The well of Jacob vs the well of Jesus

The day is knitting shining robes of seven calming colours. Their shadowy shadows are shuddering the unyielding diurnal dews. The day is also carrying secrets in seconds and soundness in cylinders. Nonetheless, it is a sound and silent day. Juggernauts have thrown themselves into the Colosseum to play with jigsaw between dreams and reality, truth and falsehood, right and wrong, philosophy and foolishness. The gauntlet has been thrown and from a distance, I can hear Julius Caesar say, “The die has been cast”.

My esteemed readers, noble friends, cherished sisters and prized brothers, please, hear me. Loan me your ear fellow sojourners, for I have two pints of points to share. I entreat you to tarry for a minute; at most two and three. It will not be an elephantine walk. We will not re-invent the Great Trek of the Boers.

Let me survey the superb surroundings bequeathed unto us by the Creator. In this regard, I am looking at this mammoth creature of the Creator. It is neither the Mammoth that could not change and become extinct nor the Mammon that led Nebuchadnezzar into the wild. It is the African Elephant! It is not the one in the room. It is not the white elephant that lodges in the wild.

Listen now, please

Elephants relish water, and so do I. Not just for appeasing their thirst, but also for swimming and diving.

Apart from other manoeuvres they employ to survive dry weather, elephants dig wells too!

They delve in rivers and stream beds to tap water that is lying beneath the surface. They often create very large holes by digging with their feet, trunks and tusks, working until they reach an adequate supply of water. If that isn’t ingenuity, then I do not know what we would call it.

When their tongues are adequately moisturized, other animals come to take advantage of whatever is left behind. The elephant is not a selfish animal. It is a gentle giant. Can we be gentle goliaths?

More time, please

American writer Craig D. Lounsbrough has said, “After digging a thousand wells of my own and stumbling upon a thousand others dug by the hands of thirsty men, I have yet to realize that the only well that can satiate every thirst is the one that men will never dig.”

HIS well

I tend to agree with Lounsbrough. We need a well that has been dug not by human beings but by God. It is the only well that can provide living waters. This water will never turn muddy and brown. It will never become green and home to pathogens and toxicants. The enemy cannot sneak from behind and poison it with hemlock. This well is far better than Augustus Caesar’s.

The impressive story in John 4:4 offers the best illustration. Jesus arrives at Jacob’s well sapped and thirsty. He sits down near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

“There comes a time in life when we must rest, relax, take a nap, and re-energize for the next move.”

Jesus was in the land of Samaritans. They were not just half-Jews but pagans too. They grew out of the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim after their deportation in 723 BC into Assyria by Shalmaneser. Jesus is at it again: This time He is showing us that we would score high in judiciousness if we exorcised the demon of prejudice before we are jinxed.

Exorcise the demon of bigotry before it exterminates you

I do not know why Jesus chose the site. But I would think it was emblematic.

Joseph was the beloved son of Jacob. 

Jesus was the beloved Son of God. 

Joseph had dreams of becoming a ruler over his brothers.

Jesus had the vision of establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers for twenty pieces of silver and a goat slaughtered to cover up the evil act. 

Jesus was sold by his disciple into the hands of sinners for thirty pieces of silver and slaughtered like a lamb to cover up our sins.

Later Joseph became the saviour of the brothers who betrayed him.

Jesus at the Cross became the Savior of the whole human race, including those who betrayed Him.

Therefore the presence of Jesus at this place is remarkable.

As Jesus catches a breather, a Samaritan woman approaches to draw water from the well.

He asks for a sip peradventure to cool dry patches of his throat. Why would Jesus’ disciples leave Him alone? There is the likelihood that they would have been a stumbling block between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman had they stayed with Him. Perhaps Jesus then could have rebuked them, ‘Get behind me Satan’.

Jesus’ request for water sparks a dialogue that culminates into repentance, reconciliation, and reverence. A sip from the Living Water turns the Samaritan woman into an evangelist. Jesus hereby teaches the Samaritan that the only well capable of providing water that eternally quenches thirst is the one dug by God, and not by Jacob.

There is no other Well that can quench our thirst other than that of God.

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