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Do Not Fear For GOD Is With You (Genesis 26:24)

Sermon on 2 July 2023 by Sis Hui Ling

Abraham deceived Abimelech :

Genesis 20:11-13

v2 Abraham introduced sarah as his

sister. Abimelech took her to his

palace

v3-6 GOD knowing Abimelech was

innocent, warned him in a dream

not to touch sarah, for she was

married,and to return her to

Abraham

v8-10 Abimelech returned to sarah and

demand to know why abraham had

deceived him, potentially causing

him to sin.

v11 Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is

a godless place. They will want my

wife and will kill me to get her.’


Severe famine - Issac deceives Abimelech:

v1 Severe famine causing Issac to

move to Gerar, where Abimelech,

king of the Philistines lived

v2-6 The lord appeared to Issac to instruct

him not go down to Egypt, but to live

as a foreigner in Gerar. GOD

promised to be with Issac and bless

him. He also confirmed the lands will

be given to Issac and his

descendants, can cause his

descendants to become as

numerous as the stars of the sky. so

Issac stayed in Gerar.


v7 When the men who lived there

asked Issac about his wife,

Rebekah, he said, "She is my

sister." He was afraid to say, " She is

my wife." He thought, "They will kill

me to get her, because she is so

beautiful."


Do we use our own wisdom when we face fear?


GOD gave his promise !

The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you. Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.”


Our own wisdom can end up as a disaster.

God rescues !

26:8

Abimelech happened to look out his window and saw Issac caressing Rebeka.

26:9-10

Abimelech immediately called for Issac and chided him for deceiving him and his people. Abimelech feared sinning against GOD by touching Rebekah.


Abimelech issued a public proclamation:

“ Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death!”


. Do you really think Abimelech and his people are GOD-fearing ?


. If they were GOD-fearing, why would Abraham and Issac have a cause for fear


“I will be with you”

Despite the disaster of Issac’s own wisdom, this came from GOD!


Abimelech issued a public proclamation:

“ Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death! ”


Not just the protection

Protection is to defend against losses

“ I will be with you and bless you”

Blessings are additions


God's blessings upon Issac

. v16. Conflicts due to jealousy -

Abimelech sent Issac away but

didn't harm him.

. v22 After mang conflicts over wells,

Issac found a well that no one

disputed ownership with him.


. v23-25 God appeared to Issac and

reminded + confirmed his

Promises to Issac again


. v26-31 Abimelech sought out to Issac to

make peace and take an oath

with Issac not to interfere with

each other ( just as he did with

Abraham )


History would repeat itself…

When Rebekah was pregnant with twins, they struggled with each other in her womb. She went to ask the LORD about it. And the LORD told her, “ The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other: and your older son will serve your younger son.”


Own wisdom in times of worry

. Rebekah favored Jacob and probably

also remembered GOD’S words that the

younger will rule over the older.

. Issac was old and wanted to bless Esau.

Rebekah overheard Issac’s conversation

with Esau and plotted with Jacob to cheat

blessings from Issac.


Genesis 27:11-13

“But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.” But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”


God redeemed the human wisdom disaster again

. Because of Rebekahh’s and Jacob’s deception, Jacob had to flee from his family for many years and got cheated himself. Meanwhile Rebekah died without seeing Jacob again.


. Eventually, Jacob and Esau made peace and managed to reunite with Issac.


Genesis 33:3b-4

,he bowed to the ground seven times before him. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.


Genesis 35:27-29

So Jacob returned to his father, Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as foreigners. Isaac lived for 180 years. Then he breathed his last and died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him.


Don't let your worries and fear run wild

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.


Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

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