unlikely relationships

030214Genesis 26:23 – 35

23 He went up from there to Beer-sheba.

24 And the LORD appeared to him in that night and he said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Do not fear, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”

25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And Isaac’s servants dug a well there.

26 When Abimelech visited him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army,

27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”

28 They said, “We see clearly that the LORD has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,

29 that you will not do harm to us, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.”

30 So he prepared them a feast, and they ate and drank.

31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they left from him in peace.

32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.”

33 He called it Shibah; so the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

34 When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite,

35 and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah. _________________________________________

unlikely relationships

The Philistines make a covenant with Isaac here. Isaac was surprised, since they had been enemies when he lived there before, but they explained that they had let him live, so they could not have been that mad at him. Regardless if Isaac bought that or not, he still decided to solidify this new relationship with an oath of mutual protection, and gave them a covenant feast.

Esau makes some new relationships as well. When he turns 40, he marries into two Hittite clans, and these new relatives caused bitterness of spirit for his parents, Isaac and Rebekah. It was another bad choice in a line of them.

LORD, give us the wisdom to choose our friends wisely, based on our commitment to you. Also, may our choices reflect the desire to bring reconciliation and peace between you and the lost.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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