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WELLS WITHOUT WATER

Isaac flourished at Gerar, by the blessing of the Lord,  having planted he received a hundred fold, waxed great and went forward and grew until he became very great. He had possessions of flocks and herds, a great store of servants until the Philistines envied him and sent him away into the valley of Gerar. This place was less hospitable for the Philistines had stopped up the wells that his father Abraham had digged and filled them with earth. Thus removing the possibility of supplying the need of his crops, flocks, servants, as well as his family.

 For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged
in the days of Abraham his father,
the Philistines had stopped them,
and filled them with earth.
Gen 26:15

Isaac, Abraham, Well, Stopped, Digged Again, © Jeff Maxwell

Well without Water

 

And Isaac digged again the wells of water,
which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father;
for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham:
and he called their names after the names by which
his father had called them.
Gen 26:18

This was fine, Isaac’s men dug the well and found water, but the herdmen of Gerar were not happy, they came and strove with Isaac’s herdmen, claiming that the water was their  water.  Isaac did not contest this, he renamed the well “Esek” which means “quarrel”  and moved on and dug again and found water. The herdmen of Gerar  contested this also, so Isaac renamed this well “Sitnah” meaning “hatred, hostility” and moved on. Isaac’s men then dug another well which was not contested so he called it “Rehoboth” meaning “broad places” for the Lord hath made room for us, and now we shall be fruitful.

Isaac now moved on to Beer-sheba and the Lord appeared to him in the night saying that HE was the God of Abraham his father, not to fear,  for HE would bless him and multiply his seed, for His servant Abraham’s sake.

Abimelech king of the Philistines came to Isaac saying that the Philistines had seen that the Lord was with Isaac and now wanted an oath between them, so they made a covenant together for peace. Isaac prepared a feast, they ate and drank, and in the morning rose up, confirmed the covenant and went in peace.

That’s the story of the stopped up wells, the wells full of earth, the wells without water, the wells that could not be a blessing to anyone.  I want to now try to apply the lessons of this story, spiritually. 
J A Alexander wrote     “Water is a natural and common figure, for obtaining and enjoying divine  favour.”  

Water, as we know, is essential for life and growth, water sustains and strengthens life, water is refreshing and reviving. This is true of physical life but it is also true concerning spiritual life, water is essential.

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst,
I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys:
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
Isaiah 41:17-18

There is a graphic picture of God doing this in Exodus 17. The children of Israel were in the wilderness of Sin (Sinai), they murmured and complained to Moses because of the lack of water and God showed them ‘Grace in the Wilderness’. Moses smote the rock of Horeb with his rod and water came forth and the people did drink and were satisfied. Now the Apostle Paul himself shows us that this has a spiritual application, it was Christ that met the needs of His children, as the rock released the waters when it was struck in faith, it is Christ that supplies our needs through faith…..

And did all drink the same spiritual drink:
for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:
and that Rock was Christ.
1 Cor. 10 :4

 Unfortunately there are still Philistines about. There are those that would fill up the “wells of salvation” and block up the way to blessing with all kinds of debris. There are false prophets, who bring in damnable heresies, who cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of, who through covetousness would make merchandise of us. There are brute beasts who speak evil of things that they don’t understand. There are many with eyes full of adultery, who cannot cease from sin, who beguile unstable souls and forsake the right way and quickly go astray. How many “Christians”  live in such a way, that instead of bringing needy souls to the water of life, and leading the thirsty to the fountain of the water of  life, they thrust forth all kinds of obstacles to hinder, divert, block up that wonderful supply given by the grace of God. All these people are described as “wells without water, clouds that are carried away with the tempest. “Wells without  water” are quite useless things, bring no benefit or blessing, no refreshing, no life or growth, no sustaining power, no reviving within. Clouds might appear beneficial, have a promise of refreshing showers but yield absolutely nothing as they are blown away with the tempest. 

 These are wells without water,
clouds that are carried with a tempest;
to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2 Peter 2:17

Fortunately not all “Wells are without Water”, not all wells are stopped, blocked up with earth, some have been dug again and yield the Waters of Life. There are those who open up the wells of salvation, and make the water of  life available through the preaching and the sharing of God’s word. The “water” in the verse below is an intensive plural it indicates the fulness and all sufficiency of the blessings which come from these springs, says one commentator, these oasis in the deserts are life giving, these natural springs of waters are given by the goodness of God and the waters in the wells of Salvation are given by the Grace of God, and yield life giving mercy.

 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12:3

Firstly, I must ask if you are drawing “water out of the wells of Salvation” for yourself? Are you getting nourishment for your own spiritual life and growth? Why are so many Christians, weak, stunted, without depth and power, often bowed down in spiritual warfare, instead of overcoming in the Spirit’s power? They do not feed themselves with the Word, they do not refresh themselves with Prayer, they do not give themselves time to grow and develop, they do not give themselves the opportunity to be filled with the Spirit’s power. They miss out on fellowship with God and His people, they deprive themselves of the resources that are available, they never reflect upon the mighty acts of God in History, although we are mightily blessed with books, digital resources,  conferences, and lectures which are there to help us. It is with joy, real happiness, that we should be drawing “Water out of the Wells of Salvation”  but how often, our spirits, are  heavy when we come to the Word, or prayer, or fellowship, or some good book, or some other spiritual exercise. O Lord increase our “Joy in the Lord” Help us too know Peace and Joy, real Joy in our lives, that we might “Draw Water out of the Wells of Salvation” for ourselves firstly that we might then help others to draw water. We should be the means to bring sinners to Christ, to show them the benefits, to point them to life giving refreshing springs.

 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 4:14

 

This is why “Drawing Water out of the Wells of Salvation” is so important. For if, we drink of them we shall never thirst. Once we have drunk of them, they are a life giving supply; they spring up unto everlasting life. The only way to have everlasting life is to drink of Christ, to have Him in our hearts and lives, to know the Salvation that He gives us. Then when we have this great blessing, given to us by the Grace of God, we are to bring others unto Christ, to drink of the water that only he can give. We are, as it were, to unblock the way, remove all the hindrances, re-dig the wells, that Water of Life might flow freely once again, for this how Salvation comes before the eyes of the lost. Now are you a “well without water”, “a cloud” promising much, but carried away with a tempest. A New Year is before us, with new opportunities, are you blocking up the wells or unblocking them, helping sinners to Christ or hindering them? The consequences are eternal !

However, we are not quite finished with water yet, notice the verse below.

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters:
and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Rev. 7:17

Here is a picture, which takes us into heaven itself. Here is the Lamb, in the midst of the throne, feeding his own, wiping away all tears from their eyes. These two themes are often spoken about, the Lamb in the midst of the throne and the wiping away of all tears, but, the Lamb leading His own to the “Living Fountains of Water” is not often brought before our eyes. This is in Heaven and we are still being led to living fountains of water by Christ the Lamb, what does this mean?
Let John Gill answer this,

“by “water” is meant the grace, love, and free favour of God in Christ, that pure river of water of life, which proceeds from the throne of God, and of the Lamb, from divine sovereignty; and with which the saints in this state shall be sweetly and fully solaced and refreshed; and hence they shall never thirst more: and this is said to be “living”, because not only refreshing and reviving, but because it will last for ever; the love of God is from everlasting to everlasting; and it is signified by “fountains”, to denote the abundance of it, even as it will be perceived and enjoyed by the saints now;….” Rev 7:17

and for all eternity, we shall hunger and thirst no more because we shall have a superabundant supply, being feed and led by the Lamb in the midst of the throne.

There are “Wells with Water” and “Wells without Water” : WHICH ARE YOU?

 

 

©Jeff Maxwell 2011

 

 

Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide

“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8

Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh:  as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:14

The English word “provide” give a good indication of the meaning here.

“Provide” is from the Latin providere   –     pro- before  / videre – to see:  so means to see before in the sense of preparing for a future event.

The Lord had made a suitable provision for Abraham. Let us look at it. God tested (Not tempted) Abraham, asking him to take his only son Isaac, go into the land of Moriah, and there make him a burnt offering, on the mountain that God would tell him.

Abraham obediently took two young men and Isaac with the wood for the burnt offering and took his journey. On the third day, Abraham saw the place God appointed. See Gen. 22:1-4

I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you. Gen 22:5

Here is a problem: was Abraham telling the truth? Abraham already knew he had to offer Isaac as a burnt offering! See v2 and he fully intended to be obedient. Hebrews 11:17-19 give us the answer.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Heb 11:17-19

Abraham was full of faith, believing God’s ability to keep His promises. If God asked Abraham to sacrifice Issac  Abraham believed that, God could raise Isaac from the dead. Therefore, Abraham could bring his son back after worshipping God. Isaac was the “child of promise” to elderly parents (See Gen18:11) who were past the age of childbirth. Isaac came in a sense “even from the dead” and in figure or type, Abraham received him back now.
The Puritan Thomas Watson wrote, “God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His Promises”.  Job said, “Though he slay me yet will I trust him.” Abraham’s faith was sufficient for the situation. Is ours for the situations that surround us.

Now a question arises. (See Gen.22:7)

Isaac asks! Look fire and wood BUT where is the lamb for the burnt offering?
Abraham’s reply is not evasive but wonderful; he directs Isaac to almighty God’s control of the situation. Abraham is truthful; he wants the will of God done in this situation.

“My Son, God will provide himself a lamb for the burnt offering” Gen 22:8

Abraham’s answer satisfied Isaac so they went on together. Isaac’s relationship with his father, to me, is simply beautiful here. Isaac can question his father but accepts his answer and has nothing more to say.

They arrive at the place God appointed; build an altar together and lay out the wood, the younger man helping the older man, both in harmony with each other, despite the thoughts that must have been going through Abraham’s mind. Isaac is bound and laid on the wood, on the altar, he does not argue, force is not used, as he does not resist his fathers will. Abraham takes up the knife to slay his son according to God’s direction.
Then the “angel of the Lord” stops the proceedings. Do not harm the lad, as the “angel of the Lord” now knew that Abraham feared God, because he had not withheld his only son from Him.

Who is “the angel of the Lord?”  

There is good reason to believe that it is a pre-incarnation “appearance” of Jesus Christ”. Appearance is used loosely as this “voice” called to Abraham out of heaven, twice, and was not an appearance (Theophany) of the pre-incarnate Christ in human form as in other scriptures.
A study of the “Angel of The Lord”; “Angel of the Covenant” in reference to Christ Jesus will repay your efforts.

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Gen. 22:13 

Jehovah Jireh: God provides and Isaac is spared, a ram caught by the horns in a bush is provided, ready for sacrifice in Isaac’s place. Here is a picture of Christ’s Substitutionary Sacrifice in our place, acceptable and well pleasing to God.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Abraham and Isaac are able to return to the two young men and Abraham’s faith was rewarded by a renewal of the promise of God.

Christ has done so much for us in His death on the Cross of Calvary, as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the World” Take some time to think through for yourself exactly what it meant for Christ Jesus to willingly offer Himself and how he precisely fulfilled the Old Testament types of offerings for Sin.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29
The big questions are;
Have we any interest in Christ Sacrifice?
Have our sins been forgiven?
Are we washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Are we walking with Christ Jesus day by day in newness of Life?

Jehovah Jireh. The Lord Sees.   The Lord will Provide.
Ebenezer; hitherto the Lord has helped us.

Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. Matt 6:8
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Further Study

Note 1.

Mount Moriah is in same range as Golgotha /Calvary.
The Jews say Adam and Noah sacrificed upon Mount Moriah
Solomon built the temple for God’s worship on Mount Moriah.

Note 2

Isaac as a type of Christ.

Isaac, Only Son Heb 11:17   :  
Jesus Christ, Only begotten Son John 1:14 John 3:16 Ps. 2:7

Isaac carried the wood and was laid on it. Gen 22:6 & 9
Christ carried Cross   John 19:17     Acts 5:30 (hanged on a tree)

Isaac was bound.  Gen 22:9   
Christ was bound Matt 27:2

Isaac showed no resistance.    
Christ led like a lamb to the slaughter.

Isaac was to be stabbed.      
Christ was pierced by a spear.

Isaac offered as a Lamb                    
Christ the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world

On the 3rd day Abraham and Isaac came to the mount of sacrifice Isaac offered and returned  
Jesus Christ was Crucified at 3rd hour and Christ rose again on the 3rd day.

Contrast.

Abraham’s son Isaac was spared being sacrificed.
God spared not His only Son Jesus Christ.

Isaac was to be a burnt offering.
Christ was the Paschal Lamb, and the Scapegoat, taken without the camp and slain with the Sins of His people upon His head.

© Jeff Maxwell 2011-11-17

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