Return to Beersheba


The account of God blessing Abraham and establishing the Abrahamic covenant, prophesying the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, as the Seed of Abraham, end with Abraham returning with his servants to Beersheba.

Although the reason as to why Abraham returned to Beersheba is unknown, from the Scripture, we learn that Beersheba was the place where Abraham had made a treaty with Abimelech and his commander Phicol and it means the well of seven or well of the oath. At the end of the treaty we learn that Abraham planted a grove where he called the name of the Lord, Eternal God. (Genesis 21:22-34).

With the Lord intervening and preventing Abraham from sacrificing his own son, Isaac, it is not unlikely that Abraham returned to the place where he had previously called on the name of the Lord God.

Points to ponder:
In light of this account of Abraham returning to Beersheba, the question that needs to be answered is Do we return to Beersheba? i.e., Do we return to where we call on the name of the Lord God – the place of worship? If not, we ought to.

Genesis 22:19 (KJV)
19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

Genesis 21:33 (KJV)
33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.

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