Is Generational Sin Transfer Real?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Genesis 26:9

So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”


Once again, this is a really unusual story to unpack. Probably 60 (circa) years after his father Abraham had lied to King Abimelek and told the king his wife, Sarah, was his sister, now Isaac too tells King Abimelek of the Philistines in Gerar that his beautiful wife Rebecca was his sister. Both father and son were found out by the king and allowed to go unpunished.


A couple of questions need looked at here. First, is this the same Abimelek in both cases? Theologians are split on their decision. It’s unlikely that a king in that day would rule for such an extended period of time, but not out of the question. If it wasn’t the same man, another group of theologians insists it must have been his son. Either way, it’s unusual. The question also arises as to why the son committed the same sin as his father. Both Abraham and Isaac were escaping famine in the land and fled to Philistine territory, each of them was married to beautiful women, and both feared they would be killed because the king would want their wife. If we know the story of Abraham lying to the king, Isaac knew about it too, and it seemed a logical thing to do because of the situation he was facing. “Is Generational Sin Transfer Real?” It is. That’s why it’s imperative that “situational ethics” do not rule our moral choices. When God’s Word is obeyed, victory can be assured.


Dear Jesus,

I want to obey Your voice and Word. Help me when it seems too difficult to accomplish to know that OBEDIENCE to Your Word always leads to victory! Amen

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