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)
Covenant with Abimelech (26:26-33)
Esau finds wives (26:34-35)
- “…he drew towards the world in dwelling in Gerar” – 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