The Wells of
By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
When we ask a member of the old-line church system what is their relationship with God , they usually say, "I am saved", or "I am a son of God." Many say this in one breath, as if these are the same thing.
Many in the church system are told they are saved when they repent of their sins, confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. Romans 10:9. But what the new believer must realize is - - - this is only the first step in their salvation process. [see "Three Fold Salvation" by George Kirkpatrick]
The word saved in Romans 10:9 is the Greek word SOZO and means "to make whole, to heal." But the way that the church system uses this term implies that when you confess Jesus with your mouth you are home free. Many teach once you are saved, there is no way that you can lose your salvation, no matter how you live, act, or think.
The Pentecostals, on the other hand, when asked what their relationship with God is, proclaim we are saved and born again. Again they say this in one breath, as if these two things are the same. We need to look at what the beloved John said about being born again:
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3
When a person is truly born again, they have a vision of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not a physical place called `heaven'. The Kingdom of God comes within us, without observation, Luke 17:20-21. Jesus' revelation to John continues:
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." John 3:5
Only those who are born of water (baptism) and of the Spirit can enter into the Kingdom of God. It is one thing to see the Kingdom, but another thing to enter into the Kingdom. Then Jesus stated:
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit." John 3:6
As long as we are in our flesh condition, we cannot be born again. We must be born into our Spiritual condition. This occurs when we are changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of the eye at the last trump, I Corinthians 15:52. Paul wrote this to the church at Corinth:
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49
We have born the image of the earthy (flesh realm) and we will bear the image of the heavenly (Spiritual realm).
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." I Corinthians 15:50
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. So, as long as we are in the flesh realm, we cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. So, those who claim to be born again are mistaken. There is no one on earth today who is born again. John recorded Jesus' words:
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:7-8
Jesus describes what those who are born again will become. They will become like the wind. We can hear the sound of the wind, but we do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It comes and goes where it listeth (wills). So, those who claim to be born again now, have another lesson coming.
Both the old-line church system and the Pentecostals believe that they have completed God's plan of salvation when they are saved. But what we need to understand is that God's salvation process is three fold: we are saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved. [see "Three Fold Salvation" by George Kirkpatrick]
The word salvation is the Greek word SOTERIA and means "deliverance and preservation." It has a totally different meaning from SOZO (saved). Let's look again at Romans 10:
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:10
When a person truly believes in his heart unto righteousness, then his mouth can confess God's plan of salvation. Many confess they believe, but the Apostle James declares:
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." James 2:19
The devils also believe and tremble because they know their time is short. So believing is not enough. It is not what we believe that counts, but what we become. Salvation is not a one step process. Salvation comes in three steps. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul declares:
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:23.
Man is composed of three parts: spirit, soul, and body, and is a triune creation. When we asked God to save us, at that time our spirit was saved. When God created man, He breathed the Spirit of life into him and he became a living soul. The soul is the innermost part of man and enables him to think, act, and move.
But as man reads God's Word, his thinking and actions begin to change and he starts to move in a new direction. This is an on-going process, and when we have overcome our flesh and fleshly desires; then our soul is saved.
But there is one more part of man, and that is his body. Paul writes, "the body must be preserved." The word preserved means "to rescue, to undergo something." Paul revealed this mystery whereby the body must be changed to be preserved blameless. Paul describes this process as a mystery.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed." I Corinthians 15:51
Paul speaks about a whole generation of God's true church who will be changed into their eternal bodies. This is when this corruptible will put on incorruption, and this mortal will put on immortality. This is when physical death will be swallowed up in victory, I Corinthians 15:53-54. This is when man will shed his earthly existence and become God's Spiritual creation. It will be at this time that we will be born again.
To summarize - - - God's salvation is three fold: spirit, soul, and body. Until this change is accomplished, we are still a flesh creation. Those who claim they are born again and are the sons of God at this time have an awakening coming when the true saints of God sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Matthew recorded Jesus' words:
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:11-12
As Matthew proclaims, God is going to gather His saints from the east and the west, and they will sit down (take their rest) in the Kingdom. But the children of the Kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Many teach these will be cast into hell, but they will not be cast into hell, but into the wrath of God. This will be a time of great weeping, wailing, and gnashing of their teeth when everything they worked for is taken away. God's judgment includes earthquakes, fires, floods, mud slides, volcanoes, and other forms of great devastation. But God has a people He will take through this time - - - a people who will not suffer the loss of all things. These will be protected during God's wrath. The prophet Isaiah spoke of these people:
"And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me." Isaiah 12:1
Isaiah proclaimed, "Though thou wast angry with me. . .". We never think about the Lord being angry, but David the Psalmist declares:
"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry (with the wicked) every day." Psalm 7:11
God judgeth the righteous and God is angry every day. The italicized phrase (with the wicked) is not in the original. What David wrote was, "God judgeth the righteous and is angry everyday." Why is God angry at the righteous every day? It is because they have not grown into maturity. Isaiah continues:
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2
The righteous know this and are not afraid. They know Jehovah is their strength and their song.
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:3
What are the wells of salvation? The wells of salvation contain the water of God's Word. In ancient times a man who owned a well was considered very wealthy. Our father Abraham owned several wells.
After Abraham's death, his son Isaac inherited all Abraham possessed. Abraham had another son, Ishmael; but Ishmael did not receive any part of Abraham's inheritance. Isaac became very wealthy, and as it is recorded in the book of Genesis:
"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." Genesis 26:15
The Philistines have always been the enemy of God and His people. As we look at this Scripture, we find the Philistines filled the wells of Abraham with earth. Looking at the Spiritual significance of this act, we know that earth represents the flesh. It is sad to say, we witness many of God's people filling the wells of salvation in their lives with the things of the flesh and the things of this life.
We know that in the Word, Abraham represents God, the Father and that Isaac represents Jesus, as the Son of the Father. When Jesus came to this life, He showed us how to unstop the wells of salvation so we could partake of His life.
Let's look again at the life of Isaac. Isaac's wife's name was, Rebekah, and they had twin sons, Jacob and Esau.
"And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian." Genesis 25:20
Isaac married Rebekah, the sister of Laban, the Syrian of Padanaram. But Rebekah was barren and could not give Isaac a son.
"And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived." Genesis 25:21
Isaac prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord opened Rebekah's womb, and she conceived:
"And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." Genesis 25:22-23
These two nations struggled in Rebekah's womb. Even before they were born there was a conflict between these two kinds of people. The one would be stronger than the other, but the elder would serve the younger. These two nations of peoples are the two peoples in the earth today. They are the righteous and the wicked. Many times the wicked seem to be stronger than the righteous.
The word stronger means "to be alert, courageous, brave, and to exhibit strength." The wicked may seem strong today with their arrogant attitude toward the righteous, but when God's judgment falls and everything they have depended on is gone, we will discover who has the strength and endurance to stand. The prophet Isaiah declared:
"Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:1
More are the children of the desolate, than the children of the married wife. This is why Jesus declared:
"Fear not , little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." Luke 12:32
The desolate are many, but God still has His little flock. Isaiah continues:
"For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called." Isaiah 54:5
God the Father is the husband of all those who are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Those, who as Isaiah declared have a barren womb, will bring forth, but not after their own selves.
These will break forth into singing and cry aloud. To cry aloud was also translated "to rejoice, shine, and shout." In his letter to the Galatians, Paul quoted this reference from Isaiah:
"For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now, we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now." Galatians 4:27-29
The wicked are still in the process of persecuting the righteous. Rebekah brought forth two types of people. Esau represents the flesh creation, and Jacob represents the Spiritual creation. Today those who remain in the flesh creation are doing their best to eliminate Christ from the conscience of man, but these will mourn, wail, and gnash their teeth when God pours out his judgment upon all flesh. Only those who are born after the Spirit will stand.
As stated before Abraham had many wells, and Isaac re-dug the wells the Philistines had stopped up with earth. As we continue, we discover that Jacob also received his blessing at a well.
As we look at the life of Isaac, we discover that he had grown to a great age, and his eyesight was almost gone. He called for Esau to bring him some savory meat. It was time to pass on the blessing Isaac had received from his father, Abraham. While Esau was gone, Rebekah, the wife of Isaac, and the mother of Esau and Jacob devised a plan to obtain the blessing for her favorite son, Jacob. Esau could not receive the blessing of the first born because he had sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup when he was very hungry. So the blessing of Isaac rightfully belonged to Jacob. Rebekah put her plan into action, and it was successful because Isaac did, indeed, bless Jacob, thinking he was Esau.
When Esau returned and discovered Isaac had blessed Jacob, he was very wroth, and threatened to kill his brother. Because of this Jacob was forced to flee. In order to protect Jacob from Esau's wrath, Isaac and Rebekah sent Jacob to Padanaram, to Rebekah's father's house, to take a wife from the house of Laban, her brother.
To spite his parents decision to send Jacob to Padanaram to obtain a wife, Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael to wife. In the meanwhile Jacob fled for his life.
"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." Genesis 29:1-2
In ancient Israel, the well was the most valuable asset a man owned. Sometimes whole cities were built around a well, and many of these wells were used for thousands of years.
As we look at the Spiritual significance of water and the well, it is easy to see how God uses both terms to show what He expects from us. Solomon, the all wise son, informs us:
"The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked." Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a well of life. It is not so with the wicked. Solomon continues:
"Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly." Proverbs 16:22
A wellspring is an artesian well that flows no matter the circumstance. When Jesus met the woman at the well (by the way, this was Jacob's well), Jesus asked her for a drink.
"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." John 4:10
Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water from Jacob's well. Jesus told her she should have asked Him for the living water. The living water comes from the artesian wells of salvation. Jesus went on to inform 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
If we drink from the wells of salvation, then living water will well up in each of our lives into everlasting life. Jesus spoke again of this living water at the Feast of Tabernacles on the last day of the feast. Jesus informed the people:
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of His belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
This living water will flow from all those who drink from the well of salvation. As we search for the true meaning of the well and the living water, we come to the Spiritual understanding of the water's cleansing power. Paul related to the church at Ephesus:
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it. That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word," Ephesians 5:25-26
As Paul wrote, Christ so loved the church that He gave His life for it, that He might sanctify (set it apart to purify it from the guilt of sin) and cleanse it (to free it from defilement). How is He going to do this? It is by the washing of the water by His Word. His Word is the Bible. The more time we spend in the Bible, the more the cleansing power of God will do its eternal work in each of our lives.
Jacob going to the well in Padanaram is an example to us today. It reveals the condition of the church system. We discover that when Jacob got to the well, there were already three flocks of sheep there. Along with these three flocks of sheep, there were also at least three shepherds. All the sheep were lying by the well, and there was a great stone covering the mouth of the well.
First we discover these sheep were lying down, taking their ease, while the shepherds stood by, allowing their sheep to suffer in the noonday heat. No effort was being made to remove the stone from the mouth of the well by any of the shepherds. The great stone on the well of salvation acts as a veil which conceals the truths the wells of salvation hold. By the Spirit, Paul revealed this veil:
"But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil, untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil is done away in Christ." II Corinthians 3:14
Those who are at ease by the wells of salvation believe that because they are saved, they are home free, and can rest in their false security. As long as the great stone remains on the mouth of the well, then no one can drink of this well. When Jacob got to the well, he spoke to the shepherds:
"And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we." Genesis 29:4
Jacob had come to the city of Haran. Haran was named after the brother of Abraham. Jacob's great-grandfather's name was Terah, and Terah had three sons: Abram, Nahor, and Haran. But Haran died before his father, Terah. Haran was also the father of Lot. Then Jacob asked:
"And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep." Genesis 29:5-6
Rachel's name means "ewe". The ewe is a female sheep. God refers to His people as sheep. The reason for this is because sheep have no defense system. They are not strong, nor are they swift of foot, nor do they have any way to defend themselves. When they are attacked, they simply lie down. Sheep are completely dependant on the shepherd, who defends them from the wolves and other predators. He also leads them to good pasture. Our God is our Good Shepherd, and we must be totally dependant on Him for our defense, and for all our needs.
God's ekklesia (the church) is always referred to in the female gender. So, what are we to see Spiritually with the sheep at the well? When Jacob came to the well, he came to get his bride. When Jesus came to the earth the first time, He, too, came to prepare His bride.
"And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them." Genesis 29:7
Jacob declared it was yet high day, or it was noon time. Jacob declared that high day was not the time for God to gather His sheep. God will gather His sheep in the evening of time, just before the sun sets on this generation. Matthew recorded Jesus' words about this gathering:
"And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:31
What trumpet is Jesus speaking of? He reveals this trumpet to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets." Revelation 10:7
When the seventh angel blows his trumpet, the mystery of God will be finished. Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:" Revelation 10:6
When the seventh angel sounds, time will cease to exist. God will have gathered His saints together to inhabit His eternity. Back at the well where Jacob was talking with the other shepherds, we discover:
"And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep." Genesis 29:8
The sheep could not be watered from the wells of salvation until all the flocks were gathered together and the stone was removed from the mouth of the well. The stone was there because the shepherds refused to remove it. They did not want to dip deep in the water (the Word of God) to prepare the people for what was coming upon the earth.
When Jacob came to the well, all the sheep had not yet come. We discover there were already three flocks there. Three is the number of completeness. So, all the church systems were there, but there was one flock missing.
"And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them." Genesis 29:9
Rachel, who represents the true church was keeping the Father's flock, and these had not yet come to the well. Who do the Father's flock represent? Again, Jesus reveals this flock to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads." Revelation 14:1
The one hundred and forty-four thousand who were on Mount Zion had the Father's name written in their foreheads. These are the ones who were sealed before God would pour out His wrath upon the earth. The fifth angel proclaimed:
"Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel." Revelation 7:3-4
This one hundred and forty-four thousand are made up of God's Spiritual tribes. And these will be sealed with the Father's seal before God's wrath is poured out upon the earth, the sea, and all the trees.
"And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. Genesis 29;10
When Rachel brought the Father's flock, then Jacob rolled the stone from the well's mouth. Any other of the shepherds could have done the same, but they chose to let their flocks thirst for the water of the Word. Instead, they were taking their ease, while their flocks rested in the sun. But Jacob, even though it was high noon, watered the Father's flock.
We know the Day of Preparation is at hand, and those who wait for the sun to go down before they partake of the wells of salvation will discover it is too late. Those who settle back, taking their ease, will need to learn their lessons during the coming wrath.
"And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept." Genesis 29:11
This is how you treat a child. A grown woman would have had a veil over her face. Jacob knew he had found the young lady he would marry, but he wept because he knew it would be many years before he could take her as his wife. By this act of Jacob, we can understand the joy Jesus will have when His bride comes to full maturity and is presented to Him in all her glory, clothed in fine linen, which is the righteousness of the saints.
When Rachel returned to her father's house, Laban her father came to meet Jacob, and took him to his home. Jacob related to Laban all that had happened to him, how his brother sought to kill him, and how he would need this place of refuge. Whereupon, Laban said:
". . . Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? Tell me, what shall thy wages be?" Genesis 29:15
It was Jacob's desire that he would work for Laban.
"And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored." Genesis 29:16-17
These two daughters represent the two church types in the earth today. Rachel was beautiful and well favored, but Leah was tender eyed. The word tender means "weak and timid." This is a characteristic of the old-line church system that has weak and timid eyes - - - or they have no vision. Peter reveals these two types of church systems. First he describes the true church that has come to maturity:
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." II Peter 1:4
To those who come to maturity, God's promises are great and precious. These are those who have escaped the corruption of the world. Peter continues:
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Peter 1:5-8
This is quite a list of things we are to possess in our life. As we look at this list, we see that they are all fruits of the Spirit. And Rachel, even as a young girl possessed all these qualities. In contrast, Leah lacked these things, as does the old-line church system:
"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." II Peter 1:9
Leah and the old-line church system are weak eyed. Having lost their vision, they have forgotten they were purged from their old sin.
"And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter." Genesis 29:18
The number seven is the number of Spiritual perfection. Jacob knew that in seven years Rachel would grow into the perfection he desired in a wife. This pleased Laban, and he agreed with Jacob on these terms. Jacob worked for Laban the agreed seven years. Now, Jacob wanted his wife, whereupon Laban threw a great party.
"And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her." Genesis 29:23
This was an act of deception on Laban's part. Jacob had worked seven years for Rachel. But Laban put Leah in Jacob's tent instead. Of course, Jacob must have partaken too much at Laban's party. That would be the only reason he could not tell the difference between Leah and Rachel. But since he completed the marriage act, he was stuck with Leah.
Deception is the lowest form of lying. But in the world we live in today, lying has become acceptable. Lying even exists in the church today. They always have a cause, real or imagined, to get people to give - - - and lies are told to get people involved.
"And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve with thee for Rachel? Wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?" Genesis 29:25
That must have been quite a shock to Jacob; to sober up and discover he had the wrong wife. Laban was the deceiver. Laban would eventually have to pay the price for his deception, just as all those today who think they will get away with their lies and deception will have to pay the ultimate price for their sin.
"And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn." Genesis 29:26
Laban used the excuse that it was a custom of his country to marry off the firstborn daughter before the younger. If this was true, why was this not explained to Jacob? Laban's word was no good. It is said that when a man's word is no good, then the man is no good. Laban then announced:
"Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years." Genesis 29:27
Knowing Jacob could not return home, Laban took advantage of the situation and forced Jacob to work an additional seven years to obtain what he had already worked for. Because of his desire for Rachel, Jacob consented to this agreement. Upon which Laban gave Rachel to Jacob after he had fulfilled Leah's week.
"And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him (Laban) yet seven other years." Genesis 29:30
Laban gave handmaidens to his two daughters. To Leah, he gave Zilpah and to Rachel, he gave Bilhah. Leah began to give Jacob sons, but Rachel was barren. Leah bare four sons for Jacob: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. Then because Rachel was barren, she gave her handmaiden, Bilhah to Jacob; and she bare Dan and Naphtali. Then Leah gave her handmaiden, Zilpah to Jacob; and she bare Gad and Asher. Leah then bare Issachar and Zebulum for Jacob.
Then God remembered Rachel and opened her womb, and she bare Joseph to Jacob. Joseph's name means "another son." With the birth of Joseph, this made Jacob eleven sons. By the birth of Joseph, Jacob knew he had the promise of another son.
By this time Jacob had worked for Laban for over fourteen years, and his desire was for Laban to let him return to his own country. But Laban did not want to lose Jacob's service. Laban asked Jacob what he wanted, to remain with him. Jacob requested he be permitted to go among Laban's flock and remove all the sheep that did not produce quality wool.
"I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire." Genesis 30:32
The speckled, spotted, and brown sheep wool were not as valuable as those sheep who produced pure, white wool. The speckled, spotted, and brown wool had to be bleached before it was usable. Therefore, it was not as valuable.
Jacob and his sons removed all but the pure, white sheep and goats from Laban's flock, and separated them a three day's journey from Laban's flock. When Laban's ewes brought forth speckled, spotted, and brown lambs, Jacob's flock grew - - - while Laban's flock decreased. God was repaying Laban for his deceitfulness toward Jacob. Because of this, problems began between Laban and Jacob and his sons.
"And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee." Genesis 31:2-3
So Jacob called Rachel and Leah out to the field and told them the words of the Lord, and how Laban's attitude toward him was not good. Whereupon Jacob told Rachel and Leah:
"And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me." Genesis 31:7
Then Jacob shared a dream God had given him, where an angel of the Lord spoke to him, saying:
". . . Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee." Genesis 31:12
Laban had thought to take advantage of Jacob, but it was God who was fighting the battle for Jacob. Rachel and Leah agreed with Jacob that they should leave their father's house.
"Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;" Genesis 31:17
Jacob was heading back to face Esau, and did not bother to tell Laban he was leaving. Jacob had been gone three days before Laban found out about his leaving. Laban overtook Jacob and his daughters in Mount Gilead. Laban was very angry because Jacob had left without telling him. But Jacob had been deceived by Laban for years - - - and once you have been deceived, you never trust that person again - - - and Laban had definitely lost Jacob's trust. So Jacob moved on with his wives, his flocks, and his freedom.
As they journeyed on their return trip, Rachel was heavy with Jacob's twelfth son. When they arrived at the ford of Jabbok, Jacob sent his wives and all that he had to the other side.
"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day." Genesis 32:24
Who was this man that Jacob wrestled with? It was none other than the man, Christ Jesus. In the struggle, the man touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh, and from that day forward Jacob's thigh was out of joint. When the new day was breaking Jacob asked the man, Christ Jesus, to bless him. Whereupon the man inquired of Jacob, "What is thy name?"
"And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Genesis 32:28
Jacob called the place where his name was changed, Peniel - - - which means "the face of God." The name Jacob means "supplanter." Jacob's new name Israel means "prince of God." A prince is the son of a king. Jacob wrestled all night with the man, Christ Jesus at Peniel, but he never saw His face, nor did he know His name. Today, those who have come to their Peniel, not only know His name, but will also see Him face to face, when He makes His tabernacle with men. Every person who is going on in God must have this personal encounter with Christ Jesus at Peniel and overcome their old man nature. Then we, too, can be called the princes of God, and sons of the King.
"And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids." Genesis 33:1
Jacob not only feared for his own life, but for that of his wives and children.
"And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept." Genesis 33:4
Jacob had been gone for over twenty years, and all the old wounds had healed between these two brothers. Forgiveness must be part of our lives, also.
Jacob journeyed from Bethel, and came to Ephrath, where Rachel would deliver Jacob's twelfth son. But her labor was hard:
"And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin." Genesis 35:18
The name Benoni means "son of my sorrow." But the name Benjamin means "son of my right hand." We must become sons of God's right hand. When we do, we become Benjamites. Those who do not become the sons of His right hand will become Benonites, sons of His sorrow. To the Benonites, the great stone remains on the mouth of the wells of salvation. But to the Benjamites, the stone has been removed, and they are digging deep into the well to know the truths of God's Word. These have become the bride that has made herself ready for the bridegroom. Praise the Lord!
"And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath,, which is Bethlehem." Genesis 35:19
So Rachel died and was buried at Bethlehem. Now Jacob had his twelfth son, and these twelve sons became known as the children of Israel. Twelve is the number of government. These twelve sons also became the twelve patriarchs of Israel.
As Abraham represents God the Father, and Isaac represents Jesus, the Son, so Jacob (Israel) represents the Holy Spirit that came on the Day of Pentecost to establish the church.
God has given us the Old Testament to help us know and understand the New Testament. God uses many signs and symbols to relate His will for His people. God used wells in the Old Testament to reveal to us that we need to dig deep into His Word and partake of the wells of salvation so we may enter into His Kingdom age with clean hands and a pure heart. Isaiah declared:
"And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted." Isaiah 12:4
When we partake of the wells of salvation, we are to praise the Lord and call upon His name. Then we are to declare what He is doing in our lives among all the people. Isaiah continues that we are to . . .
"Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee." Isaiah 12:5-6
The name of the Lord is to be exalted among His people. Isaiah informs the inhabitants of Zion to sing, cry out, and shout unto their God. Zion is where God's true church dwells. Zion (or Sion) is the highest place in Jerusalem and where the temple was built. Zion is called `the dwelling place of God'. God is building His temple in His people today and they will become His dwelling place for all eternity. These are those who are drawing deeply into the wells of salvation to become like the Holy One of Israel. Praise the Lord!