History repeats itself. Like father, like son.
These may sound somewhat cliché, but there is some truth about the statement. It’s not just about stereotyping people.
Isaac travelled to Gerar to get away from famine. He followed the Lord’s guidance in staying clear of Egypt and choosing instead to go to King Abimelech of the Philistines. He had a sure promise of blessings to come. God promised to honour the memory of Abraham, ever so faithful. In resorting to tricks, however, he did just as his father before him had done. Were they foolishly trying to help God out? Or were they simply wise?
Having the attractive Rebekah for his wife, Isaac feared that the Philistines might kill him to have his wife. So he told them that Rebekah was his sister.
Haven’t we heard this before? Hear Abram to Sarai:
Say you are my sister, so that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared on your account.” (Genesis 12: 13}
And after Pharaoh endured plagues, hear him to Abram:
“What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her, and be gone.” (Genesis 12: 18-19)
While residing at Gerar, Abraham did the same thing to King Abimelech who became intimate with Sarah.
Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought such great guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What were you thinking of, that you did this thing?” 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife (Genesis 20: 9-10).
Good for Abimelech, this time, that the king caught sight of Isaac fondling his wife. He wasn’t invading their privacy. He just looked out of his window. Lucky for him So he confronted Isaac. “So she is your wife! Why then did you say, “She is my sister’?”
Abimelech explained the risk that Isaac had exposed them to – lusting after and possibly being intimate with his wife. But the host king who had learned his lesson was stern in his graciousness- gracious to Isaac and Rebekah, and stern towards his men as he forbade any of them to touch Isaac’s wife.
All- wise God, deliver us from our own schemes that they may not destroy us. Amen