Re-digging the Wells. Genesis 26:17-18
Isaac returns to his father’s land in the area of Gerar of the Philistines during the time of famine. He finds that the wells that his father, Abraham had dug were now filled in and Isaac sets about on the task of re-opening these wells.
1. Over time – wells become clogged.
A. They may become clogged by sin in our lives.
B. They may become clogged by others.
** Not necessarily clogged by ‘bad things’ – but may just have become clogged up by the demands of life (Luke 14:16-24)
2. Notice that Isaac returned to His Father’s Wells
A. He knew WHERE to return – we need to return to the Joy of our Salvation
B. He found peace there – he stayed and dwelt there once again. (Genesis 26:25)
3. The Significance of the Well’s Names
A. Abraham’s Wells:
1) Beer-lahai roi = “of Him who seeth and loveth me”
2) Beer- sheba = the covenant
B. Isaac’s Wells:
1) Esek = contention
2) Sitna = hatred
** Isaac found satisfaction at the original wells, but found difficulty in digging new ones.
4. The Holy Spirit is our Well of Water
A. He is to be ‘springing up’
B. He is to be constant (Isaiah 58:11)
C. He is placed within (John 7:38-39)