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Genesis 26:1-35

This study is part of our series of verse by verse studies of Genesis, the 1st book in the Bible. Taught by our pastor, Simeon Forder, at our Sunday morning service on the 18th February 2024.

About this book

Genesis is the first book in the Bible, and in its more than 1500 verses, there are over 50 prophecies, 100+ commands, over 70 promises, and almost 100 distinct messages from God. As well as recording the firsts of so many things — including the first marriage, sin, child, murder, death, laughs, tears — this book also explains God’s established order in all things; from creation to Israel, marriage to tithing, and all before the law is even mentioned. But ultimately, this book points to Jesus as our Saviour, not only in obvious ways, but in its smaller details too.

About this study

In this chapter Isaac faces several situations that his father, Abraham, also did. And while he shows good character, and ultimately obedience to the Lord, he also makes an unusual error, telling an outright lie. In this, and the situation that unfolds, there are challenges to us today. And there is further challenge as this chapter ends, and we see Esau choose not one, but two wives, from the nations surrounding them – something Abraham had been crystal clear Isaac should avoid.

Application questions

  • Are you standing perilously close the line of compromise?
  • Parents, are you setting an example in obedience and faith that you want your children to follow?
  • When you are rightly rebuked for doing wrong, do you take it patiently?
  • Are you honouring God in your romantic relationships?


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