Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth. Gen 26:15
What would our reaction be?
Well, here is what Isaac did…
Then Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the name which his father had called them. Gen 26: 17, 18
Unfortunately it did not end there. They dug three more wells before the ‘persecution’ stopped.
It would be easy to look at these situations and call him ‘a wimp’. Was he? No.
All along he submitted to God.
He had the power to resist but chose not to.
(Remind you of anyone?)
What about our Saviour?
Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? Matt 26: 53
Back with Isaac…
He went to Beersheba, and the Lord appeared to him – and reaffirmed that He would bless him as He had promised Isaac’s father Abraham.
Then along comes Abimelech with one of his friends and the commander of his army.
And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?” Gen 26: 27
They replied that they had seen that the Lord was with Isaac and wanted to make a treaty. Isaac’s response to those who had acted as enemies toward him? He made a feast for them.
Still the lingering thoughts that Isaac was ‘a wimp’? Think again of our Saviour who came from his line.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matt 5: 44
Isaac’s life was in God’s hands. Many times he had to believe that, live it, and trust in the God who had provided ‘His own Lamb’.
Much later in the story, after Isaac had died, one of his sons said…
Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me… Gen 31 42 a
The ‘Fear of Isaac’ was his God.
Isaac had a deep love, and reverential fear for his God.
The Lord of hosts, Him shall you hallow; Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.Isa 8: 13
Throughout Isaac’s life there were interesting comparisons with the One who would become Saviour, not only at the time he submitted to his father to be a sacrifice.
Tread softly, you may be treading on someone’s dreams.