The Stopped Up Well
After the initial account of Esau and Jacob in Genesis 25, we have a chapter concerning blessings and wells of water. These two concepts are related. The Almighty appeared to Isaac and promised to bless him and his offspring because Abraham his father kept the Torah (Genesis 26:5). The Torah is often referred to as a well or fountain of water.
Unfortunately, Abraham’s wells had been stopped up, and filled with earth by the Philistines. In a spiritual sense, this meant that the fountain of Torah maintained by Abraham had been closed.
The word for well is be’er (as in Beersheba). The root word of well means to make plain, distinct, and clear. The stopped up wells in Genesis 26:15 were no longer a plain, distinct and clear source of water.
Abraham’s closed wells were a depiction and reflection of Isaac. Isaac’s eyes grew dim in Genesis 27:1. They were stopped up like a well, and he lost the ability to see in a plain, distinct, and clear manner.
Isaac’s blindness occurred when the well of the Torah was closed in his home, and he could no longer perceive the will of the Almighty. The teachings which were plain, distinct, and clear for Abraham were filled in – causing blindness in Isaac.
Isaac indeed became physically and spiritually blind to the true nature of Esau’s character. He was too blind to see that Jacob was the true heir, and the divinely-chosen vessel for the blessings of Abraham.
In America, beer is flowing in some homes. But, be’er would be far better. We need a well of water, a fountain of Torah, and a wellspring of life.
Published April 13, 2017