God’s covenant with me is one of the signs that I’m his child.

Genesis 26:30-35

30 And he prepared a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 And they got up early in the morning and they promised with an oath[1], each to his brother, and Isaac sent them (away), and they went from him in peace. 32 And it was, on that day, Isaac’s slaves came in and told him about[2] the well that they had dug, and they said to him, “We found water.” And he called it “Sheba.”  Because of this, the name of the city has been Beer-sheba[3] until this day.34 And it was, Esau was a son of forty years, and took Judith [4] the daughter of Beeri[5] the Hittite, and (he also took) Bashemath[6] the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 And they were a spirit bitterness[7] for Isaac and for Rebecca.

Application

After the request by Abimelech to establish a covenant, a legally binding agreement between him and Isaac, Isaac set out a feast and they ate and drank together and made their promises… each to his brother… a covenant was the equivalent of making the other person family.

God’s covenant with me is one of the signs that I’m his child.  His covenant gives me all the rights and authority that Jesus has, which is one reason why Scripture can say, “As Christ is, so are we in the world.”

Anyway, they made a covenant and Isaac sent them away in peace.  That same day, Isaac’s slaves came in and told him that they had found water… and Isaac called the place “Sheba,” which means “Oath.” And, at the point of writing the original text, the place was still called Beersheba, meaning “Well of the Oath.”

Then, we’re told that Esau married two girls, Judith and Bashemath, and they brought a spirit of bitterness or grief to Isaac and Rebecca.

Prayer

Father, please help me to love You and be faithful to You.  Thank you that You love me, and thank you that You never let me down.  Thank you for saving me, and thank you for making me something that I could never be on my own.  I so need You for everything.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] שָׁבַע – shabaʿ – Strongs 7650 – (v) – “swear/take an oath/to curse/to cause to take an oath/sear on an oath”

[2] אוֹדוֹצ – ’owdowth – Strongs 182 – (n . f) “cause/reason for/sake/the occasion of/account/because/concerning/reason that/on account of”

[3] בְאֵר שֶׁבַע – bâ’er sheba‘ – Strongs 884 – (n . proper) – “Beersheba, name of a city in the Negev at the south edge of Israel = ‘well of the seven/well of sevenwell of the seven fold oath’”

[4] יְהוּדִית – Yâhuwdiyth – Strongs 3067 – (n . f Proper) – “Judith, name of the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and wife of Esau = ‘in the Jewish language/in Hebrew/Judean/Jewess’”

[5] בְּאֵרִי – ʾeriy – Strongs 882 – (proper n) – “Beeri, name of Judith, Esau’s wife’s father, and also name of Hosea’s father = ‘my well’”

[6] בָּשְׂמָת – Bosmath – Strongs 1315 – (n . f proper) – “Bashemath/Masmath, name of Easau’s wife, daughter of Elon, also a daughter of Ishmael, also name of a sister of Neaioth, name of a daughter of Solon , wife of Ahimaz, one of Solomon’s officers = ‘spice’”

[7] מֹרָה – marah – Strongs 4786 – (n . f) – “bitterness/grief/state of misery and mental distress”