Sermon #1377                                           Miscellaneous Notes


          Title:            THE WELL

          Text:            John 4:6

          Reading:      Isaiah 12:1-6, Psalm 46:1-11

          Subject:       Christ The Well of Salvation

          Date:            Sunday Morning – November 7, 1999

          Tape #         V-52b



          Everything written in the Book of God is designed to teach us something about the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the message of this blessed Book. All the laws given to Israel, every aspect of worship under the ceremonial law, all the prophecies, all the events in the history of Israel, everything in the Inspired Volume, by the design of infallible inspiration, points us to Christ.


          Having said that, it is of immense importance that we never just read the Scriptures casually, for mere entertainment, or to fulfil our daily disciplines. We should always seek the spiritual message of every passage we read. I do not mean that we should invent a spiritual message and read it into a text; but we should always seek the spiritual message of the text, understanding that the message of every text is Christ and him crucified.


And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.  (Luke 24:27)


  And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.    Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,    And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:    And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  (Luke 24:44-47)


  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  (John 5:39)


  To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  (Acts 10:43)


          “There is a profound significance to everything in Scripture, even the seemingly unimportant details.”    A.W. Pink


          With these things in mind, I want us to read John 4:7 together. I want to call your attention today to the place where our Lord Jesus met the adulterous Samaritan woman, the place at which grace was bestowed upon her, the place from which she found that living water, which was in her “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”


Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour.  (John 4:6)


          All that transpired between Christ and this poor sinner transpired at the well called, Jacob’s well. Frequently, it is impossible to understand the spiritual, gospel meaning of those events recorded in the Scriptures until we know the place where those events occurred and understand the significance of it. Let me show you what I mean.


1.     The children of Israel were in Egypt when the Lord delivered them by blood and by power. Egypt symbolizes the world of darkness and bondage we were in, under the tyranny of Satan and the terror of the law, when God saved us by his grace.


2.     John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea. That wilderness aptly portrays the emptiness, barrenness, and desolation of religion without Christ.


3.     When our Savior began his public ministry, he went up into the mountain – a place of elevation, to give us the sermon on the mount. That mountain displayed the elevation of his throne and the heavenly nature and source of his doctrine.


4.     When he gave out the parables of his kingdom, he went down to the sea side. In the Scriptures, the sea represents the Gentile world[1].  Thus, he taught that his gospel, his kingdom, and his salvation was for God’s elect throughout all the world, both Jew and Gentile.


5.     In the parable of the good Samaritan, our Savior portrays the poor sinners he came to seek and save as a certain man, who went down from Jerusalem (the place of blessedness and peace, the city of God) to Jericho (the place of curse). That is a picture of man’s fall! He taught us the same thing in the parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal son left his father’s house, ran away into a far country, and brought himself to abject poverty and utter ruin.


I could give many more examples, but these will suffice to demonstrate the need for observing and understanding the meaning of the place where things happen in the Scriptures. Everything written in this Book is written by divine inspiration and is written for a purpose; and that purpose is to teach us the gospel.


Proposition The Lord Jesus came to Jacob’s well, choosing that spot to be the place where he would make himself known to the adulterous Samaritan woman, because he is himself the well of salvation.


          Let’s see if that is not the teaching of Holy Scripture. Turn back to Isaiah 12:3.


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


          In the Old Testament Scriptures, the wells around which so many, many important events took place were typical of our Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that is in him.


          Today, we will look at just a few of those wells; but, remember, those physical, historic wells are insignificant and meaningless to us, until we see how they represent our great Savior, who is THE WELL from which we must draw the waters of salvation and eternal life by faith.


I.                   The Well of Meeting (Gen. 16:6-7, 13-14)


But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid [is] in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.    And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.  (Genesis 16:6-7)


  And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?    Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi[2]; behold, [it is] between Kadesh and Bered.  (Genesis 16:13-14)


          This is the first mention of a well in the Word of God. It is not insignificant.


·        The poor outcast was found at the well.

·        God saw Hagar, met her, and supplied all her need at the well.

·        The only place where God and sinners can ever meet is Christ!

·        The only place at which God can or will look upon sinners in favor is Christ.

·        The only source from which the needs of our souls can be supplied is Christ!


II.                The Well of Revelation (Gen. 21:14-19)


Here again we see Hagar. This time, she has been expelled from the patriarch’s home with her son, Ishmael.


And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.    And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.    And she went, and sat her down over against [him] a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against [him], and lift up her voice, and wept.    And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he [is].    Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.    And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.  (Genesis 21:14-19)


          There are many things worthy of much more attention than I can give them this morning in each of these pictures. I cannot do more, now, than skim the surface. But the thing I want you to see here is that this well was the place of revelation to Hagar.


          Here is a poor, outcast sinner, perishing in a desolate wilderness. She is helplessly weeping before the Lord, not really praying, just weeping! Broken-hearted, desperate, helpless, she waited to die, watching her only child die. But God intervened. – “And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water!”


The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.  (Proverbs 20:12)


  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  (1 John 5:20)


·        If we would be saved, we must know God.

·        God cannot be known by us, except he reveal himself.

·        God reveals himself to sinners in Christ alone.


Look at another well in this same chapter.


III.             The Well of A Covenant (Gen. 21:27-31)


And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.    And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.    And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What [mean] these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?    And he said, For [these] seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.    Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; (THE WELL OF OATH) because there they sware both of them.  (Genesis 21:27-31)


Here we are told about a covenant sealed by n oath, a covenant for good. Does that remind you of anything? It should (Heb. 7:20-22).


And inasmuch as not without an oath [he was made priest]:    (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)    By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.  (Hebrews 7:20-22)


IV.            A Well of Prayer (Gen. 24:10-12)


Here is Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, seeking a bride for Isaac. As he went about his business, he stopped by a well to pray, seeking God’s, direction, God’s will, God’s mercy.


And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master [were] in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.    And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, [even] the time that women go out to draw [water].    And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.  (Genesis 24:10-12)


          Christ, the Well of Salvation, is that One in whom, through whom, and by whom we have access to God. Christ is for us the Well of Prayer, the Place of Prayer.


For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.    Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  (Hebrews 4:15-16)


V.               The Well of Rest (Gen. 29:1-3)


Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.    And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there [were] three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone [was] upon the well's mouth.    And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.  (Genesis 29:1-3)


·        This well was found, not in the wilderness, but in the field. – Green Pastures!

·        Here the flocks lie down and rest.

·        Christ’s shepherds give his sheep water from this well.


Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.    Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.  (Isaiah 40:1-2)


·        Christ s our Rest!

·        He is our well of satisfaction. – O that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem(2 Sam. 23:15).


Turn to Exodus 2, and I will show you another well.


VI.            The Well of Refuge (Ex. 2:15-17)


Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.    Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew [water], and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.    And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.  (Exodus 2:15-17)


          Thank God, there is One to whom sinners can flee for refuge. Our Refuge is that One to whom this well pointed, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.    And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.  (Isaiah 32:1-2)


·        To this well alone we must come, like the daughters of Jethro.

·        The hireling shepherds, those preachers who hate the gospel of the free and sovereign grace of God in Christ, drive sinners away from the well of refuge to a refuge of lies.

·        Yet, even in this dark, dark day, God has his servants who, like Moses, stand up to help thirsting souls, watering the Lord’s flock.


Let me wrap this message up by showing you one more thing. Let’s go back to our text. – John 4:6. I want you to see that this well is…


VII.         Jacob’s Well!


Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour.  (John 4:6)


          The Lord Jesus Christ is Jacob’s Savior. Who is Jacob?


·        A Self-confessed Sinner (1 John 1:9).

·        A Divinely Chosen Sinner (Rom. 9:11-13).

·        A Redeemed Sinner.


Thou hast with [thine] arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.  (Psalms 77:15)


  But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.  (Isaiah 43:1)


·        A Sinner Who Drank from THE WELL.


God help you, now, to draw water, the water of life, out of the Well of Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ.                 AMEN.

[1] Isa. 17:12-13; Ezek. 26:3; Dan. 7:2; Rev. 17:5

[2] Beerlahairoi – The Well of Him that Liveth and Seeth Me.”