by Bailey Smith

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Bailey Smith

The Bible offers us incomparable passages of truth that deserve meticulous consideration. But the Bible also contains what appears to be "just a passing word," a phrase which, upon a glance, seems to be only a small portion of something more important.

Such a passing thought, yet with a profound message, is found in John 4:6, "Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour."

Most people probably would not even understand this verse without understanding the history of it. However, there is a special message in this small phrase. "Now Jacob's well was there.

Many of us have probably received more in life by inheritance than we have ever worked for. As we look around and see our freedom, the massive highways, the parks, the protection afforded us by our government, and many other blessings, we realize that we are the inheritors of mighty and wonderful bounties.

It was the same with the children of Israel. The Bible records that they came in and lived in houses they had not built. They gathered from fields they had not planted. They took fruit from trees in orchards they had not planted. Therefore, the children of Israel, going into the Promised Land, became the recipients of houses, fields, and lands they had not labored to receive. They gathered vegetables and goods from a land they had not plowed.

Remember the passage which says, "Now Jacob's well was there . . . . "? When this story was written, Jacob's well had been there 1700 years. The well has now been there almost four thousand years and still supplies water and refreshment to all who come there!

Perhaps in light of the longevity of Jacob's well, there are tremendous lessons about building something solid. The well is still a tribute to Jacob that continues to honor him.

In order to build solid, one may always build on that w ...

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