Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 26: 15 (ESV)

(In The Midst Of Famine, God Promises Faithfulness)

Gen 26:  1Now   there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 3Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. 4I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, 5because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 26: 6 – 11 (ESV)

(Isaac Schemes and Says Rebekah Is His Sister)

6So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. 8When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing witha Rebekah his wife. 9So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’” 10Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

 Walk thru The Word for Today: Genesis 26: 1217 (ESV)

(Isaac Repents & Reaps A One Year Hundredfold)

12And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him, 13and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. 15(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.) 16And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

17So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.

Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 26: 1822 (ESV)

(Isaac Re-Digs The Wells Abraham His Father Had Dug + Digs 3 New Wells)

Gen 26:18And 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. 19But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek,b because they contended with him. 21Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.c 22And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth,d saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 26: 2327 (ESV)

(God Reaffirms Isaac’s Mission & Isaac Digs Another Well & Isaac Insinuates Abimelech Is An Enemy)

Gen 26:  23From there he went up to Beersheba. 24And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.” 25So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the

LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.  26When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, 27Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?”

Genesis 25: 2833 (ESV) 23From there he went up to Beersheba. 24And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.” 25So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, 27Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.” 30So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace. 32That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.” 33He called it Shibah;e therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.In The Midst Of Famine, God Promises Faithfulness for Obedience Click To Tweet

Message map: 123-17 Genesis 24: 62-67 & 25: 19-34

Jacob & Esau Represent Our Duo Natures

  • In The Midst Of Famine, God Promises Faithfulness
  • Isaac Must be Faithful by Remaining in the Land to retain gods blessing
  • Isaac Is Rebuked, Repents & Reaps 100-Fold
  • Every Generation Must Re-Dig Wells Or Watch Gods Work Dry UP & Waste Away
  • The American Church Must Re-Dig The Wells Our Nation’s Founders Left Us

Genesis 26: 1 – 2 (ESV)

In The Midst Of Famine, God Promises Faithfulness for Obedience

Gen. 26: 1-2 Though there is a famine in the land, God tells Isaac to remain “Do not go down to Egypt; – which in Scripture is symbolic for the place of the world’s ways and provision.  (Gen 26:2, Exodus 12:2, Isaiah 31:1-2, Ezekiel 29:2, Acts 7:34)

Exodus 12:2 God destroys Egypt’s 1st born

Isaiah 31:1 sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

Ezekiel 29:2 “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh King of … “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh King of Egypt and prophesy against him and against all Egypt. …

Ezekiel 23:27 So I will put a stop to the lewdness and …So I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.

Acts 7:34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’

Genesis 26: 1 – 5 (ESV) In The Midst Of Famine, God Reaffirms IsaacsMission

Gen. 25: 3 God actually proposes an If – then proposition to Isaac. God says, “If we obey, He will bless.  This is the provision of 2 Chron 7:14.  Just because God blessed in the past does not mean we have a guarantee of the continuation of those blessings. The example God gives us in Gen 26 is …

If Isaac carries on the tradition of obeying God by being … a Sojourner (an alien colonizer) who stakes a claim in, even though they do not possess the land God promises.

Then God will…,

  1. Be with and will bless Isaac.

God does not obligate Himself to bless us in another land.  (As God ordained Israel to be a Hebrew nation, God instituted America as a Christian nation & as America quits operating as such, God is under no obligation to bless it.)

  1. I will establish (carry on and confirm) with him the oath He swore to his father Abraham.

The “Then” — or what God will do –is explained in Gen 26:4, and the If – or what Isaac will receive – is explained in Gen 26 5.

4I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, 5because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

 Genesis 26: 611 (ESV) Isaac Is Rebuked & Repents

Gen. 26: 6 – 10 Isaac lies, is rebuked and repents.

6So Isaac settled in Gerar, and says his wife, “is my sister,” for he feared the custom that men would negotiate for a sister or daughter, but would kill a husband to have his wife.

11So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

Genesis 26: xx (ESV) Isaac Reaps 100-Fold & the Envy of the Philistines

Gen 26: 12And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a 100-fold. The LORD blessed him, 13and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants,

God promises Us His Faithful provision IN the Midst of Famine (Isaac increases a hundred fold, which means for every one sheep he started out with, he grew to 100 sheep. It also may mean that he inherited Abraham’s 318 trained warriors, which now = 31,800 trained Militia men)

14…so that the Philistines envied him.   15(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)

Noah Webster’s 1828 says of Envy

  1. To feel uneasiness, mortification or discontent, at the sight of superior excellence, reputation or happiness enjoyed by another; to repine at another’s prosperity; to fret or grieve one’s self at the real or supposed superiority of another, and to hate him on that account.

16And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”  17So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.

Genesis 26: 1-17 & 26 (ESV) The Philistine Triple-A Peace Treaty Delegation

Gen. 26: 16 & 26  Abimelech comes with Ahuzzath his adviser and his army commander, Phicol to make a treaty with Isaac, because …

  1. They are concerned that Isaac is much mightier (numerous, powerful, strong, vast) than they are.
  2. Isaac is correct they sent him away because they hate him.
  3. They sent Isaac away because they fear him.
  4. Abimelech may not fully be aware of the struggle Isaac has had with his people over wells.
  5. They realize God is favoring Isaac.

This treaty is consistent with the one Abraham made with Abimelech’s Father in Genesis 21: 22About that time, Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, told Abraham, “God is with you in everything that you’re doing. 23Therefore swear an oath here by God that you wont deal falsely with me, my sons, or my descendants (grandchildren) — or until Abimelech’s descendants no longer are on the throne. Just as I’ve dealt graciously with you, won’t you do so with me and with the land in which you live as a foreigner?”

The assumption is this Abimelech is the son of the one Abraham dealt with, but it appears Phicol, the army commander, served in the reign of both the father and son King Abimelech’s, or Phicol also is a title given to one who holds the position of army commander.

Genesis 26: xx (ESV) God’s Faithfulness Overcomes Isaacs Fear

Gen 26: 23From there he went up to Beersheba. 24And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. “fear not”

Isaac may have fears over which of the following:

  1. the Philistines, who filled up his wells
  2. the Philistines, who may want his wife
  3. Abimelech, the King
  4. Abimelch’s government adviser who may scheme how to use government power against him.
  5. Abimelch’s army commander

Genesis 26: xx (ESV) Isaac Pitched His Tent Under Gods Protection

Get this progression:

  • vs 23-24 God promises Isaac protection and provision.
  • vs 25 Isaac builds an altar – a place to dedicate himself to worship.
  • and he called (proclaimed, acknowledged God’s fame and renown, position of superiority) upon the name (indicating being intimately familiar with God as an individual, appreciating and respecting His honor, authority and character) of the Lord (the proper name, of deity Yahweh, the God of Israel)
  • and Isaac pitched his tent there along with his vast community — where the Lord met him.

Genesis 26: xx (ESV) Isaac Worships & Digs 2 More Wells

Gen. 26: 25 When God meets Isaac, there Isaac’s servants sow/dug a well.

Abimelech comes to make a peace treaty

Isaac’s servants report the well is providing water.  This well he calls Sheba, “an oath,” and hence the town is called Beer-Sheba, “the well of the oath.”

To paraphrase John Wesley, “Be persuaded to overlook the injuries you suffer/endure”, for God abundantly compensates us with His peace and provision.  “Those whom God blesses and favours, have reason enough to forgive those that hate them, since the worst enemy they have cannot do them any real hurt.”

Isaac’s Reaping Is The Result of Re-Digging

Gen 26: 18And Isaac dug again (brought back) 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.

vss. 19-21 Isaac digs new wells (Esek & Sitnah) that enemies contend and quarrel for to claim

22And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth,d saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

This is a metaphor for how America’s founders were moving from place to place to find a place where they could live for God both privately and in our public civic life.Genesis 26: (ESV) Every Generation Must Re-Dig Wells Or Watch God’s Work Dry UP & Waste Away Click To Tweet

Genesis 26: (ESV) Every Generation Must Re-Dig Wells Or Watch Gods Work Dry UP & Waste Away

  • Abraham dug 7 wells – of Living water that SPRING UP LIFE.
  • Isaac had to re-dig those wells, plus he built 3-4 more

Jeremiah 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: They have … “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Jeremiah 17: 13 Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.

Proverbs 22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors. … Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.

Proverbs 23:10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

Abraham Set the Stage for Isaac’s 100-fold success – but Isaac must faithfully follow through & walk out the daily execution of god’s plan

David Set the Stage for Solomon, who blew it

Moses set the stage for Caleb and … who possessed it!

Jesus set the stage for the success of the disciples who spread it throughout the world!

Christ’s Apostles and disciples set the stage for us who are losing it! — As Christianity has lost cultural influence on our shift.

View this video to see what has happened because we have failed to re-dig the wells our forefathers dug and had operational

I shared this on my timeline, because to reverse the negative trends from which the US body politic suffers requires Americans, and primarily Christians – whom are called by Gods name, to do the four things we are told in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to obtain God’s reciprocation for Him to hear from Heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land.   If the church does not repent of the lie “of separation of church and state” and begin showing US (pun intended) how the Bible applies to our civics, as America’s Founders believed and did, then we are failing to do our part.  But it is not too late.  America had an amazing Revolution, and now I believe we are called to a true Bible-Based Reformation of those principles, which begins by understanding the things I explain in The Biblical Basis of The Bill of Rights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ANfp6d1ce4

What This Means for our Walks Today is —

America Is Waylaid Because Weve Failed To Re-Dig the Wells of Our Forefathers

The American Church Must Re-Dig The Wells Our Nation’s Founders Left Us

  • When politicians plugged up the well of The Application of The Judeo-Christian Ethic to Civics, – via the IRS’s 501C3 “Separation of Church and State” policy the church failed to a re-dig it.
  • When politicians plugged up the well of prayer in school, the church failed to a re-dig it.
  • When politicians plugged up the well of The Sanctity of Human life, and instituted the abomination of Abortion, the church is failing to address and re-dig it.
  • When politicians plugged up the well that “Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman”, the church is failing to re-dig it.
  • When politicians plugged up the well of the Biblical Concept of Refuge Cities to extend criminals due process of God’s 10 Commandments based law, as explained in Numbers 35, and have been instituting abominations called “sanctuary cities, the church failed to address re-dig it.
  • When politicians plugged up the well of How God Made the Environment Self-Sustainable and that Only God Controls The Weather, so He Give Man Dominion To Be Fruitful and Multiply, the church is failing to stand up and re-dig it.

People Need The Application of Biblical Values to Every Aspect of Our Lives!

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who …Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

All of History Will Culminate As The Book of Revelation Describes Where God Leads Us To His Springs of Living Water — All of History Will Culminate in The Application of Biblical Values In Our Daily Lives Throughout Eternity.

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their

Loving God Most Means Following In The Pathways of the Patriarchs to Sojourn, Trusting God Will Provide Us With The Ability Re-Dig The Wells That Fulfill His Plan!

Let’s Pray

Dear God, come work in us, as we entrust Ourselves to Your Amazing Grace To go before us and conform Us into Your Image!

Give us Your heart for the people of this world who are suffering under the whiles of Satan and the multitude of sinful policies He is promoting through evil people who shrewdly promote evil and good, and through deceived people who think they are serving good causes.

Help us to help our generation and the one after that and the one after that to see the beauty of how living under Your 10 Commandments value system provides a health and wholeness to life.

Conform us to Your image, so we can do Your work, Your way!

We ask these things in Jesus name. Amen  

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