In the Gospel of John, as Jesus travels through the region of Samaria we go through, “So he came to a city of Samaria named Sychar, near the area that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s properly was there so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting down beside the well (John 4:5-6 ESV).”
It is listed here, at Jacob’s very well that Jesus encounters a Samaritan female, and as a result of her, gains access to the overall neighborhood. There is significantly in this episode worthy of consideration, but let us just just take a moment to replicate on the perfectly by itself which provided a resting location for the weary savior.
The textual content precisely identifies the nicely as currently being one dug by Jacob. John suggests as substantially, and later in the passage, the Samaritan girl acknowledges the exact same (cf. John 4:12).
Even though Genesis does not mention the digging of the very well, it does notify us that Jacob bought some land in that place. Moses writes, “And Jacob arrived safely to the metropolis of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped right before the town. And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he acquired for a hundred pieces of cash the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent. There he erected an altar and identified as it El-Elohe-Israel (Genesis 33:18-20 ESV).” It is usually assumed that Jacob dug the nicely on the land he bought.
Jacob lived almost 2000 many years before Christ was born, which indicates that the nicely Jesus sat on had been there for rather a even though. No doubt, about the decades it experienced been preserved, cleaned, possibly even embellished, but the primary nicely was the similar as that which Jacob experienced dug in the rock. By way of all that time the well had equipped the requirements of the men and women who lived near it… initial Jacob and his sons, then afterward those people inhabitants of the land, which include the Samaritans of Jesus’ working day.
Jacob, in digging his properly, experienced accomplished a superior career.
One miracles if Jacob, in digging the effectively had stopped to consider the worth of his do the job. Did he visualize the generations of folks above the millennia who would quench their thirsts with the water he played a component in giving? Just one suspects that he was contemplating primarily of performing a great occupation for the applications of the moment. He could not have recognized his well would not only provide drinking water for the region for over two thousand years, but that it would a person day present the savior of the globe a place upon which to sit and relaxation his weary overall body nor could he have known that in that extremely place Jesus would be equipped to present to the Samaritan lady a a lot more cherished consume: an opportunity made achievable by the existence of the properly.
Paul creating to the Corinthian church, observed in one passage, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the expansion (1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV).” Paul planted seeds of faith which other individuals created upon, and in the end, God utilized it for His trigger. One particular might say of Jacob that he dug the effectively, others drew the drinking water, and God used it for the Gospel of His Son.
We under no circumstances know for selected how the issues we do right now will affect many others after. What we should understand while is that they will. We are producing a mark on the environment all-around us, influencing it and shaping it in some way. This can do the job to either the great or the undesirable.
Not everyone leaves the environment a far better position for getting been right here. Some depart at the rear of a legacy of sorrow and brokenness. If we are careless or wicked in the seeds we plant, there’s a unique likelihood of leaving the globe worse. On the other hand, if we dig our wells very carefully, we can go away the earth greater, possessing plant seeds which other individuals will profit from, most likely for numerous yrs after we are long gone. If we serve God faithfully, digging wells in His provider, our operate can carry on to reward many others and open doorways, extended following we have still left this mortal coil. God will get the good that we do and continue on to raise it, year following year, to His glory.
So what sort of wells are we digging? Are we carrying out our most effective to make the planet all over us a better position? Will many others carry on to gain from our influence just after we are long gone? Will our work provide to provide glory to the Kingdom of God and of His Son, now and in the times to arrive?
Jonathan McAnulty is minister of Chapel Hill Church of Christ. Viewpoints expressed in the post are the perform of the writer.