Spring Up O Well
Numbers 21:16-17, “From there they continued on to Be’er, the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”
Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing to it!”
Be’er in Hebrew means well. When Israel was in need of water God always provided. The first well mentioned in Scripture is in Genesis 16:14, in the wilderness, on the way to Shur, where Hagar sat down when fleeing from Sarai. Later it was named Beer-lahai-roi, “The well of Him that lives and sees me”
The second well mentioned is also in connection with Hagar’s history in the wilderness of Beersheba. Genesis 21:19, “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”
Abraham and Isaac and Jacob are also best known for digging a few wells. Beersheba is best known, for it was there that Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech.
Genesis 21:25-31, tells us, “Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized. But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.” So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a treaty. Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?” He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.” So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there. The name seems to be a Hebrew play on words—beʾer “well”; shevaʿ “oath,” or “seven” referring to the seven lambs.
As we see water seems to play a big part in Biblical events. Most of all you can not forget Creation as Genesis 1:1 says this, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
We know that God separated the water to create the dry ground and we also know that man is made of more than half water. Water is life! Yeshua says this in John 4:4-10, “Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Yeshua, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Yeshua said to her, “Will you give Me a drink?” The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Yeshua answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”
John 7:37-39 also tells us this, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive.”
Years ago there was a song that went like this: “I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me, makes the lame to walk and the blind to see, opens prison doors, sets the captives free, I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me. Spring up, O well, within my soul, spring up oh well, and make me whole, spring up, O well, and give to me, That life, abundantly.”
John 4:13-14, Yeshua went on to say, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Life, true life, is in God, and He gives us that life in the Holy Spirit, like a river flowing inside us constantly moving, never stagnant, always fresh and clean, producing even more life abundantly. Today, are you thirsty, thirsty for the Holy Spirit? Is your spirit longing for that life giving water to heal you, and set you free from within? God is the God of abundance, and He will give to those who eagerly desire life, His life, Eternal life. Come and drink from the well of salvation as Isaiah 12: 3 tells us, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Come to God’s well and never thirst again. Maybe that is why God gave us the Holy Spirit fifty days after the crucifixion, so that our joy would be complete in Him, as we drink from the well of salvation, filled with the Holy Spirit, with the life giving water springing up within you. Then you too, will be singing,
“Spring up, O well, within my soul, and give to me, that life abundantly.”