Genesis 26:3
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3  Reside in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; I will assign all these lands to you and to your heirs, fulfilling the oath that I swore to your father Avraham.

GUR ba-A-retz ha-ZOT v’-eh-YEH i-m’-KHA va-a-va-r’-KHE-ka kee l’-KHA ul-zar-a-KHA e-TAYN et kol ha-a-ra-TZOT ha-AYL va-ha-ki-mo-TEE et ha-sh’-vu-AH a-SHER nish-BA-tee l’-av-ra-HAM a-VEE-kha

ג  גּוּר בָּאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת וְאֶהְיֶה עִמְּךָ וַאֲבָרְכֶךָּ כִּי־לְךָ וּלְזַרְעֲךָ אֶתֵּן אֶת־כָּל־הָאֲרָצֹת הָאֵל וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־הַשְּׁבֻעָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּעְתִּי לְאַבְרָהָם אָבִיךָ׃

26:3 Reside in this land, and I will be with you and bless you

Yitzchak is warned that despite the famine in Eretz Yisrael, he is not to escape the hardship by fleeing to Egypt. Though Avraham went down to Egypt when there was a plague in Israel, and Yaakov likewise descended to Egypt towards the end of his life, God told Yitzchak not to leave the Land of Israel. Due to the unique spiritual status he acquired after being offered on the altar, Yitzchak was the only one of the three forefathers to never step foot outside of the Holy Land.

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  • You write: "Due to his unique spiritual status, Isaac remained the only forefather to have never stepped foot outside of the Holy Land." We know the life of our Fathers are prophetical for their descendants. Avraham Avinu got much presents from the Pharaoh as an example of the goods his descendants should have at their Exodus from Egypt. And Ja'acov Avinu's exile to Aram is an exemple of the great Roman Exile of the Jewish people. Maybe that the life of Isaac will be an example for the time of the Mashiach.

  • Yet again does Hashem reminds us and renews the covenant he had made, surely there can be no doubt in the mind of readers that Israel is indeed the land given to them by Hashem. He has not changed his mind about the land and the rightful owners nor has He changed His mind about the Children of Israel – in some churches, not many I hope, there is the false teaching of the replacement theory. Utter nonsense, total rubbish and foolish are they that tred that path.
    I never realized that about Isaac either.

Genesis 26:3

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