Genesis 26:2-6 gives the account of God appearing to Isaac to reassure him that he would bless Isaac and commanded him to not go to Egypt, but to stay in Gerar, where Isaac had gone to seek comfort from the famine in the land, from the king of Gerar – Abimelech. Here we find God tell Isaac to sojourn in the land of Gerar and that he will bless Isaac and his seed and give unto Isaac’s seed all the countries. God reaffirms what he had promised to Abraham, that through his seed (and now Isaac’s seed) would all nations of the earth be blessed. Although God has no need to give an explanation as to why Isaac and his seed would be blessed and be a blessing, God gives a reason. It is because Abraham obeyed his voice and kept his charge (requirements), commandments, statutes and laws.
Points to ponder:
Jesus is the hope of all nations (Matthew 12:21), a blessing to all of the world, that came through the seed of Abraham and Isaac (Galatians 3:16). When we obey God’s voice fully and keep his charge, commandments, statutes and law, not only will be blessed because of his faithfulness, but we will also be a blessing to many. Now complete the sentence, Because of my obedience to God’s voice, …
Genesis 26:2-6 (KJV)
2 And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: