Daily reading assignment: Genesis 25-26
“Fighting Brothers” (Genesis 25)
A story of two brothers: Esau, the father of the Edomites and Jacob, the heir of God’s covenant promises and father of the Twelve Tribes of Israel is recorded in Genesis 25.
Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, conceived twins and became concerned when the movements of the infants in her womb were extremely aggressive (25:22). The LORD revealed the sons she borne in her womb would become fathers of two nations (25:23) and, contrary to their birth order, the eldest son would “serve the younger” (25:23).
No doubt Rebekah shared the LORD’s unusual revelation with her husband. Isaac, however, loved Esau, his eldest, more than Jacob (25:27-28). In Genesis 27 we will notice how Jacob, opposing the LORD, will attempt to give Esau the inheritance the LORD prescribed for his youngest son.
“Dig Another Well” (Genesis 26)
Isaac, the inheritor of God’s covenant promises and the possessions and riches of his father Abraham, was so blessed by the LORD that we read, “the Philistines envied him” (26:14). Moved by envy, the Philistines began to stop up the wells Abraham had dug for his flocks and herds and “filled them with earth” (26:14-15). Because fresh water wells were invaluable in a land known for its deserts, one can imagine the hardships and personal offence Isaac might have felt as the wells dug by his father were destroyed.
Before I close today’s devotional commentary, I invite you to consider Genesis 26 and a spiritual truth some might need to hear.
Many years ago, a dear evangelist friend named Reuben Ewert preached a memorable sermon from Genesis 26 titled, “Dig Another Well”. Bro. Reuben illustrated how Isaac’s response to the Philistines filling his father’s wells with earth was a worthy model for us all to follow when conflicts arise.
How did Isaac respond? Did he become embittered? Did he plot a way and path of revenge?
No, rather than revenge, Isaac kept digging wells.
Genesis 26:18a – “And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father…”
Genesis 26:21a – “And they digged another well…”
Genesis 26:22 – And he removed from thence, and digged another well…”
Not only did Isaac dig wells, he also “builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD” (26:25).
Are you enslaved by a spirit of anger and bitterness? Are your thoughts set upon revenge? Have you allowed an embittered spirit to not only affect your relationship with the LORD, but also your family and friendships?
I invite you to follow Isaac’s example; set aside bitterness and disappointments, move on with your life and “dig another well”.
Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith