Jehovah Appears to Isaac (26:1-5)
The Philistines are a type of religious flesh; i.e. the tendency within each one of us to carry on an outward form of godliness, while denying the power thereof (2 Tim. 3:5). They had migrated from Egypt (a type of the world) to Canaan without crossing the Red Sea (a type of the death of Christ). They were those who occupied the place of blessing, but had no right to it.In the heavenly places there are enemies, and for this reason we need to take the whole armor of God.
Isaac in Gerar (26:6-14)
Redigging wells (26:15-25)
“And there, upon the blessing of God, the hostile world, which just before drove him out, now seeks his favour and alliance; in a word, we have the direction to the resurrection Church – its conduct, still clinging to the world – within its borders – the world jealous of its blessing – contending – hating – and the Church giving way – yields all to it – comes into the border of the promise, where God blesses it. Then the world is glad to come and own that the Lord is with it – humbly submitting itself to him, whom it now owns is now “the blessed of the Lord” – the world never owned this while the Church was within its borders, but ruined it – the same day, the Lord gave them that water, fresh digged, which had been to Abraham the seal and occasion of the testimony of what belonged to himself, and where he had called on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God, who had now shown a fulfilling of His faithfulness and mercy in this name – it is an instructive picture.”4
Covenant with Abimelech (26:26-33)
Esau finds wives (26:34-35)
- “…he drew towards the world in dwelling in Gerar… Isaac had no business in Gerar – he was to sojourn in this land, but then he had no occasion to go into the place of what was of the world (and the world in controversy with Israel about the borders of their land) where he is brought into fear, contention and hatred, through their envy…” – Darby, J.N. Notes and Comments. Volume 4. Genesis Typically Considered.
- I think you get Isaac upon lower ground altogether: he digs up again the wells his father first dug, which the Philistines had stopped, and then surrenders them. You get decay, besides denying his wife; but when he comes into the place which God had given as a limit, to Beersheba – there they have to own him when he is within his limits. Before, it was a contention with the spirit of the world where he was, and he has to yield. – Darby, J.N. Hints on the Book of Genesis.
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary
- Darby, J.N. Notes and Comments. Volume 4. Genesis Typically Considered.