On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
-During Sabbath the last feast day of the year, a day of cleansing, rest & worship, Jesus called the multitudes to salvation that they may receive the Holy Spirit, the well of life. By believing in Him & His word, we receive the Holy Spirit in our hearts; that we may remain fruitful in good works.
-Well in Hebrew is written as beer & it means stream, gush, pit, fountain & spring. It is an excavation created in the ground to expose underground aquifers. It is also a source of water & signifies availability of resources. Wells also signify the word of God or His presence, a place of prayer & submission, where virtuous women dwell. Isaac, Jacob & Moses found their wives by different wells. Isaac’s spouse Rebekah; when asked for drinking water, she was willing to draw some for Abraham’s servant & his ten camels; disregarding the depth of wells & volume of water that camels consume (Gen 24:45-46). She was therefore well submitted to God & kind at heart. As soon as she saw Isaac; she veiled her head, a sign of respect & submission to her husband. Isaac on the other hand was well positioned & in the field, his area of operation or work, focused on his vision & purpose. He was also a hard working man who dug many wells but experienced challenges at first by the Philistines who filled up his wells with soil & hostility from the herdsmen of Gerar. He believed in Gods’ promises & was later successfully when he dug a well without opposition & named it Shebah, where the city of Beersheba was built (Gen 26:31-33). Despite finding virtuous women by the well, Jesus met a Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well; who needed spiritual healing (John 4:6-10). At the time she had five men who were not her legal spouses. He addressed that issue by giving her spiritual water, the Holy Spirit by Whom she would never thirst. He also reconciled the Jews & Gentiles, & took away her sins & sins of the whole world by His death on the cross. By the impartation of the Holy Spirit; who lives in our temples, each person is called to drink from his own cistern & running water from his own well; otherwise wait for marriage in the quest of righteousness (Pro 5:15). In the command to love God & our neighbor as ourselves, our hearts are inclined to God as we place our fervent affections upon Him that we may not be swayed away by the harlot & seductress; who seek to increase the number of unfaithful men among us (Prov 23:26-28).
You are righteousness Oh God our Father, Who was, Who is & Who is to come. We praise Your name on high. We call on You with humility in our hearts to cleanse us from all sins, restore our minds & renew Your steadfast Spirit within us. We face many spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, financial, family & national challenges, may You answer our prayers. May joy & favour remain with us that we never lack any good thing. Amen
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