Genesis 26 Commentary
The chapter begins with the LORD instructing Isaac not to go to Egypt because of the famine. Important is the repeat of the blessing. It is futuristic in nature. Isaac wasn’t the seed. The LORD is still talking about Isaac’s seed. The Bible is written like it is always pointing to something else, something beyond the context. One would think that Isaac is the seed but the LORD still talks of the seed to come from Isaac’s line.
Abimelech again. Like his father, Isaac also lies about his wife. But the LORD helps him. I’m reminded of our own failures and the LORD’S mercies.
The picture we get is that of Isaac wandering about from place to place. He accumulates more wealth. The LORD constantly speaks to Isaac. We again see the nations lining up to have an association with the blessed Isaac. They can see the blessing. Isaac has a good harvest at a difficult time for everyone. This can only come from the LORD. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with a man like that? The nations can be blessed through Isaac. How the LORD wants us to be exactly like Isaac! That is our calling.
Then we have Esau and his poor decisions. He marries from within the bad community and this association with women from Canaan displeases the parents. Esau is doing a bad job which says a lot about his own character.
Like his father Abraham, Isaac has king status. King Abimelech sees him as king.