Isaac was pre-eminently the man of the well. His life revolved around five wells. These five wells are named for us because, typically, they represent the experiences of God's elect in this world. Here are five wells from which all of God's people must drink in this world.
When Isaac came down from
While he dwelt in Gerar's dry valley he dug a well which the Philistines filled with sand. Isaac called that well ESEK (Gen. 26:20). Esek means "strife". As long as you and I live in this dry valley among the Philistines of this world, we will have to drink the bitter waters of Esek. "In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John ).
Isaac left Esek and dug another well; but the Philistines were still around. Again there was strife. And Isaac called that well SITNAH (Gen. 26:21). Sitnah means "hatred".Our Lord Jesus told us plainly,"Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake" (Matt. ). It is impossible to confess Christ before his enemies and not be hated by those who hate him. If I am loved and embraced by those who hate my Lord, I have great reason to seriously question my faithfulness to him.
Isaac left Sitnah and dug the well REHOBOTH (Gen. 26:22), which means "spacious abundance". He was God's child and God made room for him, abundantly supplying his needs, according to his own riches in glory by Christ Jesus. And he will do the same for you and me (Phil. ). We never have reason to fear the world or compromise with it. God our Savior will provide for his own!
At last, Isaac came to the place where he had worshipped God with his father Abraham and dug again the well SHEBAH (Gen. 26:33), which means "good fortune." Walking in the old paths, seeking the good way, looking to Christ, trusting Christ, obeying Christ, Isaac found good fortune. So will we!