Genesis 26 – Pursuit

It seems like God’s blessing of His people more often than not leads to contention rather than pursuit.  Isaac goes and lives in the land of the Philistines due to a famine in the land of Canaan.  He and all his household.  While he is there God blesses him.  His crops grow a hundredfold.  God continues to bless him in many other ways as well.

You would think that with God blessing Isaac as he does, Abimelech the king of the Philistines would pursue Isaac and the God of Isaac.  You would think that they would want to be connected to the God and man of God who blesses in such ways.  Instead they fear him.  Instead, they send him away.

This leads to contention between Abimelech and Isaac’s herdsmen.  Trouble that could lead to war between the two, what Abimelech feared.  But, Isaac was not interested in stirring up trouble.  He was a peacekeeper who turned away from the conflict.  As a result Abimelech did pursue Isaac, but not for the right reasons.  He pursued a peace covenant with Isaac, not to know more the God that blessed his people so.  As a result, he got his peace treaty / covenant, but it will come at the cost of the nation later on.

It’s also interesting to note that Isaac pursued as well.  He went in pursuit of more wives.  He got what he was pursuing, but at the cost of peace for himself and his household.

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