But faith doesn’t go long unchallenged:
And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
And the men of the place asked him of his wife;and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
So, Isaac has a circumstance similar to Abraham’s and he does the same thing. It’sproof in my mind that God doesn’t call the just but rather justifies the called. WithAbraham God let things appear to get more out of hand, but things don’t go so farthis time:
And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaacwas sporting with Rebekah his wife.
And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife; and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.
And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness uponus.
And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
Part of God’s provision is to let Isaac be caught in his lie, but the result issomewhat baffling. Abimelech seems (and has the right to be) a little angry, but instead of punishment he issues an edict of protection. Seeing that the king’s heart is like a channel of water turning wherever God turns it (Prov. 21:1), we know that this is sovereign protection from God.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
And the man waxed great, andwent forward, and grew until he became very great:
For he had possessionof flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants:
God has a covenant to keep with Abraham and it must be through Isaac. If thisman is to be turned into a great nation, then it stands to reason that he will begreatly blessed. God does all this in giving him great success and possessions. But all this doesn’t come without a price:
and the Philistines envied him.
This alien comes in merely to escape a famine and instead receives favor from theking and abundance from God. They don’t do well with it and want to harm himany way they can: