by Clarence E. Macartney

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Great Interviews of Jesus (2 of 15)
With a Much-Married Woman
Clarence E. Macartney
John 4:11

Some of the fondest and most stirring recollections of
the Bible gather about its old wells. One of the
earliest wells of which we hear was what we might call
the Well of Providence. Hagar, the handmaiden of
Sarah, driven out into the wilderness by the jealous
anger of her mistress, fell down in despair and
anguish on the face of the desert. But there God spoke
to her and comforted her and showed her a well of

Another favorite well of the Bible is what we might
call the Well of Romance. Traveling from the west,
from Bethel, where he had seen the angels of God
descending and ascending that ladder, the top of which
reached to heaven, the fugitive Jacob came to a well
in far-off Mesopotamia at the very time that the
lovely Rachel came out to water her sheep. When Jacob
saw her, he kissed her and lifted up his voice and
wept. That was the Well of Romance. It is a well that
is still used and, for some reason, never runs dry.

Another unforgettable well of the Bible is the Well of
Bethlehem. During the days when he was a fugitive and
outlaw, pursued by the gloomy and jealous Saul, David
and his men found themselves hiding in a stronghold
near Bethlehem, where David had been born. Lying under
cover there, David began to think of his boyhood days,
of his father and mother and those seven brothers, and
then of the old well out of which he used to draw
water for himself and for his sheep. As he thought of
that well, a feeling of homesickness came over him,
and David longed and said, "Oh, that one would give me
drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is
by the gate!" Immediately some of his gallant
followers hurried over to the well and brought him the
water. But when David received it and realized that it
had been secured at the risk of their lives, he would
not drink it, but poured it out ...

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