The letter corresponding to this chapter is Dalet- door; way and also dimensions. This letter also deals with man's concern for his fellow man and also our relationship with G-d.
B'resheet 26:1-2 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Avraham. So Yitz'chak went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the L-RD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.
Abimelech - This may be a title for the ruler rather than his actual name. It may not be the same person that Avraham encountered in chapter 20.
Here we see the L-rd directing Yitz'chak on where he should go or not to go. The L-rd knows all and knows what is good for us. Nothing in our lives takes HaShem by surprise. Nothing takes Him off guard or concern for our welfare. Yitz'chak listened and responded correctly.
B'resheet 26:3-5 Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Avraham. And I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Avraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."
Here we see the Avrahamic Covenant reconfirmed to Yitz'chak and not to any of Avraham 's other descendants.
He stresses three things again: land, seed, and blessing.
B'resheet 26:6-11 So Yitz'chak lived in Gerar. When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he was afraid to say, "my wife," thinking, "the men of the place might kill me on account of Rivkah, for she is beautiful." And it came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Yitz'chak was caressing his wife Rivkah. Then Abimelech called Yitz'chak and said, "Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, 'She is my sister'?" And Yitz'chak said to him, "Because I said, 'Lest I die on account of her.'"And Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us." So Abimelech charged all the people, saying, "He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
Sound familiar- Again regardless of actions Yitz'chak is blessed. There was a higher concern of life. The Father had a higher concern for our welfare despite the fact that we have sinned, He therefore sent His Son to be sacrificed for us and to rise again. Why?
It was necessary for our sake eternally. Are you willing to obey? This is the "Door" and "WAY" He wants us to go. Will you respond correctly like Yitz'chak or like Yeshua?
Thank you Father for sending the son from above, Thank you Yeshua for listening to the Father and Thank you Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) for revealing this truth to us. Praise G-d who is ONE!
John 10:17-18 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."
John 6:43-51 Yeshua answered and said to them, "Do not grumble among yourselves. "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of G-d.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. "Not that any man has seen the Father, except the One who is from G-d; He has seen the Father. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. "I am the bread of life. "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. "This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh." NAS
B'resheet 26:12-15 Now Yitz'chak sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the L-RD blessed him, and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Avraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.
Many today try to stop us from drinking water from a well that springs up into eternal life- just like the Philistines at this time- they try to stop up the well that leads to life. Some do it by telling you not to read or believe in certain books or verses in the Bible and others by twisting the Word to suit their own purpose.
John 4:13-14 "Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. NAS
B'resheet 26:16-24 Then Abimelech said to Yitz'chak, "Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us." And Yitz'chak departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there. Then Yitz'chak dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Avraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Avraham ; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them. But when Yitz'chak's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Yitz'chak, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah. And he moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, "At last the L-RD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land." Then he went up from there to Beersheba. And the L-RD appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the G-d of your father Avraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Avraham."
Esek - comes from the word that means strife.
Sitnah -comes from the word that means opposition.
Rehoboth - means "room enough"