14. January 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T GO DOWN THAT SAME ROUTE · Categories: Choices, Jesus Christ

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.” (Genesis 26:2-4 NLT)

Beloved, in our feature text, we see the Lord telling Isaac not to go down to Egypt, but why? Well, we are told that… a severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time. So Isaac moved to Gerar… (Genesis 26:1 NLT). It was at this point that the Lord appeared to Isaac telling him not to go to Egypt and the interesting thing is that we find that this was the exact thing that happened to Abraham in his own days. We are told that… at that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner (Genesis 12:10 NLT).

So, a famine forced Abraham to go down to Egypt but when Isaac saw himself in the same situation, the Lord told him “No! No! No! Don’t you dare go down that route” and Isaac didn’t. However, I’m not sure it was just about a geographical location because Isaac still did something his father did.

We are told that… Isaac stayed in Gerar. When the men who lived there asked Isaac 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.” (Genesis 26:6-7 NLT)

Beloved, Isaac lied about his wife just like his dad. We are also told that as Abraham… was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.” (Genesis 12:10-13 NLT)

Beloved, Isaac still went down the same route. So, what was Isaac supposed to do? Perhaps, he was supposed to identify the negative patterns in his father’s life and make a conscious decision not to go down that same route. He had to study his family history and that’s what some of us need to do and that is to decide that I’m going to be the generation in my bloodline that says no more.

The Samaritan woman was caught in a vicious cycle (John 4:12) until Jesus helped her break that pattern. We also need to identify the generational patterns and traditions in our families and work with the Holy Spirit to break them.


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