Twice in his life, Abraham lied about his wife being his sister because he worried for his own life (Gen. 12:10-20; 20:1-18). In this passage, we see the son repeat his father’s mistake, and once again the lie is exposed. What is interesting in this account is that the person who confronted Isaac for his lie was Abimelech, the same name of the king who confronted Abraham about his lie in Genesis 20. It is possible this was the same man, or it could have been a son or a grandson sharing the same name. Some believe “Abimelech” may have been a title, much like Pharaoh.
Regardless of who this Abimelech was, this repeated deception by Isaac shows us the hopelessness of finding an upright man through whom God would form His nation. Like Abraham, Isaac was not the answer humanity needed; he was a sinful man in need of a Savior himself. Even the greatest of patriarchs needed rescue—like us, they needed Christ, the Righteous One.
How have you lacked trust in God this week? Confess those times to God and turn those situations over to Him.