Sunday, May 5, 2013


Colossians 1:10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. This is not a passing on of knowledge but a growing in knowledge of the love of God. 
For every man, education should be a process that continues all his life. We have to abandon, as swiftly as possible, the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40--and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20? ~Arthur C. Clarke
Knowledge is to be sought after but in light of the Cross.
Romans 10:2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Not for the sake of zeal!
Philippians 1:9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, of the Love of God!
Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. How? DURING ACTIVE DIGGING!
Gen 26/Background:Abraham had dug a number of wells and his enemies kept filled them in.  Later his son needed water, so he re-opened the closed wells.  Each well had a special name.  Each well dealt with different issues of life.  As way of application, the wells that have been dug here at ICCS over the last 23 years by many of you and from the preaching, will need some attention and some possible re-digging—so that fresh water or fresh knowledge of God’s love will continue to flow.
What had happened before Chapter 26? Sarah was an old barren lady when God visited her and she conceived and gave birth to a child. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born!  And she was still a good-looking woman! And in Chapter 23, Sarah passedaway at 127 years of ageAbraham bought a cave from a Hittite and placed his beloved wife there as her final resting place.  Moving along …
Chapter 24 deals with finding a wife for the son Isaac who was called Rebekah.  Drought in the land In chapter 25Abraham dies.  But before he dies, he marries again and (during the next years) has SIX more boys!   Abraham was 175 when he died. 
There is an expression that goes:  The apple does not fall far from the tree. In the case of Isaac and Abraham, they both had a problem with telling people the truth about their wives---they told the people of the land that they were their sisters. 
Isaac became a very wealthy man with large herds of animals that needed water.  The wells his father had dug had all been filled in or plugged up by the tribes living around there. They were troubled having this Hebrew tribe in their area and wanted them to move along.  He did not rename them. Dispute. Opposition. Room to live~ well of 7
But now, Isaac needed that water, so he had his men reopen the wells.  He had been told NOT to go into Egypt like his father had so he went and stayed in a place called Gerar meaning “lodging-place”.
26:12 Planted crops  ~~ 100 fold.  Needed water.
All this resulting in a reaping a hundredfold: Genesis 26:12.  Now Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him. Be ready for a HARVEST!
Three thousand years later, modern techniques are being used to sow and reap in the area’s fertile soil.
13 became very rich.   15 People in the area envied him that happens even among Believers… ENVY
APPLICATION: Titus 3:3  At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice & envy, being hated and hating one another.  James 3:14-16 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  BEWARE!
26:16  Enemies filled the wells as Isaac became powerful.
18 Isaac needed to reopen wells and used same names.
19~20 new well: "Esek". (the English form of a Hebrew word which means dispute). APPLICATION: Acts 23:7 When Paul said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 15:2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. 1 Cor 6:1 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?
21 Another well was dug—"Sitnah". (the English form of a Hebrew word which means opposition). APPLICATION:  Heb 12:3 Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
26:22  Rehobath- (the English form of a Hebrew word which means room to live).  He has given us ROOM!!!  And peace. 26:23  He went up to Beersheba and the Lord shown Himself to Isaac there. The Lord appeared to him—I am with you! Don’t be afraid!”
26:24 After your commitment to what I want to see in you—I will be with you so keep digging.  Stay focused on getting water from His well.
At this point, Isaac 25 built an altar (to worship) & dug a well.
26:28  People in the area said: “We see that the Lord is with Isaac.  Make a treaty with us.Strong witness!
26:32~33  Dug another well and found water.   Shibah= Beersheba.  Beersheba's name is derived from the Hebrew words pronounced beer, meaning well, and sheba, meaning seven. Hence the name of the town meant the seventh well or well of the oath.  (Seven ewe lambs were given during the oath.  Basically, this is a very watered area.
The actual well of Beersheba was dug by Abraham's servants, and was a place of conflict when Abimelech's servants tried to seize it. APPLICATION: Gal 5:17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. To avoid conflict, Romans 12:8 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
The Lord had made more room for them.  He grew them!
APPLICATION: Don’t go to Egypt… You are set free to live in the Land the Lord has given you.  Stay clear of Envy.  Keep digging.  Watch out for argument Esek and contention.  Stay clear of quarreling Sitnah and enmity. But deal with it should it appear.
They then moved to yet another area BUT no one quarreled over it!  This was Rehoboth…God made room for them—we will flourish in the land, so-don’t give up—be committed to the old teachings.  Be open to them.
APPLICATION: Built an altar and Worship, call on the Name of the Lord!  The deeper you dig, the less you see what is around you as you look for the water below.  We need to keep our eyes open to what is going on around us.  Change when it is necessary—not for change sake but if it is really needed.  Keep to the Main Things!
26:28 We have seen that the Lord is with us.  At this point, another well is dug and much water is found.  Showing the pleasure of the Lord.
APPLICATION: Jesus said in Matthew 11:30: For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Daily follow Him is the digging of the wells. There is water there—refreshment and life. 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.