Summary: The players (Abraham & Isaac) we learn about today were pioneers of this thing we call faith. It can be a difficult decision to discern whether God wants you to be a confronter like Abraham or peacemaker like Isaac (God can/does bless both approaches)
Come To The Well Part 1 of 2
Chester FBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A The players (Abraham & Isaac) we learn about today were pioneers of this thing we call faith.
1 In about 2091 B.C., God told Abraham to leave Haran & go to Canaan, promised land.
a It was there that God would make him the father of a great nation
"I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." 9 God said further to Abraham, "Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. Gen 17:8-9 (NASB)
aa He was about 75 when he, Sara, and his nephew Lot left for Canaan.
bb His pitched his tent between Bethel (w) and Ai (e), where he lived (for all but a brief period in Egypt) for 14-15 years.
b When he was 99 an angel appeared to him announcing that Sara was going to have his son and that Sodom & Gamorah would fall under the judgement of God.
aa Shortly after destruction of S & G, Abraham went south to the Negev Desert, Gerar. (Map Figure)
bb Gerar was in Philistine territory, behind enemy lines; means to “bring up cud.”
cc When a cow eats it chews, swallows, brings it back up, chews on it some more. (Rolling something around your mouth: Chewing the cud)
dd Gerar was a place to ruminate, roll something around in your mind, meditate, reflect, ponder.
c While here at Gerar, Abraham dug several wells.
aa Some time later, Sara would give birth to Isaac.
bb The well became a point of hatred, conflict, strife for Abraham.
2 Gen. 21, Short account of the “Treaty of Beersheba.”
a Abraham’s neighbors were jealous of his well, blessing.
aa Wells were gold, locked to keep thieves out, act of war if you messed with a man’s well.
bb Abraham’s enemies take possession of the well.
b The King of Gerar shows up and he and Abraham to enter into a peace treaty
24 Abraham said, "I swear it." Gen 21:24 (NASB)
aa 27 Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. Gen 21:27 (NASB), “With this ring . . .”
bb Seven lambs, split in half, walked between them . . . cut covenant. In stone!
c Abraham calls the well (location) Beersheba (21.31)
31 Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. Gen 21:31 (NASB)
aa Beer= Well Sheba=Oath/Seven.
bb Planted a Tamarisk tree(s) to remember the promise, covenant that was made there.
cc Isaac saw all this through his lil’boy eyes.
B Some years later (after mom & dad passed), Isaac is living Beer-lahai-roi (The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me)
1 A famine breaks out & Isaac goes to Gear.
8 It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah. Gen 26:8 (NASB)
a Isaac planned on going to Egypt when God reconfirms the covenant He had made with Abraham now belonged to Isaac.
2 The Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you. Gen 26:2 (NASB)
b When one of the persons of a covenant agreement died, the terms of the covenant was again made clear tot he next of king (enforce the covenant).
c 3 "Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. Gen 26:3 (NASB)
The promise I made your daddy . . . I make now to you
4 "I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; Gen 26:4 (NASB)
2 While Isaac stayed @ Gerar (6 So Isaac lived in Gerar. Gen 26:6 (NASB))
he experienced great favor, increase & the Philistines got jealous of Isaacs blessing (26.14).
a 15 Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth. Gen 26:15 (NASB)
Because of the jealousy the Philistines had for Isaac’s blessing, his enemies began to fill his wills with dirt, riff raff, trash to get rid of him.
b Jealousy is a dividing point that kills nations, people, churches, families.