"And Abraham placed seven ewe lambs by themselves. And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What are these seven ewe lambs, which you have placed by themselves?" And he said, "For these seven ewe lambs you shall take from my hand, in order that it be to me for a witness that I dug this well." Therefore, he named that place Beer Sheba, for there they both swore."
There is a beautiful thought about the well Abraham dug. The water from the well he not only kept for himself but shared with others.
You can see the water as a symbol of Torah. Abraham made it known to everyone that there is One G-d whom people should worship and give thanks to. As long as Abraham lived among the people, there was a well for the
people to drink from, but as soon as Abraham moved on to another place, the people filled the well. They did not retain their faith and trust in HaShem, and returned to their idols and old customs.
Isaac restored his father's wells, but the people kept plugging them, again and again. But Isaac kept going until the people no longer plugged the well and thus could continue to drink water when Isaac moved on.
Keep Repeating the Message
From this we can draw the lesson that we must persist in teaching people knowledge about HaShem to a point where they no longer need us to keep in touch with HaShem but can drink on their own.
Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.