23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.
24 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.
25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.
27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?
28 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;
29 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.
30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.
33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.
K.J.V. Bible Text
I love verse 23 in Genesis Chapter 6 which is the first verse in today’s reading. In this verse, God promises Isaac that he will increase the number of his descendants for the sake of Abraham. This is something that reminds me of the one thing we can do that may influence the outcome of our children’s lives. We must follow God the way Abraham did in order that our children will inherit God’s blessing. (This can happen in all kinds of ways, I think. Our children might come to God because of our example or because of our prayers. We are no longer able to talk face to face with the Lord as Abraham and Isaac did, but perhaps even now, if we do our best to be the Lord’s servant in our own lifetimes, He will grant blessings to the children we love.)
At the place where Isaac talked with the Lord, he built an altar to Him. In this same place he dug a well.
Because Abimelek had discerned that the Lord was with Isaac, he came to see Isaac to obtain a treaty that neither would harm the other. After a feast, an oath to the treaty was made and Abimelek and his men went away in peace.
On that same day the treaty was sworn, Isaac’s men told him they had found water in the well they were digging.
Both of these events were very important to Isaac and his descendants. They had secured peace with no bloodshed and had found water that would enable them to prosper. The Lord was truly with Isaac.
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