Posts Tagged ‘well’

170321Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well. Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” He said to them, “Do you know Laban son of Nahor?” They said, “We do.” He said to them, “Is it well with him?” “Yes,” they replied, “and here is his daughter Rachel, coming with the sheep.” He said, “Look, it is still broad daylight; it is not time for the animals to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.” But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.” While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them. Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother’s brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother’s brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of his mother’s brother Laban. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and told her father. When Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month. (Genesis 29:1-14, NRSV)

Jacob rolled the stone away, kissed the girl and wept. Sounds like a bad middle school movie…

Jacob was looking for Laban’s family because it was his mother’s brother family. While this is not the way society works today it was the way marriages were put together in Bible times. Families were tight knit groups. Jacob was looking for a spouse.

And he found Rachel, at a well, the same way Rebekah was found for Isaac. God works in mysterious ways.

So pray to God that His will is done in your life and follow where He leads you.

160524A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:7-24, NRSV)

Everyone who knows me will worship me in Spirit and in truth.

Not on this mountain, not in Jerusalem.

Not her or there.

But where the Spirit moves.

Worship God in Spirit and in truth and allow the Spirit to move through you to lead you to the life He has for you!

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath. (John 5:1-9, NRSV)

There was a man who laid by this pool every day and he had been ill for 38 years.

When the pool was stirred by the angel, which was what tradition said happened, and the first person in the pool would be healed. The man could not make it to the pool before someone else would get in and be healed.

So Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to be made well?”

This seems to be an easy question. I know many people that if I were to ask them this question the answer would be a resounding YES!!!! Most of us, if held back by something we can be healed from, would jump at the chance to be healed.

But this man gives excuses. He has no one to put him in the pool.  He can’t move fast enough to get in the pool before someone else. It could be he was complacent in being as he is. And changing that, by being healed, would cause him more harm than staying ill. His life was ok and why upset that.

“Do you want to be made well?”

How would you answer Jesus?

But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, (John 4:4-13, NRSV)

Jesus broke down bearers, not just societal, but every bearer that existed.

He should not have gone the way He did, even though it was the shortest route to where He was going.

He should not have been speaking to the person He was speaking to for so many reasons:

She is a Samaritan
She is a she.
She is at the well at noon.

All of these things are against her and society would say that she is not worth anyones time.

But Jesus comes to meet her here. He comes and offers her living water.

Just as Jesus comes to meet you where ever you are to offer you that same living water.

Why?

Posted: 2015/02/08 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Epiphany
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And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon ‘s mother- in- law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, ” Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mark 1:29-39, ESV)

As you read this text I am sure you, like me, and the majority of other people are fixated on the healing. Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law and then the sick people are brought in droves to Him so they can be healed.

He had to sneak away in the wee morning hours to get some alone time. And when the disciples find Him, they ask Him where He was because “everyone was looking for Him.” They needed to be healed and they needed to see Him and have Him heal them!

But Jesus’ response is one we need to focus on.

While we are focused on the healing, Jesus is focused on preaching and spreading the good news. Jesus answer to the disciples question of where He was is “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” Jesus came to spread the good news, not to heal.

He came to tell us of the wonderful life we could have in God, and because of that we are made well!

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