Genesis 26:15-18 gives the account of Isaac, the son of Abraham, re-digging the wells that his father’s servants had dug. These well had been stopped (filled) by the Philistines. Abraham had dug the wells as a symbol of an oath between him and the then king Abimelech to establish that he had dug the well. Abraham called it Beersheba, the well of the oath. Here he called on (worshipped) the name the Lord after that treaty was made (Genesis 21:22-34). The action of the Philistines stopping the well was in a sense symbolic of the removal of the place of worship, and Isaac’s act of re-digging the well was indicative of restoring the place of worship.
Points to ponder:
While God can be worshipped anywhere, and a place is not what defines true worship, Isaac’s act is however important, to reassert that worship when opposed or stopped must be re-established and continued. Has your worship of the Lord God stopped? If so, take action today. In other words, re-dig the wells …
Genesis 26:15-18 (KJV)
15 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.
16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.
17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.