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Abimelech takes Philcol, his military advisor with him to meet Abraham (v. 22). Apparently he was afraid of Abraham and thought that at some opportune time Abraham would zap him (vv. 23-24). It seems that Abraham had dug a well and Abimelech’s men had violently wrestled it from him (v. 25). Being confronted with this Abimelech denies all knowledge of the incident and signed a contract with Abraham confirming Abraham’s right to the well (vv. 26-27). It is questionable whether he had any intention of honoring this contract but at least it looked good on paper. Abraham sets apart seven female lambs (v. 28) and Abimelech questions him about it (v. 29).Abraham told him to take these as proof that he had dug the well (v. 30).
This contract was made in Beersheba, which was the most southern city of Israel (v. 31). It lay on the edge of a vast wilderness that stretched from Egypt to the southwest and Mount Sinai to the south. The phrase from Dan to Beersheba was often used to describe the boundaries of the Promised Land ( II Samuel 17:11). Beersheba’s southern location and the presence of several wells explains why Abraham settled there. Beersheba was also the home of Isaac. After this Abimelech rose up with his chief captains and returned to the land of the Philistines (v. 32). Probably these two congratulated each other on having gotten the best of Abraham. After this Abraham planted a tamarisk tree, worshiped the Lord there and lived for a long time in the land of the Philistines (vv. 33-34).
Sincerity in my relationship with others is more important than any agreement that I may sign. I am not responsible for what the other person may or may not do but I must be very careful to carry out my end of the bargain.
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Genesis 18:1-15God Promises Abraham a Son
Genesis 18:16-33Abraham Makes an Appeal for Sodom
Genesis 19:1-11Lots Guests Are Assaulted
Genesis 19:12-26Lot Leaves Sodom And The Cities Are Destroyed
Genesis 19:27-38Lot’s Daughters Have Sons By Their Father
Genesis 20:1-18Abraham Tells Abemelech Sarah is His Sister
Genesis 21:1-21God Provides For Hagar And Ishmael
Genesis 21:22-34Abraham’s Agreement With Abimelech
Genesis 22:1-14God Tests Abraham
Genesis 22:15-24God Promises to Multiply Abraham’s Seed
Genesis 23:1-20Sarah’s Death
Genesis 24:1-9Abraham Seeks a Wife for Isaac in Israel
Genesis 24:10-28Abraham’s Servant Finds a Wife For Isaac
Genesis 24:29-49Isaac’s Wife is Found
Genesis 24:50-67Isaac And Rebekah Are Married