Genesis 26:19–25 (ESV)
Isaac and Abimelech (Part 3)
19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen,
saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.
22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said,. “I am
the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake” 25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name
of the Lord and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
Abraham and Isaac have dug a lot of wells.
Isaac receives a blessing much like Abraham: “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.” This is a very memorable occasion, so
Isaac builds an altar. Luther writes: “For wherever mention is made of the erection of an altar and the building of a tabernacle, there the establishment of a little church is pointed out—a church in which people came together to teach
and hear the Word of God, to pray, to praise God, and to sacrifice” (AE 5:78).
I pray: O Lord, help me to honor and worship you for your great love and mercy. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 56). St. Louis,
MO: Concordia Publishing House.