And they got up early the next morning and swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace.
1. It is not unbeseeming saints, in the day of peace and good events, to feast and rejoice.
I. ISAAC DIGGED, to find "the gift of God" (common. Eastern name for water). The gift is from God alone (Isaiah 44:3; Zechariah 12:10). His will to bless appears through the whole Bible - in the first formation of man, and in care for the salvation of sinners (Luke 19:10). But many, though thirsty, do not seek living water. They have not peace. Separation from God brings unrest (Isaiah 57:20). But the cause is not believed, and the way of comfort not loved. Many try all ways to find peace except the right one. They will follow preachers, or take up systems, or join associations. But Christ's word is "Come unto me." Again, many will not dig; content merely to wish. God who bestows the gift has appointed means (Matthew 11:12). These do not really desire a work of grace in their souls. Want to be made safe, not to be renewed; to be delivered from fear, but not disturbed just now. Hence do not search their Bibles (Psalm 119:130), or pray for the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 37:9), or care for the salvation of others (1 John 3:17). It is God's will we should dig. He may send a blessing unsought. But usually he works through means. The Bible, prayer, the Lord's table, Christian converse, Christian work (Proverbs 11:25), all are as wells, means for getting the water of life; nothing in themselves, yet made effectual where the blessing is desired.
II. HINDRANCES. Let none expect to possess wells of salvation without. They form the trial of faith (1 Peter 1:7). From those who love not God. A Christian member of a worldly family, or cast among careless associates, meets many hindrances. They may be open or veiled; in opposition or in mistaken kindness. And time for prayer is intruded on, and work for God is hindered, and a constant opposing influence is felt to chill the love of God. Or the hindrance may be from within. In prayer the mind overpowered by intrusive thoughts; besetting sins constantly gaining the victory; our spirits not in harmony with the "still small voice." Remember it is God's will through trial to give victory (1 Corinthians 10:13). Amalek fought against Israel (Exodus 17.) as the herdsmen strove against Isaac, but the way of victory was the same in both instances - trust and perseverance.
III. DIGGED ANOTHER WELL (Galatians 6:9). Will the Lord fail his people though surrounded by hindrances? Is some means of grace debarred? Is some line of Christian work, some way of Christian progress, closed against thee? Dig another well. Seek and pray for other channels in which to consecrate thy life. Perhaps the real foe hindering thee was self-will, and God has helped thee to put down self. Jesus cried, "Come unto me and drink." Whatever be the well, he is the source of its spring. Make it clear to your own heart that you are pressing to him. Tell God that it is indeed so. Then in some form or other the prayer, "Spring up, O well," shall have an abundant answer. - M.
Thou art now the blessed of the Lord.I. THE BEING WHO BLESSED ISAAC.
1. It was "the Lord," the omniscient and omnipresent Jehovah.
2. "The Lord" who blessed Isaac is omnipotent.
3. Isaac's God is infinite in wisdom.
4. The Being who blessed Isaac is a God of unspeakable goodness and mercy.
5. The God who blessed Isaac is immutable.
II. THE PERSON BLESSED. Isaac.
1. One excellent and early trait in his character was youthful piety.
2. He was an obedient son.
3. He possessed a tranquil and contemplative mind, and lived in the spirit of meditation and prayer.
III. CONSIDER SOME OF THE BLESSINGS OF WHICH ISAAC WAS THE RECIPIENT.
(1) (2) (3) (4) 2. Worldly prosperity. 3. The special presence and protection of God. 4. He was blessed in his death. (Benson Bailey.)
(2) (3) (4) 2. Worldly prosperity. 3. The special presence and protection of God. 4. He was blessed in his death. (Benson Bailey.)
(3) (4) 2. Worldly prosperity. 3. The special presence and protection of God. 4. He was blessed in his death. (Benson Bailey.)
(4) 2. Worldly prosperity. 3. The special presence and protection of God. 4. He was blessed in his death. (Benson Bailey.)
2. Worldly prosperity.
3. The special presence and protection of God.
4. He was blessed in his death.
2. The sight of God's presence with His people maketh enemies to seek to them.
3. Oaths and covenants are sacred bonds even in the account of natural men without the Church (ver. 28).
4. God makes aliens sometimes desire confederacy with His Church.
5. Enemies sometimes fear evil and desire good from the Church of God whom they have wronged.
6. Saints are the blessed of Jehovah in the confession of the wicked; therefore they seek after them (ver. 29).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
2. Mutual rejoicing among parties reconciled and confederate is but equal and rational (ver. 30).
3. It beseemeth saints to yield all readiness unto a just peace with their enemies.
4. Swearing matters of peace between the Church and its enemies is warrantable.
5. Oaths are prudently and distinctly to be taken on just occasions from man to man.
6. It is but just to send away in peace those who come to seek it (ver. 31).
(G. Hughes, B. D).
PeopleAbimelech, Ahuzzath, Bashemath, Basmath, Beeri, Elon, Esau, Isaac, Judith, Phichol, Rebekah
PlacesBeersheba, Egypt, Esek, Gerar, Rehoboth, Shibah, Sitnah, Valley of Gerar
TopicsBetimes, Departed, Early, Exchanged, Isaac, Morning, Oath, Oaths, Peace, Rise, Rose, Sware, Swear, Swore
Outline1. Isaac, because of famine, sojourns in Gerar, and the Lord blesses him.
7. He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife.
12. He grows rich, and the Philistines envy his prosperity.
18. He digs wells.
23. God appears to him at Beersheba, and blesses him;
26. and Abimelech makes a covenant with him.
34. Esau's wives.
Dictionary of Bible ThemesGenesis 26:31
5430 oaths, human
1346 covenants, nature of
LibraryThe First Apostle of Peace at any Price
'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. And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"Thou Art Now the Blessed of the Lord. "
Whether Every Lie is a Sin?
An Obscured vision
The Plan for the Coming of Jesus.
And to Holy David Indeed it Might More Justly be Said...
Covenanting Performed in Former Ages with Approbation from Above.
Jesus Sets Out from Judæa for Galilee.
Appendix ii. Philo of Alexandria and Rabbinic Theology.
Sundry Sharp Reproofs
The Section Chap. I. -iii.
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