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Summary: Isaac & Abimelech. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: Genesis chapter 26 verses 1-33:

Ill:

• A preacher was addressing his congregation;

• When he held up a large piece of paper.

• He then took from his pocket a marker pen;

• And made a black dot in the centre of it.

• Then he held the paper up before the people and asked them what they saw.

• One person quickly replied, “I see a black mark.”

• “Right,” the preacher replied. “What else do you see?”

• Complete silence prevailed. “Don’t you see anything other than the dot?” he asked.

• A chorus of noes came from the audience.

• “I’m really surprised,” the preacher commented.

• “You have completely overlooked the most important thing of all—the sheet of paper.”

• Then he made the application.

“He said that in life we are often distracted by small, dot-like disappointments or painful experiences, and we are prone to forget the innumerable blessings we receive from the hand of the Lord”.

• But like the sheet of paper,

• The good things are far more important than the adversities that monopolize our attention.

Quote: Someone has written:

“As you travel down life’s pathway, may this ever be your goal:

Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole!”

Ill:

There was an advertisement in a local newspaper that said:

REWARD: Lost dog. Three legs, blind in left eye, right ear missing, tail broken,

recently neutered. Answers to the name “Lucky”.

Quote:

• The Hebrew word (language of the Old Testament) for ‘luck’ is ‘Gad’,

• So I guess you can live by ‘Gad’ or by God – I know which I prefer!

• As Christians we can be confident that God is good;

• And God is a God of blessing!

The theme running throughout this chapter is God’s blessings:

• The chapter begins with the promise of God’s blessings upon Isaac (verse 3):

• “Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you”.

• And then ends with Abimelech (vs 29) acknowledging God’s blessings on Isaac.

• C.E.V: “The LORD has truly blessed you."

This is a great chapter because it teaches us 3 important truths:

• WHO God blesses,

• WHY God blesses,

• And HOW God blesses.

• And most importantly we discover in this chapter, that God’s blessings;

• Are not hindered by our circumstances, our mistakes, or the opposition of others.

Quote: You could summarize Genesis Chapter 26 in one sentence:

“God, in his goodness and grace, blesses his people despite the situation,

despite their failings, and despite opposition”.

Note: Genesis Chapter 26 is the only chapter in the Bible where Isaac is the focus of

Attention:

• There are other chapters in which he is mentioned, but he is not the centre of attention.

• But in this chapter he is the main player, the star actor in this narrative.


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