6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: 7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon. 8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, certainly she is your wife; and how said you, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. 10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with your wife, and you should have brought guiltiness upon us. 11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death. 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
It seems that both Isaac and Abimelech have learned from their fathers. Sadly, again we see that the man of God is being chastised by the pagan king for doing lying about his situation ans his relationship to his wife.
We see one tiny difference in this encounter though:
Isaac confesses his sins before the pagan king. He doesn’t give excuses or make things lighter than they were. He simply tells the truth and because of his actions we see that he was blessed by God for it.
Yes he lied; yes he acted in a way far removed from a man of God but this ia a prime example of how we, as men and women of God should act.
You will sin.
You will act like you are not a Christian at some point in time.
You will stumble and fall, but the answer is to not stay down.
Confess your sins. Don’t let them keep you on the border.
Sin breaks our relationship to others and hinders our walk with the Lord, but confession builds those bridges that we tear down when we sin.