Published on September 15th, 2014
The Book of Genesis tells us the story of Isaac, the son of Abraham. The Lord blessed Isaac with good crops and many flocks and herds of animals. Isaac became very wealthy.
The Philistines were not believers in the one true God. They were jealous of Isaac’s many blessings. So they filled his water wells with dirt. Abimelech, the king of the Philistines, said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”
Isaac and his family, servants, herds, and flocks needed water. They moved to a valley and dug a new well. But the shepherds in the valley claimed the well for their own.
Isaac’s servants dug still another well. Again other people argued with them over the well. Isaac moved and again dug a new well. This time no one fought him over the well.
Later Abimelech, the Philistine king, came to visit Isaac. “Why have you come to me?” Isaac asked him. “You hate me and have sent me away from you.”
Abimelech and his men said, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you.” And they made a peace agreement with Isaac.
(Source: Genesis 26)
- Why do you think Abimelech feared Isaac’s wealth?
- If Isaac was mightier than his enemies, why did he not fight them over the wells?
- Is Isaac and his people had fought over the wells, how might the story have ended differently?
- Read Matthew 5:39–42. Was Isaac’s behavior in agreement with Jesus’ teachings?
The next post will tell the story of a bold Christian in Nepal today who also had a problem with a water well.