Summary: The water in Jacob’s well was good water but it couldn’t satisfy their thirst indefinitely.Many of us are like the Samaritan woman: We go about our daily routines drawing from our own little wells we’re comfortable/familiar with. (Work, play, home, church
Come To The Well Part 2 of 2
July 29, 2012 Chester FBC Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A John 4 (The woman at the well) takes place near an OT city called Shechem (Mentioned over 60x in OT)
1 In the New Testament, Shechem had been abandoned: Sychar was a small village near the ruins of Shecham.
a “Shekem” means “back” or “shoulder”, which probably refers to its location between two mountains (Mt. Ebal to the North & Mt. Gerizim to the South)
b Gen. 12.6-7, first mention in Bible: Where Abraham first entered Canaan & got the promise of God.
6 Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land.7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. Gen 12:6-7 (NASB)
aa Next mention is 11 chapters later (200 years).
bb Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, is camped within sight of the city
18 Now Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and camped before the city. Gen 33:18 (NASB)
c Jacob buys some land near Shechem; where Joseph would be buried
32 Now they buried the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt, at Shechem, in the piece of ground which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of Joseph's sons. Josh 24:32 (NASB)
2 A little over 400 years later God would rescue the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, led in the wilderness for 40 years.
a Near the end of the journey, Moses said once they entered the promised land they were to erect an altar on Mt. Ebal
4 "So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on Mount Ebal, these stones, as I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime. Deut 27:4 (NASB)
and read portions of the law before the people
26 "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:27 the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today;28 and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known. 29 "It shall come about, when the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.30 "Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh? Deut 11:26-30 (NASB)
12 "When you cross the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.13 "For the curse, these shall stand on Mount Ebal: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. Deut 27:12-13 (NASB)
b Years later, renewal ceremoney (Jos 24.1) reaffirming their committment to serve God in the promised land (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses @ Sinia)