And Isaac dwelled in Gerar:…
Here we have —
I. A. sin COMMITTED. Cowardly fear led to it, and fear kept it up. There are three faults in Isaac's character exposed by it —
3. Want of reliance on God.
II. A. sin DETECTED. Every sin will be some day found out.
III. A. sin REPROVED. Abimelech, although reproving Isaac, does so with great forbearance, and follows up his reproof with an act of great kindness. Learn:
1. Avoid deceit — "be sure your sin will find you out."
2. Reprove sin with kindness; be merciful to those who err.
(J. H. Smith.)
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