So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4:5-7)
Old Well New Water
I enjoy history. Old buildings fascinate men. Recently I was in Camden, SC where they had houses dating from the Revolutionary War. A few years ago a highlight of a trip to New York City was to touch the Statue of Liberty base (could not go in the statue without a reservation) and go in the Empire State building. As a Florida native I have made the required trip to St. Augustine and toured the Castillo de San Marcos built in 1672. Lonnie Fritz and I made a trip to Athens, Greece some years ago and words cannot describe standing on and around so many ancient ruins. Really old things.
Jesus comes to Samaria with His disciples and wearied from the trip sits down on a well while His followers go for food. The discussion with the woman from Samaria is a vivid story of lessons of the true water of life and how many people would believe on the Lord that day. As this discussion is going on my eye turns to the well Jesus is sitting on. This was the land Jacob bought from the children of Hamor and erected an altar to Jehovah God. A well was dug. Jesus is sitting on a well that has been used for more than 1500 years. Now that is an old, old well.
The language used by the Lord to show the woman the living water from the Father is imbedded in the story of the well He sits upon. It is hard to believe a well that water has been used for more than a thousand years. This would seem to be an eternal flow of water. But Jesus unfolds the greatest blessing of finding water that will never bring thirst. The living water is eternal is the literal sense. Jacob’s well would last for many generations but eventually dry up. So like things of this earth. A vapor. But the living water of God will never cease to fill the soul of those who thirst for righteousness. This living well is the abundance of God’s grace dug before time began and opened on the first day of the week when Jesus came forth.
We have come to the end of the week. My prayer is we have used this week for the glory of God. Tomorrow we join together with the saints in praise and worship. Jesus told the woman that worship to the Father is from a spirit of truth and the truth of the Spirit. Drink deeply of the living water today as you fill your souls with the word of God. You will never thirst when you drink of the well of the Lord. And that is a really old well and this is a really great story.