Another food shortage occurred, but God told Isaac not to go to Egypt as his father had done. “Instead,” God said, “settle in the land I will show you.” And God echoed the details of the promise he had given to Abraham.
Isaac took his family and settled in Gerar. When the men noticed the alluring Rebekah, Isaac lied for the same reason his father had before him. “She’s my sister,” he’d say.
When Isaac had been living there for a long time as an alien, Abimelech, the Philistine king who had been deceived by Abraham in the past, was peering through his window when he saw Isaac caressing Rebekah. He called for Isaac and said, “Obviously, Rebekah is your wife. Why’d you tell everyone she was your sister?”
“I thought I’d be killed, so someone else could have her.”
“What have you done? One of my citizens could have easily taken her into his bed, and you would have forced guilt on us!”
Abimelech remembered the oath of loyalty he had made with Abraham, so he made a blanket decree: “Anyone who touches Isaac or his wife Rebekah, will be executed.”
Inspiration: Genesis 26