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The Word of God is full of examples of how we should live and walk before God. In the beginning God governed His people through patriarchs, or heads of families. The three main patriarchs in the Bible are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Abraham is called the Father of Faith. Abraham represents God, the Father. Isaac is called the Son of promise. Isaac represents Jesus, the Promised Son. Jacob represents the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jacob's name means "supplanter"; or the one who takes the place of another. Jesus stated, "When the Spirit of Truth is come, He will testify (be a witness) of Me." When the Holy Spirit came, He came to finish the work that Jesus began in our lives. The Holy Spirit is called the Second Comforter, John 14:16.
Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age. Abraham was one hundred and Sarah was ninety. Sarah lived to be one hundred and twenty seven years old. Isaac was thirty-seven at the time of his mother's death.
After Sarah died, Abraham determined it was time to take a wife for Isaac. Isaac was very grieved because of his mother's death. Abraham sent his most trusted servant to Haran, to his brother Nahor's house, to take a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham had put all his wealth in his servant's hands.
"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." Genesis 24:10
God directed Abraham's servant to choose Rebekah for Isaac. Rebekah willingly left her family and returned to become Isaac's wife. Isaac dwelt in the south country west of Kadesh, by the Well Lahairoi, Genesis 25:11. The word Kadesh means "a place of separation." The word Lahairoi means "the well of the living, seeing one," or "the well of the vision of life."
A well in the desert country of Palestine was the sign of wealth. It was also the sign of independence. Wells were dug by hand, and it took much time and much hard labour. Today, if someone has need of a well, they call out the well driller and they drill down through the earth until they hit water. The well is then cased with steel casing.
In Abraham's day the wells were dug by hand through solid limestone. Some times steps were carved in the limestone and the people went into the well with their containers and carried the water out. Other wells used ropes and buckets, or water skins to draw out the water. Some had water wheels where pitchers were attached to a rope that went down into the water and came up full of water.
A low wall was built around the mouth of the well. This kept animals and people from falling into the well. Those who owned wells sold their water, or bartered with those who used the well. Wells were most important to the herdsmen in Palestine. Without wells, the herds could not exist. Because of this, those who owned the wells generally became very important, wealthy men in the land.
Those who owned wells could maintain larger flocks of sheep. Sheep were also a sign of wealth. Abraham was very wealthy and he passed his wealth to Isaac. Wells are always a sign of life. Oases are planted around wells in the desert. These areas of green are always a contrast to the desolate desert around them.
Isaac dwelt by the Well Lahairoi, or the Well of the Vision of Life in the place of separation. As we view the typology of the Well Lahairoi, it is easy to relate it to the Word of God. The Bible is the vision of life and those who have separated themselves unto the Word and apply the Word to their lives become the Word as Jesus became the Word. The book of John records,
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." I John 5:7
The Word is the Promised Son. Jesus became the Word; Jesus became the Vision of Life. Solomon wrote,
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Even those who are called by His name sometimes have no vision. If they are not drinking of the Well Lahairoi, the vision of life, they are perishing because they are not being nourished from the water of the well of life. They are not separated unto God's purpose for their lives.
A famine came upon the land,
"And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar." Genesis 26:1 God brought a famine upon the land. This same famine is in the land today. The prophet Amos prophesied this famine, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11-12
There is a famine of the Word in the land. The Well Lahairoi, in the place of separation, has dried up.
There is no vision of life taught anymore; only the message of dying and going to heaven. Jesus stated that the overcoming message of life has gone out of the church system. Jesus, the Word of God, came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Isaac went into the land of the Philistines unto Abimelech. The Philistines represent the flesh. The flesh is always the enemy of God. The word Philistine means "wallowing." The Philistines are those who are still wallowing in the dust of the earth (flesh). They refuse to come to the vision of the water of life.
The word Abimelech means "my father is king." Abimelech is a title, not a man's name. Abimelech was king of those who are still wallowing around in their earthly, fleshly existence. This is a picture of the religious church system today who have made flesh their king; those who have not separated themselves unto the vision of life.
God told Isaac to stay in Gerar and not go down into Egypt. Egypt represents the world in our lives. Isaac was obedient to God's voice and dwelt in Gerar.
"Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him." Genesis 26:12
God prospered Isaac in everything he did. Isaac became very great in the land of the Philistines.
"For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him." Genesis 26:14
God had greatly blessed Isaac because of his obedience. And because of this the Philistines not only envied him, but they feared Him. Those who are still wallowing around in the fleshly existence of their Philistine church order are envious of those who have come into God's realm of blessing because of their obedience to the Father's voice.
". . . Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us: for thou art much mightier than we.
And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there." Genesis 26:16-17
Gerar is the land Abraham had dwelt in after he left Mamre, Genesis 20:1. While in Gerar, Abraham dug wells to water his flocks. When Isaac came to this land, the wells were filled with earth.
". . . 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." Genesis 26:15
"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." Genesis 26:18
The Philistines had filled Abraham's wells with earth. The earth represents the flesh. Wells represent the life-giving Word of God. The Philistine church has filled the anointed, life-giving Word of God with their fleshly, carnal teachings which only impart knowledge. And the people are perishing because they have been robbed of their vision of life. Isaiah the prophet spoke of these people in the church system.
". . . this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses; they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil and none saith, Restore." Isaiah 42:22
The Philistine church system has snared God's people into their traps. None are proclaiming the message of Restoration. God's people are crying out for deliverance. Many are desiring to walk and talk again with God in the cool of the day. God is going to deliver His people from these prison houses and give them the waters from the well of the vision of life. Isaiah wrote,
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:3
Isaac dwelt in the valley of Gerar. The valley is the place of refreshment. The word Gerar means "to drag away and ruminate." The word ruminate means "to chew over and over." God is calling His people to come out of the Philistine church system to a place of refreshment and begin to drink of the water of the vision of life. These who have come out of the Philistine order are beginning to chew the Word of God over and over to overcome all the earth the Philistines have put in their Well of Salvation.
Isaac began to dig again the wells of his father, Abraham. As Isaac dug these wells again, he called them what his father, Abraham, had named them. The first well Isaac uncovered was the Well Esek.
"And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him." Genesis 26:19-20
The word ESEK means "strife and contention." It was the herdsmen that strove together. The herdsmen are the shepherds. The shepherds of the Philistine church orders are striving together. They strive and are contentious about their doctrines, creeds, and man-made doctrines.
They cry out, "The water is ours." Those who have gone to seminaries believe they are the only ones who can teach the Word. When someone questions their carnal and fleshly teaching, this brings strife and contention. Paul also spoke of these pastors who bring strife and contention into the body when they preach the Word.
"Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds." Philippians 1:15-16
The messages these pastors preach cause envy, strife, and contention; not sincerely. The word sincerely means "chaste, clean, or pure." These messages are self-serving and do not promote life in those who hear them. These bring condemnation and belittle the hearer instead of being uplifting and promoting goodwill among the flock. The flock is never good enough to suit the pastor. These pastors are drinking from the Well Esek. They blame others for their failures or lack of success in bringing the flock they have been allowed to oversee, into a oneness in Christ. The Philistine church system is full of strife, contention and division. The prophet Ezekiel prophesied of these pastors.
"Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? And as for My flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet." Ezekiel 34:18-19
Those whom God has allowed to drink of the deep waters and partake of the good pastures refuse to allow the flock to partake of the good pasture and the deep water. They have trodden down the good pasture and have fouled the water the flock is given to drink. It is not the pure, unadulterated Word of God they have partaken of. The Philistine church systems have filled the well of the vision of life with flesh, and because of this, the Word of God has been fouled with the precepts and doctrines of men. Isaac did not strive nor contend for this well. Instead, he moved on and uncovered another of his father's wells.
"And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. Genesis 26:21
The word Sitnah means "hostility and accusation." This is the next well of the Philistine church system. Again the herdsmen strove with Isaac at this well. When the flock begins to question why the Well of Salvation and the Well of the Vision of Life, the Word of God, has been fouled, the Philistine system becomes hostile and brings forth accusations.
When Jesus spoke, He spoke the Words of the Father. When the religious system sent the temple guards to arrest Jesus, they came back without Him. When asked why they did not bring Him back, they replied, "Never man spake like this man." John 7:46
The religious systems do not understand, nor do they want to hear the anointed Word of the Father. It interferes with their religious ideas. When Jesus spoke, their desire was to kill Him.
"Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?" John 7:19
Jesus asked them, "Did not Moses give you the law?" The law states, "Thou shalt not kill." The word of the Father to the Jews was, "None of you keep the law." Jesus asked, "Why do you go about desiring to kill me?"
"The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?" John 7:20
The words of the Father moved them to hostility and accusation. The Jews were drinking from the Well of Sitnah. The Words of the Father always provoke hostility and accusations from those who are drinking from the Well of Sitnah.
Peter was jailed because of the Word. Paul spent much time in prison because of the Word. John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos because of the anointed Word God had given him to speak. Today, the Philistine church system has stopped up the Well of Salvation with the message that tickles the ears and pleases the flesh. They get very hostile and bring accusations to those who are speaking the anointed Word of the Father. They will not allow it in their midst. Paul spoke of the time we live in today:
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." II Timothy 4:3
Those who will not endure sound doctrine will only listen to those who satisfy their lustful hearts. They will only listen to the teachers who tickle their ears. Those who refuse to tickle their ears are cast from their midst. Jesus spoke of this day,
"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." Luke 6:22-23
Jesus stated we will be blessed in the day that separation comes from those who cast our name out as evil. This separation comes because we have taken our stand for the Word of Life. Those who are partaking of the Well of Sitnah will bring their accusation and act in a hostile manner toward us. When they do not want us around, we should rejoice and jump for joy! Those who are drinking from the Well of Sitnah did the same to our fathers and the prophets. The Bible is full of the persecutions at the hands of those who drink from the Well of Sitnah.
Isaac did not remain at the Well of Sitnah. He moved on, trusting that the Lord would provide a well without contention and strife.
"And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land." Genesis 26:22
Isaac dug again the Well of Rehoboth. The word Rehoboth means "broad place." After we are removed from the restrictive life of the Philistine Church System, God begins to move us into the broad place. Jesus stated to His followers:
"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:14
The word strait means "narrow, or narrowing." Our walk in God begins to narrow. Luke recorded this segment of Jesus' Words:
"Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Luke 13:24
Luke stated we are to strive. The word strive is the Greek word AGONIZOMAI and means "to strive, fight, and labor fervently." We need to agonize to enter in. Jesus stated that few would enter in at the strait gate. Many will seek to enter in and not be able. We may ask why this should be. This is certainly not the message in the church today. Most teach "Get saved and baptized", and that this gives you an unlimited passport into all the goodness of God. No change is required and certainly no suffering. If we are to enter in at the strait gate that leads to life, then we must agonize, fight, and labor fervently. Matthew recorded Jesus' Words:
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12
The word violent means "the strong." Those who are strong in the Word and Spirit will enter in because they are striving, agonizing, and laboring fervently to enter in. Luke recorded Jesus' words:
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." Luke 16:16
The word presseth means "to be forceful;" not that we can agonize and labor fervently to force or pressure God. But we need to strive to enter in at the strait gate. After we enter the strait gate, where does it lead? It leads into the fullness of God, into the broad places where there is no lack, no restrictions, and no man-made order. We enter in because we have heard and become obedient to the Father's voice. The limitation of disobedience and non-commitment has been removed. In the broad places we have the freedom that God has wrought for His people. Paul came into this place:
"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." I Corinthians 6:12 & 10:23
Paul came to a place in God where all things were lawful unto him, but as Paul stated, all things were not expedient to accomplish the work the Lord had given him to do. Nor were all things edifying to the life of Christ that Paul was living. Paul stated he would not be brought under the power of any, or give himself to any. Paul would not be brought under the control of any man-made religious order. Many times the Jews tried to hinder Paul's ministry by trying to bring the Gentile converts back under their law. James spoke of the liberty we have in Christ when we enter in at the strait gate.
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25
Those who have entered into this perfect law of liberty at the Well of Rehoboth are the "doers" of the Word. They are not the forgetful hearers who look into the mirror of life, and when they turn away, forget the kind of person they really are without Christ in their lives.
When Isaac finished the Well at Rehoboth he stated, "The Lord hath made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land." God has made room in His kingdom for those who have the fruit of the Spirit working in their lives. God has His few who will enter in at the strait gate and drink at the Well Rehoboth in the broad places in Him.
Isaac would dig one more well. Isaac went up from thence to Beer-sheba, Genesis 26:23. The directions in the Bible reveal our going toward or away from God. Up always means the people are moving toward God; down reveals the people going away from God. Isaac went up to Beer-sheba. After Isaac had come into the broad places in God, he then went up to Beer-sheba.
"And the Lord appeared unto him the same night and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well." Genesis 26:24-25
The Hebrew word Beer means "a well." The Hebrew word Sheba means "an oath, vow, or covenant." Beer-Sheba, then, means "the well of the oath, vow, or covenant." Beer-Sheba is where we enter into a covenant relationship with the Son. Isaac built an altar there. The altar represents our worship of God. Isaac had entered into a covenant relationship with God. He began to worship God upon the altar of his life. When Isaac built the altar, then Abimelech came with one of his friends and the captain of his army. Abimelech had sent Isaac away out of Gerar because Isaac had become so great and powerful that Abimelech counted him as an enemy and a threat to his kingship.
"And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; That thou will do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord." Genesis 26:28-29
Abimelech, the king of those who are still wallowing in the flesh, came to Isaac to seek peace and to make an agreement that Isaac would do them no harm. When Abimelech witnessed the power of God working in Isaac's life, they wanted to make peace with him. When we come into that covenant relationship with God and we build our altar of worship in our lives, then those who are serving the king of flesh are going to recognize the power of God in our lives. Solomon wrote in the book of Proverbs:
"When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." Proverbs 16:7
When we come into the broad place in God and begin to drink from the Well of the Oath or Covenant that God has made with His people, we will be pleasing in His sight. He will even cause our enemies to be at peace with us. The prophet Isaiah wrote:
"The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah 60:14
The sons of them that afflict us, not the people who afflict us, but their sons; God will have dealt with the ones who have afflicted us in his wrath. God has warned:
". . .Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm." Psalm 105:15
And again He stated,
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:31
The sons of those who have afflicted God's anointed will fall into the hands of the living God, and they will bow to the soles of our feet and cry that we are the city of our God, the Zion, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah was speaking of those who have entered at the strait gate and into the everlasting covenant relationship with their God. Abimelech is our example of those who do not drink at the Well of Beer-Sheba. They will want peace with those who know their God.
Those who have entered into this place in God have one more well they must drink from. Jesus spoke of this well when He ministered to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Jacob was the supplanter, the one who took the place of another. Jacob's Well is a picture of the Well of the Spirit of Life. Paul wrote,
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2
The law is something that regulates our lives. When the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is regulating our lives, we are set free from the letter of the law, which is the law of sin and death. In Jesus, we have forgiveness of sin. In Christ Jesus, we have newness of life.
Jesus came to Samaria. Samaria was the capital of the ten northern tribes at the time Israel was divided following the death of Solomon. Samaria belonged to the tribe of Ephraim after Assyria defeated Hoshea, King of Israel, in 721 B.C. The ten northern tribes were dispersed throughout all the earth.
"And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof." II Kings 17:24
Samaria was filled with the heathen nations. These mixed with the remnant of the Israelites, and the Israelites were no longer called Israelites, but Samaritans. This is why the Jews hated the Samaritans and had no dealings with them. They felt they were a defiled people.
Jacob's Well is about two miles southeast of Shechem. Jacob had purchased this land from the sons of Heth when he returned from Laban after spending many years in the land of Haran. Jacob had fled to Haran after he had deceived Isaac into blessing him instead of his brother, Esau. Jacob's well is located in a valley between two mountains; Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. It was here that Abraham built his first altar when he came into the promised land. Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim are the mounts of blessing and cursing. Israel was instructed by Moses when they entered the land:
"These shall stand upon Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: And these shall stand upon Mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali." Deuteronomy 27:12-13
Israel was instructed, when they came to possess their land, half the people were to stand on Mount Gerizim and read the blessings that God had promised them in the law; and half the people were to stand on Mount Ebal and read the cursings that would come upon them if they disobeyed God's commandments and laws. Jacob dug his well between these two mountains.
When Jesus came to Samaria, He came to Jacob's well, and being wearied He sat down on the curbing that was around the well, John 4:6. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. John 4:7
"Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?" John 4:9-11
This woman has always been portrayed as some loose, immoral, unchaste woman that went from bed to bed. We need to begin to see her through Spiritual eyes; a woman who had a need in her life, and that need was the everlasting water of life. What she needed was the Holy Spirit anointing welling up in her life to bring her into the knowledge of the truth that can only come through the anointing. Jesus proclaimed, "The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are life." John 6:63
We need to see this woman through Spiritual eyes. She is a picture of the Philistine church system that is in the earth today. When the apostle Paul began to preach the Word, he went into the synagogue to preach unto the Jews. Paul went into every city to proclaim the gospel of salvation unto the Jews. But the Jews rejected the Word.
"Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles." Acts 13:46
Paul turned to the Gentiles, whom the Jews considered heathen. As Samaria was filled with the heathen nations, so the church has been filled with the heathen nations, the Gentiles, who have come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The Samaritan woman is a picture of the church system that is in the earth today, to whom Jesus is offering the living water through the Holy Spirit anointing.
When Jesus offered the Samaritan woman the living water, she stated, "The well is deep, and you have nothing to draw with. How are you going to give me this water?" The Samaritan woman could only understand carnal things. She had no Spiritual perception of what Jesus was speaking. It is the same today, because there is no anointing upon the Word the church system is teaching. They only have a carnal, fleshly understanding of the Word of life. They have nothing to draw out the deep Word with. Paul proclaimed,
"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:26-27
The mystery that has been hid from the Gentiles (aliens from God) is Christ in us; that is our hope of glory. This is what Jesus was offering to the woman at the well. And that is what He is offering to the church today, if they will only receive it. Jesus revealed to her,
"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
The woman's reply was,
"Sir, give me this water that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." John 4:15
Jesus' words were Spiritual, but her understanding was carnal. All she could understand was not needing to come in the heat of the day to satisfy her thirst for physical water. This is where the church is today. They desire to live in ease, not fervently seeking after God and the things of God that will quench their Spiritual thirst. They settle back on their lees and proclaim, "I will take what ever God has to offer as long as it does not cost me anything, and I don't have to expend any labor to receive it."
Jesus told this woman to call her husband to come hither, John 4:16. The word husband has the meaning of "provider or protector." When Jesus told this woman to call her provider and protector, her answer was:
". . . I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly." John 4:17-18
Jesus told her she had had five providers and protectors, but she had rejected these five, and the one she now had was not providing for, nor protecting her. We need to Spiritually understand who these five husbands the woman (the church system) has rejected are. Paul spoke of the five husbands (providers and protectors) God has given to the church.
"Wherefore He saith, When he ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Ephesians 4:8
When Jesus ascended up on high He gave gifts unto men,
"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." Ephesians 4:11
The five fold ministry are the five husbands (providers and protectors) the church has rejected. And the one the church has chosen to put their dependance on now is not her husband. The church has settled for a religious order that scratches their religious itch, but does nothing to produce life. Paul revealed why God gave these five husbands to the church.
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" Ephesians 4:12-14
God has given the church the five fold ministry for the perfecting of the saints until they come into the unity of the faith, unto the perfect man who is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Unfortunately the church has been carried about with every wind of doctrine, tossed to and fro by the cunning craftiness of men who deceive God's people. Many pastors arrogantly stand in their own exalted position behind the pulpit teaching man-made denominational doctrines instead of growing a people up into unity. Jeremiah spoke of those who have rejected the fountain of life.
"For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
God's people are trying to quench their thirst for God by drinking from man's broken cisterns that can hold no water. They have refused the fountain of living water. Jeremiah states this is their first evil. Their second evil is that they have made their own cisterns that hold none of the living water of life.
Jesus is sitting at Jacob's Well offering the church to drink of this living water, but the church has rejected the five husbands God has given unto the church. Instead they depend on the one they have chosen, who does not provide for, nor protect them. The church (woman)is not reproducing life. All she can bring forth is illegitimate children because she has no husband. The woman said to Jesus:
". . . Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet." John 4:19
Jesus was speaking the prophetic Word to her, and she recognized it. Her words to Jesus were:
"Our fathers worshipped in this mountain: and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." John 4:20
This woman spoke of the two church systems that are in the earth today. The Samaritans worshipped their lifeless religion in Mount Gerizim. This was the seat of Jeroboam's religious system. The Jews were still worshiping their form religion in Jerusalem.
After Solomon's death, ten tribes were given to Jeroboam and two tribes were left with Rehoboam, Solomon's son. In these two men's names we have these two church systems. The name Rehoboam means "enlarger of the people." The name Jeroboam means "increaser of the people." All Jeroboam, the religious system, wants is more people, more buildings, and more glory for themselves. The Rehoboam system is the enlarger of the people. They desire that God's people grow up into the head, which is Christ.
This woman was part of the Jeroboam religious system, but was desiring the living water. Jesus reply to her was:
" . . .woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what." John 4:21-22a
Jesus' prophetic Word to this woman was, "Ye worship ye know not what!"
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." John 4:23
This is the hour in which we live. The Father desires us to come away from form religion, and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Truth is the Holy Spirit of Truth that will lead us into all the Truth of God. That is why God gave us the five providers and protectors in our lives; to perfect the saints till we all come into the unity of the faith. The work of the ministry is to edify the Body of Christ. The only way this can happen is to come to the knowledge of the Son of man and follow the example He left us. Then His Body can come into that perfect man that Christ Jesus will set His headship on. This is when we will cease to be children that are blown about by every wind of doctrine which is put forth by cunning men who lie in wait to deceive. Jesus told the woman at the well,
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." John 4:24
Those who drink of the well of living water will never thirst again for the things of the old religious order. They will be nourished by the fountain of life that is springing up in their innermost being. The things of this world will have passed away and they can proclaim as Paul:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Paul was crucified with Christ and the life that Paul lived was the life of Christ being lived through Him. Christ had become His whole being, and that well of living water was springing up in Him, producing life in everything that it touched. Paul desired this for all the churches at Galatia. He wrote to them:
"My little children of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ (the Holy Spirit) be formed in you." Galatians 4:19
Paul desired this well of living water to be in every one that He ministered to. Jesus, sitting at the well, offers this living water to the religious church system today if they will repent of their ways. Much of the church system today has a harlot's heart and a whore's forehead. They go awhoring after every wind of doctrine. They have made gods out of the buildings, their religious order, and the men who are set over them. They desire all the things of the world and refuse to be separated from all their fleshly idols to come to God with a pure heart to drink of the water of life.
When the woman at the well met the True Messiah, she left her water pots, John 4:28; those broken cisterns she had been drinking from; and went into the city. She began to witness of this new found revelation in her life, proclaiming,
"Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" John 4:29
Is not this the Christ, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in our lives? He told the church all the things they ever did. Jesus revealed to her the time she had walked with His five providers which He had set in the church to bring it into perfection. But she had divorced these five husbands and had settled for a pseudo religious system. Then the church sought Jesus to tarry with them,
"So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days." John 4:40
Peter revealed to us that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day. Jesus has offered this living water to His church for two days. These two days are about over. We are about to the end of the age. God has given us His Word that we may know the way. He has given us the Wells of Abraham. We can choose which well we will drink from:
We can choose the Well Esek, where the herdsmen, the shepherds, are striving together.
Or, we can drink at the Well Sitnah where there is envy, strife and contention, not in sincerity.
Or, we can move on to the Well Rehoboth where we enter into the broad place with God and can be made free from the law of sin and death, into the perfect law of liberty. Some are willing to settle here. They believe they have arrived.
But there is another well we need to drink from and that is the well at Beer-Sheba where we enter into a covenant relationship with our God. This covenant relationship brings us into a knowing relationship with Him.
Jacob's well is where we receive the promise of eternal life. This is the well that will spring up in us unto everlasting life. When we have this well of springing water in us, then we can return to our place of beginning.
That is the Well Lahairoi, the Well of the Vision of Life for the church.
The Son desires to get the earth (flesh) out of the wells of his father. Jesus told the Samaritan woman that if she drank of the natural water, she would thirst again, but if she partook of the Spiritual water Jesus was offering to her, she would never thirst again. The Spiritual water ministered by the Spirit of Truth will quench our thirst for God. This Spiritual thirst is resident in every one of God's created beings. We can choose the well we desire to drink from. But God's desire is that we dwell by the Well at Lahairoi, the Well of the Vision of Life, where the water of everlasting life is springing up. We need to draw deep from the water of the Word of Life.
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