Abimelech just means my father the king. It is a title of respect, not a personal name. This is a different man to Abraham’s Abimelech. Water rights are a modern concern too. Beersheba is where the Australian Light Horse made their famous charge in World War One.
“And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it.”
Isaac had opportunity to argue with the Philistines, but he did not take it.
Twice he moved on from wells that he had re-dug until finding a place where they did not want to fight over it (and then a third move to Beersheeba).
Isaac did not retaliate and defend his claims, he moved on and worked for peace.
This is meekness at work, submission under God’s mighty hand, strength under guidance.
* God Above,
Thank You for what we see in Isaac here today. That he submitted himself under Your will, seeking peace.
Please help us to seek peace today.