Gen. 26:23-25 Well of the Oath
26:23 "And he went up from thence to Beersheba. 24 And the LORD appeared
unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father:
fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed
for my servant Abraham's sake. 25 And he builded an altar there, and
called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there
Isaac's servants digged a well."
went up to Beersheba. Beersheba literally means "well of the oath."
It's name was about to be fulfilled. The servants of Isaac digged a
well here. Later king Abimelech would come and make an oath with
Isaac. Thus, the name of the place was appropriately named. Today, in
the Lord's church we draw water out of the well of the oath; i.e., we
drink of the covenant of redemption that God made before the foundation
of the world. That covenant is stated for us in Rom. 8:29, 30: "For
whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the
image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he
called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also
LORD appeared unto him the same night…" The felt presence of the Lord
is one of the greatest blessings we can experience this side of heaven.
The Lord has promised: Matt. 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." There is a
location that is a great blessing from the Lord. When the church
gathers in the Lord name, they are at that location that is a great
blessing from the Lord. Likewise, Isaac had gone to the location the
Lord instructed him of and the Lord appeared unto him. When we gather
ourselves together and drink water out of the well of God's eternal
covenant of redemption, the Lord appears unto us and greatly blesses us
with his felt presence.
said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee,
and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's
sake." Fear not is a term that indicates that when we put our trust in
the Lord we have no reason to fear for the Lord is with us. Moreover,
the Lord said to Isaac that "I am with thee…" Oftentimes the Lord is
with us and we don't even recognize it. But what a blessing it is to us
when the Lord makes his presence known unto us. The Lord not only spoke
of the present tense but also of the future tense as he said "I will
bless thee." What a blessing it is to have the promise from the Lord of
future blessings. He has blessed us, he is blessing us, and he will
bless us. God also promised that he would multiply Isaac's seed. That
is also a blessing from the Lord to know that God will multiply your
seed. The Lord also told Isaac why he would multiply his seed: "for my
servant Abraham's sake." Being blessed for someone else's sake is
nevertheless a blessing. We are blessed today for Christ's sake. We
are blessed not because we deserve it, but we are blessed because of
Christ and his work on the cross and his causing us to be born of the
builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and
pitched his tent there…" Based on the presence and the promises of God,
Isaac did exactly what he should have done. He builded an altar there.
That is he worshipped God in the place of God's blessings. Moreover, he
called upon the name of the LORD there. A God who has promised us such
great things, is worthy for us to call upon his name. Since, he can
deliver with such great deliverances, he can deliver us in our daily
cares and needs as well. Isaac also pitched his tent there. This is
the perfect spot for Isaac to pitch his tent. This (the church) is also
the perfect spot to pitch our tent and rest under the umbrella of the
gospel of God's grace. Hearing the good news of an ever present God and
all the great things that he has and will do for us is a great
motivation to us to pitch our tent among the Lord's humble people.
there Isaac's servants digged a well." When the gospel ministers preach
to us from the unsearchable riches of God's word, they have digged a
well in the fountain of God's word and we are made partakers of the
waters of God's glorious gospel.
26:26-33 Seeking Peace
26:26 "Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his
friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army. 27 And Isaac said
unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me
away from you? 28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with
thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us
and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; 29 That thou wilt do us
no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee
nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the
blessed of the LORD. 30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and
drink. 31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to
another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and
told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him,
We have found water. 33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of
the city is Beersheba unto this day."
Philistine king, the kings friend, and the chief captain of the king's
army all went to Isaac to talk unto him and ask him to make a covenant
with them. This is a direct recognition that Isaac had become greater
than all the nation of the Philistines. The lesser goes to the greater
when desiring peace. Isaac had previously been asked to leave the city
of the king's habitation for he had grown great and the envy of the
people put political pressure upon the king to send Isaac away. Now,
the Philistines are greatly afraid of Isaac as he has grown so great in
their sight. The LORD had greatly prospered Isaac in this land.
this entourage came to Isaac, "Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye
to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?" In Isaac's
mind he had been sent away because of envy and hatred toward him. While
this may have been true concerning the multitudes of the king's city,
yet I do not believe it to be true of the king himself. He had
succumbed, however, to political pressure and had sent Isaac away.
they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said,
Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let
us make a covenant with thee; 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we
have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good,
and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the
LORD." This is a reflection of the fear that the people had concerning
Isaac. They were afraid that he would arise and do them harm and they
saw that he was wealthier and mightier than they. Thus, they desired a
covenant of peace with Isaac. Again, the weaker party seeks out the
greater when desiring peace.
claimed that they had not touched Isaac and had done unto him nothing
but good and sent him away in peace. While there is no indication that
they had touched Isaac, yet many of the people had strived with him over
two or three of the wells that he had dug. Further, it is a stretch to
think that they had sent him away in peace, but rather they had sent him
away because of their envy of him. However, they were right about one
thing; Isaac had indeed become the blessed of the LORD. That in itself
was reason for them to seek peace with Isaac. A man can be overcome,
but the LORD cannot be overcome.
had noted before, Isaac had sought a quiet and peaceable habitation when
he experienced the strife over the wells. Therefore, it was also in his
best interest to enter into a covenant of peace with the Philistines.
The two parties sware one to another and feasted together showing their
ready agreement with the covenant of peace treaty.
came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him
concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have
found water. And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is
Beersheba unto this day." Like Isaac, we have peace with God because of
a covenant that God made before the world began. Thus, when we dig into
God's word, we find water that satisfies the longings for peace in the
soul of God's children.
Choosing a Godly Mate
26:34 "And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the
daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the
Hittite: 35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah."
Isaac and Rebekah both knew that the nations of people that dwelled in
the land of Canaan had been marked out by the Lord for destruction.
They also knew that the promised seed would not go through the lineage
of the Hittites. Moreover, they knew that the ways of the Hittites were
wicked in the sight of God. They knew that the grandchildren that would
come from that marriage would be brought up in the ways of the
Hittites. Thus, it was a grief of mind to both Isaac and to Rebekah.
This also teaches us the importance of marrying a godly mate.