We want you to promise
Gen 26:29 that you will not harm us, just as we did not harm you. We were kind to you and let you go peacefully. Now it is clear that the LORD has blessed you.”
Gen 26:30 Isaac prepared a feast for them, and they ate and drank.

The people of this world will one day acknowledge the true sons and daughters of God. Those who rule this world, even the leaders of the false religions of the world will be made to bow down to the elect when Christ returns. But in the meantime, like Isaac, we should strive to live in peace with them.

Gen 26:31 (ESV) In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.

1Ti 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people;
1Ti 2:2 for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.

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