THE WELL OF LIVING WATER
IS the word for source of living water. It can be the source of a flow like a river
It can be a spring and in French that is what a spring is called “La Source”
It can also mean a well as opposed to a tank or a cistern where the water can be collected but not be flowing or living.
That is the word used in the Greek translation for “fountains”
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.
Gods own people. Not the dog Gentiles but the chosen Isrealites! They have made their own cisterns or tanks to collect water instead of taking the fresh water from God. Man made tanks of religious doctrines often replace the freely given water of the holy spirit. It is often mans religion that is dead and toxic that replaces the freedom in Christ.
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Pastors can teach legalism and law and that is all it is without a personal relationship with the Lord of the Bible. They did not know God! Yet the prophecy for the devil.
There is a story of Jesus meeting a woman at a well, a Pege, a source of flowing water. Here Jesus uses the analogy of the well to compare it to what?
Jhn 4:6 NIV
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
Jhn 4:7 NIV
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
Jhn 4:8 NIV
(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
Jhn 4:9 NIV
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
What is this gift Jesus was refering to? What was this “living water” It could not be only H2O.
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
The woman began to see that Jesus was not referring to water literally.
“He would have given you living water: In ancient times they called spring water living water because it seemed alive as it bubbled up from the ground. At first glance, it might seem that Jesus told this woman about a nearby active spring. But Jesus made a play on words with the phrase “living water,” because He meant the spiritual water that quenches spiritual thirst and gives life” David Guzak
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?
The woman was going to help Jesus and thought He was a tired traveler and she was going to be “a good samaritan” Both the Samaritans and the Jews had the common ancestor of Jacob but since then there was a great divide!
“What a mortal feud there was between the Jews and the Samaritans: The Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. The Samaritans were the adversaries of Judah (Ezra 4:1), were upon all occasions mischievous to them. The Jews were extremely malicious against the Samaritans, “looked upon them as having no part in the resurrection, excommunicated and cursed them by the sacred name of God, by the glorious writing of the tables, and by the curse of the upper and lower house of judgment, with this law. That no Israelite eat of any thing that is a Samaritan’s, for it is as if he should eat swine’s flesh.” Matthew Henry
Religion or drinking from poisoned cisterns poisons love and relations. Most wars are approved by religious persons. But Jesus came to give living water not religious rules.
Because men worship in Jerusalem or Shechem God does not care, but people do. Jesus the King of peace came to forgive and give to all men, because all men were created in Gods image. Not certain chosen ones. Because men are Catholic or protestant is no reason to stop dealing with each other and deny human civility!
Many a religious person who has zeal for religion, show that however their religion may be true they are not truly religious; but, pretending to stickle for religion, but deny love! And that is the reason supposedly for religion!
“Jesus Christ is the gift of God, the richest token of God’s love to us, and the richest treasure of all good for us; a gift, not a debt which we could demand from God; not a loan, which he will demand from us again, but a gift, a free gift.” Matthew Henry
- The Spirit of grace is as living water; see ch. 7:38. Under this similitude the blessings of the Messiah had been promised in the Old Testament, Isa. 12:3; 35:7; 44:3; 55:1; Zec. 14:8. The graces of the Spirit, and his comforts, satisfy the thirsting soul, that knows its own nature and necessity.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
The living water was always associated with healing, saving, giving life to the crops and was seen when Jesus came. He healed the lame, deaf and dumb and He still is doing it through the spirit He poured out on us.
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
The holy spirit is like water, living water and is needed to help the crops grow. We are like his crops and need water and sonlight to grow
But He paid the price on the cross so that this Holy spirit is given to all who ask for free!
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
God paid the price by giving the gift of His son and they both gave us the holy spirit on Pentecost.
Lets return to the story recorded in John about the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
The woman did nothing to earn the gift but ask.
Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
This was normal and respectful. Jesus was already pushing the limits of cultural correctness in talking to a woman. Today we may have to push the limits of laws of men like “political correctness” when it needs to be corrected by truth.
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly
This was a witness that Jesus had power, supernatural power of the Holy spirit. HE could tell the details of her mistakes and he knew because Father gave him reveleaded knowledge. It was supernatural and she knew it. Jesus now had her full attention.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”
Perhaps she was evading the question of her sin in her personal life. Perhaps she was learning. But by the power of the holy spirit she was being witness too. Jesus promised that this same source of living water would pour out of all believers also. He promise we could do this and greater works because He lives in us by the this spirit of life. The holy spirit not us, it is this power that convinces the world of their need to come to the Savior. The power of revelation knowledge was bringing her to salvation.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
The hour which Jesus was prophetically talking about was the day of Pentecost recorded by Luke in Acts. Then people could manifest the spirit and only then because it was not available until the hour came. Now it is available to all believer who just ask.
It is not given when we are “holy” enough. It is given to help us to grow holy and we need it to grow. It is the living water and without it our lives remain a desert.
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Even the word “Jews” or Yehudi is from “praise” “Yada” And it was God who chose who he chose to reach the whole world. Salvation came from the race of the Jews because God had chose Mary to be His mother. She was a real decendent of Jacob, Israel and David. Not all Jews today can prove their genetic purity. But that does no longer mean anything. Now all who believe on Jesus the King of the Jews can become Jewish by faith alone.
and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
“Jesus pointed her to a time when worship would no longer be focused on places (neither Jerusalem nor Mount Gerazim). The greater work of Jesus would bring a greater, more spiritual worship.” David Guzak
“One of the greatest announcements ever made by our Lord; and made to one sinful woman.” Dod
““The prophetic ye shall worship, though embracing in its wider sense all mankind, may be taken primarily as foretelling the success of the Gospel in Samaria, Acts 8:1-26.” Alford
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“Spirit and truth” is a way of say worshipping in truly spiritually. Meaning that until the hour come the worship was not really spiritual but only physical representations.
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth: With these words Jesus described the basis for true worship: it is not found in places and trappings, but in spirit and in truth.” David Guzak
Because GOD is Spirit we need the gift of the Spirit to worship in the spirit, that is to walk in the spirit, to live by the living water that pours out of the Living Christ in our belly.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Acts 2:16-17 “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”
This was when the gift of the Spirit was poured out from heaven to all those who believe and need it. Pentecost!
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Wells and sources of living water were used to prophecy the coming of this gift.
They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.
God really is the source, the well, the spring of life from which all good gifts flow. All real pleasure and satisfaction come from His spirit.
So we can say we need His spirit like we need water to survive
As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God!
I thirst for God, for the living God. I say, “When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence?”
Psa 68:26 ESV
“Bless God in the great congregation,
the LORD, O you[fn] who are of Israel’s fountain!”
“So you shall know that I am the LORD your God,
who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.
And Jerusalem shall be holy,
and strangers shall never again pass through it.
“And in that day
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk,
and all the streambeds of Judah
shall flow with water;
and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD
and water the Valley of Shittim.
Many have said this is future, but I see it fulfilled in the past. It was fulfilled when the Gift of the Holy spirit was poured out on Pentecost.
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God[fn] and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh
We now have received the promise of the Father, which is the holy spirit and we now can worship in spiritual truth. This goes way beyond sacrifice of animals or cutting off body parts. These were the best God could ask for until the people of God could receive the gift at the right hour.
Now we are able to worship and give thanks to God by way of the spirit He gave to us
“Different ways of worshipping God may involve lighting candles, burning incense, or praying to certain statues; other forms of worship may vary depending on where one goes. In God’s Word, we read that God seeks for “true worshippers” to worship Him. How can we be true worshippers? As we will see in God’s Word, true worship involves speaking in tongues. We will look at how speaking in tongues is worship to God and some practical keys to speaking in tongues more.”