Day 26 – Genesis 26

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Isaac lived the longest of these four generations (Abraham to the sons of Jacob). See his age in chapter 35:28. We don't read of any outstanding acts in his life. He was the ordinary son of a famous father, Abraham, and the ordinary father of a famous son, Jacob.
V. 1-6 God often had to tell Abraham and Isaac to stay in the land which God had sent them. But they had a pull toward Egypt. 12:10, 26:1-2. Remember that Egypt in scripture is a picture of this world in which we live it attracts us if we let it.
V. 7 -16. Like his father, Isaac tells a lie about his life, and almost brings a great sin (verse 10) upon them all. Abimelech is an upright man, and has the courage to speak sharply to Isaac about the wrong he had done.
V. 17-25 Isaac reopens the wells which had been filled in. He calls them by their old names. In our days many things are getting new names. It is always good for the believer to go hack to the beginning to the apostles' days, apostles' doctrine and the apostles' fellowship, Acts 2:4242And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42).
V. 23-24 So soon as Isaac returns to Beersheba, notice what happened "the same night". It is only when we get back into the proper path, do we enjoy communion with God.
V. 25 Let's not think that we can live as we choose and still be guided by God. Read these verses carefully. Only on restoration do we see the Lord drawing close to Isaac. Four lovely symbols here: (1) the altar, (2) prayer, (3) the tent and (4) the well. The first is a picture of worship or communion with God-John 4:2323But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (John 4:23). The second is an expression of dependence on God Psa. 62:1-21<<To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.>> Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. (Psalm 62:1‑2). The third is a picture of testimony or a witness to those around that we are just passing through John 17:1616They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:16). And the fourth, a source of refreshment; like the Holy Spirit in us John 7:38, 3938He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:38‑39). Down in Gerer, Isaac had neither joy, peace nor influence.