Isaac gives the wells of Abraham the same names as Abraham did. Taken from Genesis 26:18-22, commented by ASV and questions

Conquering the land

Isaac with his enormous flocks and herds needed many wells to water his animals, and dug open them that his father Abraham had dug, and gave them the same names as Abraham had given them. This was a way of conquering the land by naming the wells. The philistines didn’t like it and came and quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying that the wells belonged to them.

Peace before trouble

They had earlier filled the wells with dirt so the water wasn’t that important to them, they just didn’t want Hebrews and their names in their land. Isaac was a man of peace and kept on digging wells until the philistine herdsmen didn’t quarrel any more.

In peace and quiet

The reason for the peace Isaac had in his heart was his faith in God as we can see here; “so he named it Rehoboth (broad places), saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be prosperous in the land.”” Why did Isaac name the well Rehoboth, broad places? It was because the other wells he dug he had to share with the Philistines with all the hostilities and delays, but now he could water all his animals in peace and quiet.

Hebrew text is the original

Isaac said “for the LORD had made room for us”. Isaac waited for the LORD to sort out the problems, Isaac had as his father a personal relationship with his God and he used his name YaHaWaH. The LORD, is not God’s name, the Hebrew word used in the Hebrew text is YHWH and with the vowel a, the name becomes YaHaWaH.

Fit all the pieces together

The only way to keep your calm in every situation in your life is having built up a strong personal faith in God, and then you can leave it to Him, He knows all the details and how to fit them together.

Questions

  1. Is your life too complicated for God?
  2. Do you get angry often?
  3. Are people the reason for your difficulties?
  4. How can we study the word with patience and care?

Isaac moved from Gerar to Beer Sheba, taken from Genesis 26:23-25, AMP, commented by ASV, and questions

God wanted all to know his goodness and ability

Isaac went west to Gerar and God told him to stay there and not follow the crowd down to Egypt. Why did God advise Isaac to stay in the land of Gerar, it is not difficult to understand, it is because God is good and wanted to bless Isaac with all the fields that the philistines left for Isaac to saw in. In addition, He wanted to show His goodness and ability to Isaac and the rest of the world.

Do we understand?

When people came back, from Egypt, they needed bread, Isaac had corn, and he could set the price, God made Isaac extremely rich. Isaac and his family understood that YaHaWaH is a God of abundance, but the surrounding world also saw it. However, do we understand that God is the same today, that He has not changed and never will?

The world is evil, but God is good

In the world, lots of bad things are happening, pure evilness, terror, and one catastrophe after another, the world is floating in the ever-increasing river of immoral, selfishness, unfairness with few having much and many having nothing. The world is set on fire and it will not stop before the Messiah comes. God is not in this evil fire, this is not His work. The world is burning, however God gave you an escape route, and it is heavenly magic. You can save yourself by it, wherever you are and when you want, the recipe is in the Book, for instance in Romans 10:9-13. The world is evil, however God is good.      

Moved away from trouble

Now the famine was over and Isaac moved to Beer Sheba a fertile place further east and south, a place with lots water. Isaac in Gerar was in the middle of hostility, he didn’t feel safe there, he knew that the philistines envied Him however, being a man of peace he moved away.

For the sake of My servant Abraham

God knew how Isaac felt and now was the time to comfort him. On the first night in Beer Sheba YaHaWaH appeared to Isaac;

I am the God of Abraham your father;
Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
I will bless and favor you, and multiply your descendants,
For the sake of My servant Abraham.”
 

It is up to you

God told Isaac that He was the God of his father, by that He assured Isaac that how God had helped Abraham He would continue to help Isaac and his descendants, multiply them and bless them. Then he said that He would bless and favor Isaac. God is a fair God, but He favors His people. Through Jesus, all can become God’s people, and if you are among them, He treats you differently from the World around you.

Good and mighty

Isaac understood and was comforted and felt secure and good, there he loved God and built and alter to worship and testify that his God is good and mighty. Where God met him he wanted to stay, he also found water there.

The city of chess

Today Beer Sheba is a beautiful multicultural city with about 200,000 inhabitants; the place is called the city of chess because of all its grandmasters there. God in the disobedience of the Hebrews spread them all over the world, but now the fugitives are a blessing to Israel when they return. For instance, the Russian Jews brought the chess to Israel, and most of them settled in Beer Sheba.

Questions

  1. Do you understand God’s goodness?
  2. Did Abraham or Isaac earn God’s goodness?
  3. Is God with you?

In times of drought, Isaac planted and reaped hundred times, Taken from Genesis 26:12-17 and commented by ASV, also questions

Wealth and prominence

All the farmers had probably left their land for Egypt and the fields were there for Isaac to put seed in, and Isaac did; “Then Isaac planted in that land and reaped in the same year a hundred times and the Lord blessed and favored him”. In this time of famine people needed bread to survive, and Isaac had lots of grain and he could decide the price and became extremely wealthy and prominent.

Enmity

Isaac had enormous flocks and herds, which occupied the area around Gerar city and consumed lots of water and the philistines didn’t like it, they also had animals and needed water. Therefore, the king Abimelech asked Isaak to leave the area. In everything Isaac did you can sense that He was a man of peace, and when asked to leave he just left and moved down to the valley of Gerar and stayed there. Earlier Isaac’s father Abraham also dug many wells in the area; however, the philistines had filled them with dirt. The enmity with the philistines was there from the time of Abraham when Isaac came.   

Questions

  • Do we need advices when we decide what to choose?
  • Should we seek peace, when opposed or attacked?
  • How should we face injustice?