Talks for Growing Christians
Isaac’s Sojourn in the Land of the Philistines
Lesson Number 59
- God keeps His promises in spite of the mistakes of believers.
- God keeps His promises in spite of the hostilities of unbelievers.
- Don’t give the unbeliever an opportunity to rebuke you.
- Don’t copy the sins of your parents.
- What did Isaac do, according to his reasoning, to protect his wife from the Philistines? Was it the right thing to do?
- From whom did Isaac likely learn this?
- What were some of the promises God made to Abraham and his descendants?
- Where did God want Abraham, then Isaac to stay? Did they stay there?
- Did God keep His promises to Isaac in spite of his mistakes?
- What did the Philistines do to Isaac that would have been considered an act of war?
- How was Isaac rebuked by an unbeliever?
- He lied and said that his wife was his sister. No, it was wrong.
- His father, Abraham, for he had done the same thing twice. See Genesis 12:11-19 and Genesis 20:2.
- See what is known as the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12:1-3, 7. These promises included spiritual and material blessings, the promise of the land of Canaan, many descendants, and of the coming Messiah through whom all the earth would be blessed.
- In the land the Lord had given to them. Abraham, instead, went to Egypt, and Isaac was headed to Egypt, going into the land of the Philistines.
- Yes. Isaac sowed in the land and reaped onehundredfold, even in time of famine. He continued prospering with many possessions.
- They stopped up all the wells that his father had digged.
- Isaac was rebuked by Abimelech, a pagan king, because he lied about his wife, calling her his sister. See Genesis 26:7-11. Abimelech was more honorable than Isaac.
- God kept His promises to Abraham and Isaac in spite of their mistakes. How has God shown such grace to you in spite of your mistakes?
- Are you content to dwell in the land where God has placed you, or are you looking to an “Egypt,” where the grass looks greener?
- Do you truly believe that God can keep you? That no one and nothing can stop God’s promises of blessing for you? Read Romans 8:31-32 and Romans 8:35.
- Isaac was rebuked by a pagan king, an unbeliever. Have you ever been rebuked by an unbeliever? Don’t give an unbeliever such an opportunity.
- “The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt...” Genesis 26:2
- “Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.” Genesis 26:3
- “She is my sister. I said this lest I die on account of her.” Genesis 26:7, 9
- “Isaac sowed in the land, and reaped a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.” Genesis 26:12