Like Father, Like Son

In Genesis 12 and Genesis 20, recall the two incidents where Abraham deceptively told Pharaoh and King Abimelech (respectively) that his wife Sarah was actually his sister.  Pharaoh proceeded to take her from Abraham and put her in his palace (12:15), as did Abimelech (20:2).  Honestly, this doesn’t impress me much about Abraham.  I can’t imagine a situation where I wouldn’t stand up and fight to keep my wife with me.  But there may be more to Abraham’s story than the Bible reveals.

It’s interesting to note, though, that Isaac, Abraham’s son by Sarah, did EXACTLY the same thing just a few chapters later.

‘When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”’ — Genesis 26:7

Which brings to mind the phrase, “Like father, like son”.  And also this verse:

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” — Deuteronomy 4:9

Those of us who are parents have an awesome responsibility.  And we should recognize that our actions are being observed, and often imitated by our own children.


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