After describing Esau exchanging his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew, Genesis 26 returns our attention Isaac. A famine occurs in the land, so Isaac goes to Gerar in the land of the Philistines. While there God tells Isaac not to go to Egypt but to dwell in the land that God tells him to live in. Stay in the land and the Lord will be with you, bless you, and give all of these lands to you (26:3). In verse 4 God declares that he will multiply Isaac’s offspring as the stars of heaven and all the nations of the earth will be blessed. God is confirming his covenant made to Abraham through Isaac. These are the same covenantal promises God made to Abraham and now they are being confirmed to Isaac. With the blessings confirmed, Isaac does not go to Egypt but stays in Gerar.
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