Genesis 26 Chapter Commentary: Isaac Lies About Rebekah

Isaac was forced to flee to Gerar, a city ruled by King Abimelech, since a famine struck Canaan. Gerar was a safer location. When he arrived, the populace welcomed him with open arms and provided him with food and a place to rest.

Only his wife, Rebekah, was the focus of Isaac’s concerns. He was afraid that if the citizens of the city learned that she would choose him as her spouse, they might kill him because she was so attractive. Isaac therefore donned a disguise and pretended Rebekah was his sister.

Isaac and Rebekah were an intimate moment when the king happened to be around. Isaac was forced to explain to the king the extent of his relationship with Rebekah, which put him in an embarrassing situation. Isaac had to be honest, and through an odd turn of events, the king agreed with his justification. Furthermore, the monarch compelled his people to approve Isaac’s union with Rebekah.

What’s the Main Point?

This chapter’s main point is to focus on the life of Isaac, the son of Abraham, and his faith in God. The chapter begins with a famine in the land, and Isaac’s journey to the land of the Philistines. Isaac, like his father, claims that his wife Rebekah is his sister to protect himself from harm. The Philistine king, Abimelech, eventually discovers the truth and rebukes Isaac.

What Can We Learn from This Chapter?

There are several lessons that we can learn from Genesis 26.

Like his father Abraham, Isaac put his faith in God’s promises and looked to Him for protection and provision. Despite the difficulties he encountered, Isaac remained devoted to God and kept believing that He would make him a powerful country.

In the country of the Philistines, Isaac had to overcome many difficulties, such as a famine, jealous neighbors, and the destruction of his wells. He persisted, nevertheless, and surmounted these challenges by creating additional wells and putting his faith in God’s provision.

Consequences of lying: Isaac made the same error as his father by telling a lie about his wife, Rebekah, by claiming that she was his sister. This led to issues for Isaac and Rebekah as well as a reprimand from the Philistine king.

Respect for others is essential: The Philistines fought with Isaac’s herdsmen and filled in his wells, producing friction and turmoil. As a response, Isaac showed respect and looked for amicable solutions to the issues.

God’s faithfulness: Despite the difficulties Isaac encountered, God stayed true to him and richly benefited him. This serves as an example of the significance of believing in God’s goodness and constancy despite adversity.


Heavenly Father, we thank you for the example of Isaac in Genesis 26, who trusted in your promises and persevered in the face of adversity. Help us to have the same faith and trust in you, knowing that you are always faithful and will provide for our needs.

Teach us to respect others and seek peaceful solutions to conflict. And may we always remember that you are with us, guiding us and blessing us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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De ontmoeting van Isaak en Rebekka Liber Genesis (serietitel, 1700 – 1750). This image is in the public domain. Cropped from original.