Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”
“We’re from Harran,” they replied.
He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”
“Yes, we know him,” they answered.
Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”
“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”
“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”
“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”
The part of the passage that I have highlighted in bold caught my eye this morning and held my mind captive to a possible deeper meaning.
I once again want to state that I am not a Bible scholar my any stretch of the imagination. I am a woman who depends upon the Holy Spirit to teach me about the Lord through His Word. I sit and I read the Bible until something just seems to jump off the page at me and then I trust the Holy Spirit to bring life and understanding to the words that have been caught in my thoughts. That is exactly what happened this morning while reading the above passage; the words highlighted leapt off the page at me and I just kept turning those words over and over again until I saw an image of Jesus stepping out of the tomb and I saw the large stone that had been rolled away from the mouth of that tomb. Then I thought, “How amazing that ALL the sheep had to gathered BEFORE the stone could be rolled off of the mouth of well so that the sheep could then be watered. Next I realized that Jesus IS the LIVING WATER.
The day is approaching, my friends, when the Lord will gather all of His sheep together and we will drink of a well so deep, with water so pure that we will never thirst again.
Amen and Amen!