Genesis 21:22-34. It would be 1000 years before the Philistines would be major players in the conflict over the Holy Land. But Abraham meets up with king Abimelech and his commanding general and established a covenant with them. Abraham attested to his ownership of the disputed well by giving seven ewe lambs to Abimelech. The number seven is significant because it sounds like the word for oath. Both parties made a covenant of mutual respect that day, and the place where the well sat was called Beersheba. Abraham’s descendant, David, would be in conflicts again over ownership of this land generations later. But during Moses’ time, the covenant stood.
LORD, teach us to reconcile with our enemies, whenever possible.