Lesson 8--Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban
Jacob's well is located at the entrance to the valley between Ebal and Gerizim, south-east of Sychar, also called Shechem. Jacob's well still exists today, and even though after much rain it contains a little water, it is now usually quite dry. We can gain some insight from the location of Jacob's well between Ebal and Gerizim; "And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this LAW very plainly. “You shall therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day. And Moses charged the people the same day, saying, These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people. And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse." (Deuteronomy 27:8, 10-13)
We also know that Jacob's well was in a town called Sychar, also called Shechem. "He arrived at a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the tract of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph." (John 4:5 Amplified Bible)
The word translated as Sychar means drunken. "Jacob's well" is still in Sychar. In Biblical symbolism drunkenness often portrays the religious mentality. The book of the Revelation speaks of this (see Revelation 17:1-2, 5-6).
Indeed, the harlot sitting upon many waters is Babylon, she is religion, man's approach to God based upon performance and she makes men drunk. When you are drunk, you think you are wonderful and charming when you are not. Drunk people think they can do all sorts of things they are not capable of, perhaps that's why most karaoke happens in bars! Drunkenness produces an illusion that all is well and wonderful when it is not. This is what religion produces as we busy ourselves with our programs and activities, an illusion that all is well and wonderful and that we are making a difference when in reality it is not well and wonderful and we are not making a difference. Perhaps that is why the "woman at the well" was still thirsting for something deeper...
We move away from a religious performance based relationship as we gain the understanding that we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for ALL.
We are not sanctified based upon our performance, but rather through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. "Jacob's well" of religious performance is dried up today, you won't find any water there.
Father is not interested in a law-based relationship that is based upon performance, rather He is looking for a body that is prepared for Him, people that simply love Him and delight to do His will. What Father is looking for is someone who will say, I just want to allow You to live through me and do Your will, God!
Hebrews 10:6-7 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
Ps. 40:7b-8 Then I said, "Behold I come; In the scroll of the book it iw written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my Gd, And Your law is within my heart."
"Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the FIRST, that he may establish the SECOND.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:9-10)
As we read the context in Hebrews 10:5
("Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared Me...), verses 9-10 declare plainly that indeed Father is taking away the FIRST- which is sacrifice and offering, a law-based relationship, based upon performance.
He is establishing the SECOND- a body (you and I) that is prepared for Him, people that just love Him and delight to do His will.
Indeed, "Jacob's well" still stands between "Ebal and Gerizim," between blessing and cursing based upon religious performance. This religious mentality goes something like this: "If I do enough good stuff for God, maybe I'll be blessed. But I know that He's really waiting for me to mess up, so He can punish me." The book of Hebrews deals with this mentality;
I like to phrase it as:
RELIGION--TO DO TO BE
TO BE TO DO
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; Heb. 5b
8“Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law