In this passage in Genesis, we have a deafening echo of a later core Christian principle: the parable of the The Sower. (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8)
The Lord tells Isaac to “do as I tell you” and The Lord says he will be with Isaac and bless him. So Isaac puts his trust in God and he is rewarded with so much wealth and power that he is eventually asked to leave!
Jesus used the idea of reaping a harvest of up to a hundred times what you sow in the parable of the sower. In the New Testament context however, the harvest is not confined to material wealth and earthly power but refers to the power the Word of God has to spread and increase once we have sown it! All we need to do is do as God tells us. We only need to tell others and then wait for it to grow!
Genesis 26:1-3, 12-16 NLT
A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you. Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father.
When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham. Finally, Abimelech ordered Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too powerful for us.”
It has seemed too simple to me in the past just to read the Word in the bible, obey it and tell others about it. But really, that is all we have the ability to do, the rest is up to God! Anyway, it may sound simple, but it is surprisingly difficult to do what it says we should do and to tell people about it. My goal is just to try and stick to these two basics and see if anything grows…
Genesis 24:52-26:16, Matthew 8:18-34, Psalms 10:1-15