Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Abimelech of the Philistines.
This reads like a later interpolation because of confusion between the two drought accounts.
The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; settle in the land that I shall show you.
God’s first word to Abraham: “Go”. God’s first word to his son: “Do not go”. I love that. Not sure why, but I do.
Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall be put to death.”
Oh the mercy of God, and how he protects the vulnerable here. But how do we understand when he doesn’t act in protection like this?