Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Christ, the Well of Living Water and the Shepherd of His Sheep; Genesis 29
A well of water was considered a great treasure in those hot eastern countries.
Hence Jesus is often spoken of under that similitude; Isaiah 32:2, John 4:14, 7:37.
[ Verses 3–7 ]
How sweetly is the Lord Jesus represented under the similitude of a shepherd!
And how delightfully is the church represented as His flock; Song of Solomon 1:7.
Rachael's name signifies a sheep.
"And Laban said to him, 'Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.' And he abode with him the space of a month" (Genesis 29:14).
It is profitable to remark, of whom these things were spoken in after ages; our great Kinsman after the flesh; Ephesians 5:30.
"And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her" (Genesis 29:20).
Labours of love are always apparently short and sweet.
But what were the services of the Redeemer for His spouse, the Church, and for whom He travailed in soul; Isaiah 53:11.