These chapters showcase God’s commitment to the promise. He renews and reminds Isaac of the blessings and relationship that God promised to Abraham for both him and his descendants. Abraham’s death did not extinguish this promise, the promise that God ultimately fulfills in the person, life, and work of Jesus Christ. This promise precedes God’s exhortation in Genesis 26:24-25 of a life walking in God’s commands and statutes. Today we live in the Gospel, knowing that through Jesus’ sacrifice we no longer fear eternal condemnation. This knowledge can overwhelm us, leading us to the conclusion that our actions do not matter at all. God does allow us to suffer consequences, both good and bad, in this life and in our relationships. As we live our lives, following God’s law will yield blessings for us and ignoring God’s law can result in broken relationships and broken lives.
Today’s B.I.B.L.E. Takeaways:
Blessings from God
In today’s reading, we again see God blessing Isaac in Genesis 26:12-14. God’s mercy toward Abimelech and his people also shows us God blessing and protecting His creation.
Instructions for Us
We can learn from the example in Genesis 25:21 that God works through prayer and go to Him with our needs of this life. Genesis 26:4-5 also encourages us to “obey [God’s] voice and keep [His] charge, [His] commandments, [His] statutes, and [His] laws.”
Here we see Isaac connected to Abraham’s early life through the character of Abimelech, who really doesn’t seem like such a bad guy.
These passages do not contain any particularly difficult to understand passages.
I always get excited when I notice passages like Genesis 25:21, getting to hear and see stories of God answering the prayers of His people.
Topics to Pray About:
- Thank God for the blessings He brings into your life.
- Confess to God times when you don’t walk according to His commands.
- Ask God to step into our lives and keep us from sin.
In His Service,