by David Cawston

Redigging the Wells
David Cawston
Genesis 26:12-25

The Bible is history not legend and its stories are there to encourage faith, not merely to repeat folklore.
The story of Isaac's struggle to obtain the wells, is a story of passion.
It is recorded to remind people of God's covenant, that the promise is only obtained where there is a sufficient desire, a persistent desire.

Romans 15:4
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (NKJ)

This story is for our learning.

A. Blessing is always the beginning place for divine commission.
Isaac was a man who was a child of promise and person of prosperity.
''I will make you descendants multiply as the stars of the heaven.
I will give your descendants all these lands and in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall blessed. . .''
That was the promise to Abraham.
''Then Isaac sowed . . . reaped . . . and Lord blessed him . . .. And continued prospering until he became very prosperous.''

It was after Isaac received the prosperity of God that he received the commission of God. God summons our faith after he has displayed His faithfulness to us.
Isaac was a young man that was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
He was an inheritor of Abraham's covenant and was a possessor of Abraham's wealth.
Seeking to escape a famine condition in one area, he moves to another and is stopped in route to Egypt by God's directive.
The stopping place is Gerar, Philistine country controlled by King Abimelech.
This stopping provides the scene of a repeat performance of his father, when he says to his wife, ''Say you are my sister dear. It will save my neck.''
Abimelech discovers Isaac's dishonesty, but the results for Isaac are beneficial.
Abimelech feels obligated to Isaac and issues a decree in his favor.
Here is a picture of God's grace.
We deserve nothing.
We are inheritors of all.
We st ...

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