In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He
that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall
flow rivers of living water.
(Gen 26:1) And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham [Heb: father of a multitude]. And Isaac [Heb: laughter (i.e., mockery)] went unto Abimelech [a common name of Philistine kings, like Caesar for the Romans] king of the Philistines [Heb: rolling, i.e., migratory] unto Gerar [Heb: a rolling country /// to bring up the cud (i.e., ruminate) ///// halting place]. [meditate]
(Gen 26:2-5) And the LORD appeared unto him [Isaac], and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
1. (Gen 2:15) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it [Heb: serve; worship] and to keep it [Heb: guard; protect].
(Gen 26:6-11) And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair [Heb: beautiful] to look upon. And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
(Gen 26:12-15) Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
(Gen 26:16-18) And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
(Gen 26:19-23) And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing [Heb: living] water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well (1) Esek [Heb: quarrel, contention, strife]; because they strove with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it (2) Sitnah [Heb: hostility, accusation, hatred, enmity, strife] [and that water was given to them also – generic blessings and cursings]. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it (3) Rehoboth [Heb: streets, wide places, broad places, room, spaces] [and this well is ours]; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. And he went up from thence to Beersheba [Heb: well of an oath].
1. (Mat 5:45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
2. Commentary: The Lord God made “room” for His people during a great famine in Egypt in the well-favored land of Goshen where they were obediently fruitful and multiplied for over 400 years, to the great envy and consequent hostility of the Egyptians. The beautiful land of Goshen was a land from which, through the great tribulation of Egypt, God’s children were eventually squeezed, harassed, and otherwise pressured out of and into The Promised Land (into a type and shadow of the Promised Land which was then Israel).
3. Commentary: The Lord made “room” for His people in beautiful British America in the form of the Thirteen Colonies who also were obediently fruitful and multiplied and subsequently evolved into the United States of America in 1776. At present, there is a great unacknowledged famine and great tribulation in all the land of the world, and God’s people, through envy and consequent hostility, are very soon to be squeezed, harassed, and pressured out of this world to again transition into The Promised Land (into the full reality of The Promised Land which is Heaven). Praise the Lord!
(Gen 26:24,25) And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants (4) digged a well.
ABIMELECH, AHUZZATH, AND PHICHOL
FIGURATIVELY “DIGGED A WELL” OF LIVING WATER
(Gen 26:26-31) Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath [Heb: possession] one of his friends, and Phichol [Heb: mouth of all] the chief captain of his army. And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD. And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. And they rose up betimes [Heb: early] in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
(Gen 26:32,33) And it came to pass the same day [paralleling Isaac’s conference with Abimelech, and ending with the same conclusion], that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they [all: the servants of Isaac, Isaac, Abimelech, Ahuzzath, and Phichol] had digged, and said unto him, We have found water [the waters of the peace of Heaven]. And he called it (4) Shebah [Heb: seven (th)] [symbolically, “completion,” located near Beersheba in Judah]: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba [Heb: well of an oath] unto this day.
1. (Rev 21:6) And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain [Gk: well] of the water of life freely.
a. fountain = Gk: (through the idea of gushing plumply); a fount (lit. or fig.), i.e. source or supply (of water, blood, enjoyment) (not necessarily the original spring):--fountain, well.
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