Fear Not For I Am With You: Live Peaceably

a. We See Plainly 26-31. As Isaac is in Beersheba, Abimelech, Ahuzzath, and Phicol make a visit. Some people have said that Isaac’s words are harsh to them, but I think they’re accurate. “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” Isaac moves away from them after they showed aggression. Isaac has been trying to live at peace with them. What more do they want? They say, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you.” They realize, because of the blessings that Isaac has, that Isaac has a God, Yahweh, on his side. Instead of trying to fight Isaac and the Lord they want to make peace. They say, “do us no harm, just as we have not touched you,” and here is the kicker, “and have done to you nothing but good and sent you away in peace.” Liars! We did nothing but good, except envied and hated you and stole from you. Besides that, it’s all been good. And we didn’t chase you away we sent you away in peace. This is typical of the world. They will buddy up with God’s people when it suits their needs. If harassing God’s people and stealing from them is advantageous then that’s what they do but if it is more profitable to be at peace and flatter God’s people, well, then that’s there m.o. The last line that they say, “you are now the blessed of the Lord,” is true. Abraham was the blessed of the Lord and now that privilege has passed to Isaac. That must have been an encouragement to Isaac that God had caused these Philistines to recognize this. Since they came in peace, Isaac agrees to the treaty like his father did and the peace that Abraham had with the Philistines is restored to Isaac. Isaac lived out what Paul calls the church to do in Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceable with all.” b. We Have Found Water 32-33. At the end of verse 25, we were told that Isaac’s servants began to dig a well at Beersheba. Was a brand new well or a re-digging of Abraham’s well we are not told but on the day that Abimelech leaves the servants found water. Isaac’s response is to name the well the well of oath just like Abraham. Isaac sees that he is receiving the covenant and the blessing that God gave to Abraham. He has had this truth confirmed over and over again. By naming the well in Beersheba, Beersheba he is demonstrating to the world truthfulness of God’s word.