Peace be unto you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
Today we will read Genesis 26:23-35
Let us start with a prayer:
Father God Almighty, we thank you for viewing us as righteous through your son Jesus Christ, even though we do not deserve it. Thank you Lord Jesus for your blood, thank you for your name, and thank you for the forgiveness of our sin. Spirit of the living God, please fall afresh on our blog and direct every word that is written on this blog. Bless our blog and everyone who reads it. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior we pray. Amen.
Let’s continue where we left off!
Open your bible to Genesis 26:23-35
Verse Twenty-Three: Then he went up from there to Beersheba.
In Genesis 21:31, Abraham named this place Beersheba, because he and Abimelech swore an oath there agreeing that the well belonged to Abraham.
Verse Twenty-Four: And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”
In Deuteronomy 7:9 the bible teaches us that our God is a faithful covenant keeping God. His love is everlasting to a thousand generations, to those who love him and keep his commandments.
Verse Twenty-Five: So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
Jacob continued to receive God’s love and blessings because, like his father, he was devoted to a life of service to the Lord.
Verse Twenty-Six: Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army.
Wasn’t there a similar royal visit paid to Abraham because the men of the old Abimelech had seized Abraham’s well of water? Fearing reprisal from God, King Abimelech then paid Abraham a visit of appeasement.
Verse Twenty-Seven: And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
Verses Twenty-Eight and Twenty-nine: But they said, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.’”
In Romans 8-31 the word of God quotes this question, “if God is with us, who can be against us?” Seeing that God was with Isaac, as with his father Abraham, was a sure way of getting a prompt royal visit of appeasement from the king himself. Both kings of Abraham and Isaac’s era surely had the fear of God in them, and that had to have made them the wisest kings of their generation.
Verse-Thirty: So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
Verse Thirty-One: Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
Verse Thirty-Two: It came to pass the same day that Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.”
Verse Thirty-Three: So he called it Shebah. Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
Verse Thirty-Four: When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
Esau married daughters of Beeri and Elon the Hittites. He took wives from the place his grandfather Abraham made his servant swear in an oath, that he would never let his son Isaac marry any of their daughters. Genesis 10:3
Although the bible did not explain as to why Abraham felt so strongly in his conviction against the daughters of the Hittites and the Canaanites, but it is safe to assume that, as a man who took his directives from God Almighty, he might have had a good reason for his conviction.
We should also keep in mind that in Genesis 10:1, 10:6, and 10:15 the Hittites descended from Heth, who was the son of Canaan, whom Noah cursed in Genesis 9:27 because his father Ham had stripped his grandfather Noah of all dignity by announcing to his brothers the undignified state he had found him.
Verse Thirty-Five: And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah.
The word of God is telling us in this verse that Esau and his wives gave Isaac and Rebekah grief. Grief is a negative spirit that is not of God. If it is not of God, it is evil.
As in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 the spirit of our God Almighty is love. Any trait that does not derive from love, derives from evil.
There are three doctrines on this earth that will last. They are love, faith, and hope, but the greatest of these is love. Love is the greatest and love is of God Almighty. 1 Corinthians 13:13
May the love of our God Almighty be in us always and forever. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.
Thank you for reading the bible with me.
I want you to know, that no matter who you are out there or what your history is, God promises salvation to you and the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son, cleanses you from all sin. No matter what you have done you will be forgiven and saved as long as you accept Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, that He sent down here from heaven to be a sacrificial lamb for the cleansing of our sins so that our names can be written in the book of life guaranteeing a spot in heaven for us.
Jesus Christ is coming soon, sooner than you think! He could come back for his followers at anytime, so we should make ourselves ready. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, pray this with me from your heart: Lord Jesus I’m a sinner, you died on the cross to save me from my sin, you shed your precious blood to wash away every taint, every stain and now I believe in you Jesus. I accept you as my Lord and my savior. Come into my heart, save me with your precious blood. In your Holy name I pray. Amen.
I hope you prayed that prayer with me. God willing, I’ll see you on Monday.