Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 June 2019

The Well is Deep

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”  
(John 4:7-18)

Today’s Morsel: When I was a kid, a lot of folks where we lived had wells to draw their water for drinking, cooking, doing laundry and many other things.  Those wells were deep.  In Jesus discussion with the Samaritan woman, Jesus offers her living water versus natural water.  Her comment was really, 'Mister, You are asking me for a drink, and You don’t even have anything to draw water with, and the well is deep. How are You going to give me water?'  What she failed to realize was that Jesus was not speaking of natural water, but spiritual water; the Holy Ghost.  John states, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 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.)” (John 7:37-39)  Jesus doesn't want you to keep thirsting for things that won't satisfy.  He wants you to be content and full of joy.  The well is only deep when we don’t understand.  But when there is understanding, we understand that He is the River of Life.  And we can draw freely from His never-ending well.  

Sing:  I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.  It opens prison doors set the captives free.  I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.
Spring up, O’ well, within my soul.  Spring up, O’ well, and make me whole.  Spring up, O' well, and give to me, new life abundantly.

Thought For Today: Jesus is the Spring of life


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