A well of water

What was symbolized with a well of water?

Abraham’s servant was sent with a task to find a wife for Isaac, son of Abraham. And he met Rebekah, the eventual wife of Isaac, when Rebekah was near a spring of water, filling her jar with water (Gen 24.1-21).

Jacob ran from Esau and went to ‘the land of the people of the east.’ As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. So, perhaps they were the property of his kin, since Abraham Brothers Pte Ltd were shepherds. And indeed the shepherds of the flocks were of Haran, Abraham’s brother. Even better, they knew Laban, Nahor’s grandchildren (Nahor was another brother of Abraham). And came Rachel, Laban’s daughter, with her father’s sheep. She came to watered his father’s flock. Jacob met Rachel, fell in love with her (had Jacob listened too much to his father’s story and wanted himself to emulate the story?), and later married her (Gen 29.1-11).

Moses killed an Egyptian, ran from Egypt to the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well. The priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. To cut the story short, Moses would marry Zipporah, one of the daughters of the priest (Exo 2.11-21).

Yea, and Jesus once met a woman by a well as well (Joh 4).


4 thoughts on “A well of water

  1. yosua

    interesting.. so, well symbolizes the most famous landmark in ancient Israel? like MRT in Singapore? (try to ignore the woman part XD)

        1. septian Post author

          to think about it, perhaps spring water symbolized life and hence meeting a woman who gives you the water from the well means she would be the one who support your life etc.

          interestingly, of course, Jesus counter-proposed (pun intended) the Samaritan woman; that he was the one who could give the water of life..

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