Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Friday, May 3, 2013

Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well (also known as the well of Sychar) is a deep well, hewn of solid rock that has been associated in religious tradition with Jacob. It is situated a short distance from the archaeological site of  the biblical town of Shechem, where we had just visited.

Jacob bought a plot of land from Hanor for "a hundred pieces of silver" (Genesis 33:19), on which he pitched his tent and dug a deep well for himself, his children and his flocks.  Since that time, the well has been known as Jacob's well. Tradition states that it was at this well that Jesus met the Samaritan woman and asked her for water to drink.

The well currently lies within the complex of an Eastern Orthodox monastery.

Jim and Yustinio.   In a country hostile to Christians, he has been stabbed 15 times for his faith.

Jim told us that this priest has done every stain glass work, mosaic, painting and carving in this church.

A water pot from the 1st century

This is Jacob's well.  Of course it would not have looked like this back in Biblical times.  I don't understand the desire of some to "enshrine" these things.

 The well is 180 feet deep.

The prettiest entrance I've ever seen to a W.C.! (for those who don't know what that is - it is a water closet, in other words, a toilet)

In the earlier post, I showed the pictures of these 2 mountains - Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim.  Samaritans were considered a corruption of true Judaism not only because of their mixed bloodline (inter-marriage between the Jewish population and the Assyrians) but because their place of worship was on Mt. Gerizim rather than Jerusalem's temple.  

"A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."  John 4:23-24

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life."  John 4:14

"The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."  Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."  John 4:25-26

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