Genesis 26-Isaac opens a well, fights, opens another well, fights again, and opens more wells, and then has room…

Isaac’s response to Abimelech?

17. so Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.

Isaac demonstrated class, quietly and respectfully complied with Abimelech’s command, and moved away.  I think it’s interesting that, Isaac moved away because he was so powerful in the eyes of Abimelech.  Perhaps it’s just me, but this account used to read to me as a family of four (Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau with Jacobs sheep and a few servants).  Perhaps there is more to the account than that.  Perhaps there is an entire army of people attending Isaac, besides what Abraham gave him and he really was too powerful for the forces of Philistia.

But that is besides the point.  Here is the beef of this whole text

18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. 19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah. 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

We are digging wells and releasing and entering into what God has for us, especially in the area of deliverance, healing, and liberty, or we are moving into a place of strife and bondage, and throwing our dirt back into the mix.  

How badly do we want liberty and freedom?  How pure do we want that source to be?  How quenched do we want our thirst?  

Isaac digged a well again and the Philistines laid claim to it.  so Isaac responds, “Fine, quarrel all you want over this water.”  Quarrelsome people when they are done quarreling with you, will usually quarrel with each other (think political elections).  

Again, Isaac digged another well, and again the Philistines laid claim to it.  So Isaac replies, “Fine, oppose each other all you want.”  Isaac made no room for offense with his enemies.  Instead he left the place of opposition and contention and went to a place where he had room and peace.  Then, he made peace and had a place where he would be fruitful. 

How are you with quarreling and contending?  Have you made room for the offense and the dirt, or have you made room for the Lord to reclaim your heart?  Have you sought community with the Lord or community with your foes?

Consider well this proverb. 


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