You are a [rock] garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. (Song of Solomon 4:12)
You are a fountain [springing up] in a garden, a well of living waters, and flowing streams from Lebanon. (Song of Solomon 4:15)
This beautiful picture of the bride of Christ, again, has me thinking about the 'well', the 'well of living waters'. The bride is a rock garden enclosed. This brings to mind the images from a previous article 'Sing to the Well'. Singing (or speaking) to the well (Numbers 21:16-18) was linked with striking the rock in order for abundant waters to flow. Christ is this Spiritual Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4). The Rock and those who believe in Him have a well of living water that flows forth (John 4:14, 7:38-39).
The bride is a sealed fountain. In biblical times wells were sealed to both keep out dust and dirt and to declare ownership (Genesis 29:3). Similarly God has reserved us for His very own and protects us with the seal of the Holy Spirit.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Looking at Genesis 29, we discover that at this sealed well, Jacob meets his bride, Rachel. This really grabbed my attention because Jacob is a type of Christ and Rachel is a type of the bride of Christ. Rachel was coming to the well to draw water (Genesis 29:6). Looking at the cross references, Moses also met his bride Zipporah at a well, she also came to water her flock (Exodus 2:15-21).
Now my interest was really piqued. Several months ago, I was at a local church earnestly seeking the Lord on where to worship. What I was really questioning was if this was the right place for me. The sermon that night was on Isaac and Rebekah from genesis 24 - finding a bride for Isaac. Abraham's servant is sent to Abraham's native land to find a bride for Isaac. The servant arrives at a well outside this town towards evening, the time the women go out to draw water (Genesis 24:11)! The servant then prays this prayer:
Then he prayed, O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a girl, Please let down your jar that I may have a drink, and she says, Drink, and I'll water your camels too-let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master. (Genesis 24:12-14)
Rebekah appears as an answer to this prayer even before the servant finishes praying (Genesis 24:15). She gives the servant a drink and waters the camels too (Genesis 24:19). In Rebekah we can see the following qualities of the Bride: She is from the 'family' (Genesis 24:48) She is a 'virgin' (Genesis 24:16) She is able to draw water from the well and water 'the flock' (Genesis 24:19)
The Holy Spirit seemed to be telling me that this also is the way I would recognize the bride of Christ. The place of worship I was seeking would be able to draw living water from the well and offer it not only to me, but to my family -- or anyone else that I should bring. The moment I realized this, it was as if the Lord reassured me that I had found what I was seeking - a place to drink and offer living water from the well.
John 4 contains a description of another woman found at the well. Interestingly it's Jesus who first asks her for a drink (John 4:7). This leads to a discussion of living water and prompts the woman to ask where this living water can be found (John 4:11).
Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14)
During this discussion the woman recognizes that Jesus could be the Messiah. Is it a coincidence that when Isaac and Rebekah first recognized each other, Isaac had just come from Beer-lahai-roi (the well of the living one who sees me (Genesis 24:62-64, 16:14)?
Sir, the woman said, I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem. Jesus declared, Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet 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 4:19-24)
The woman then goes and tells others, drawing others back to the well.
Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it? (John 4:29)
The word 'come' in the above invitation is the same word used by the Spirit and the bride to invite others to take the free gift of the water of life (Revelation 22:17). This makes me think that the above verses in John 4 paints a picture of a type of bride of Christ. Again this bride seems to be found going to draw water from the well. The Messiah or Bridegroom is also at the well and it seems to be here at the well where they recognize each other. John 4:23 also reveals another quality of the Bride - she will worship in spirit and truth. Wow! This again points back to images from a previous article 'Sing to the Well'. This article also reveals more qualities of the bride having to do with striking the Rock with a rod; these are collected below; a picture of the Bride of Christ: She is from the 'family' (Genesis 24:48) She is a 'virgin' (Genesis 24:15) She is able to draw water from the well and water 'the flock' (Genesis 24:19, 29:6; Exodus 2:15-21) She is found at the well, the bride & bridegroom recognize each other here (John 4)
The spirit and the bride say 'Come' -- come to the well (John 4:29; Rev 22:17) The bride worships in spirit and truth (John 4:23) The bride 'sings to the well' and water flows from the Rock (Numbers 21:16-18) The bride has a rod of authority given by the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4) The bride uses the rod of her mouth to strike the Rock at the well (Isaiah 11:1-4) The rod is dipped in honey - God's word is in the bride's mouth and heart (1 Samuel 14:27-29; Psalm 119:103)
The bride is a rock garden locked up, a fountain sealed. A secret place hidden and protected belonging to God thru Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The bride is a spring of living waters welling up to eternal life. A beautiful place of communion and fellowship with the Lord is found at this well of living water. The bride and Bridegroom recognize each other here. Worship in spirit and truth occurs here. Water is drawn here by the Spirit and the Bride and offered to the thirsty. The Spirit and the Bride say "Come!"
Come! Come to the well and sing with joy Worship the Lord in spirit and truth Give to the Lord the glory due to His name Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2) Under the shadow of His wings drink Drink the living water from the fountain of life The river of delights. (Psalm 36:7-9)
Come and abide in the secret place High upon the Rock Dwell in His house Drink in His presence Come and behold the beauty of the Lord (Psalm 27:4-5) The Bridegroom! Come! Come to the well of living waters!
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:2-3)
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere! (Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10)
The Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
by Karen Holland
“Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all…I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 31: 12-14
A Well-Watered Garden
-As the well watered garden continues to grow and produce in abundance, so shall your life be in Jesus name.
-May the Lord cause us to experience tremendous progress and growth in all your deeds and endeavors.
-May God remove sorrow, mourning & sadness out of our lives permanently and give you everlasting gladness, peace, comfort and joy in Jesus name.
-May the blessings of the womb, of a spouse, of peace, of success, of progress, of healing and prosperity shall be our portion.
-May the goodness and abundance of God will satisfy you and your household, now and forevermore,
-Pray for the individual working towards graduating this June, and to gain employment upon graduation
Well-watered Garden-Jeremiah 31:12
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the LORD— For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all.
While the world offers joy and happiness to some measure, it also offers sorrow, brokenness, and turmoil. The blessing to being “well-watered” is learning how to reap the abundant blessing from the LORD even in the midst of this world’s brokenness. The LORD’s garden is lush, serene and beautiful. This is where the Lord wants us to live even when we’re here on earth in the midst of chaos.
So how is it possible to “live” in this beautiful serene place even when we are going through heartbreak, stress, frustration or turmoil? We must look here, taking our eyes off that which is hurting us, not ignoring it, but separating ourselves from this world to “live” in the one that is filled with the sweet aroma of Christ’s love. We are to sing, praise and worship not because we “feel” like it but because God is worthy of our praise. The magical thing is that in time, when we worship, sing and praise, our heart catches up to our action!
God’s garden is orderly, lovely and fragrant. It is serene, peaceful, and abundant. This is the life we are meant to live and though we will still know sorrow in this world, we can still dwell in the beauty, peace and sweetness of Christ. Stay planted in the streams of God’s abundant refreshing river of life. When our roots are planted by this source of refreshing, we will know the abundance of the Lord’s love for us and will dwell in His peaceful presence. Keep looking to His beauty!
Learning requires a teacher, the Lord, your Bible, and your Pastor. The Lord may even send faithful honest people into your life to help you become all that He wants you to be. Ask God for wisdom to become a well-watered garden. The Lord will guide you, and equip you to become a well-watered garden. Do you have the desire to learn?
Isaiah 58:11 (New International Version)
11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
What is a well-watered woman?
A well - watered woman is a woman who is taught of the Lord. One who will ask God for daily guidance, she asked God for daily instruction for her husband, she want to know how to raise her children, to be an example for her grandchildren, how to serve in the work place, and most of all, how to bring glory to the Lord in all she does. A well-watered woman is like a healthy garden, without the grass, weeds, and free of snakes of all kind. She is like a fresh fountain overflowing with the anointing of God.
How do you become a well-watered woman?
Today is a new day. The pressures and demands are too much for to bear. However, you Lord satisfies my every need. Thank you, for the fountain that never needs to be refilled. The Holy Spirit washes away all the anxieties, attitudes that cause strife, and release me from all controlling spirits. Pump the fruit of the spirit into to me with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 2gentleness and self-control.
Thank you Lord, for equipping me to become a well-watered garden every day of my life. Minister to every area of my life, and all that concerns me. Let the Word of God shower me with newness every day.
Isa 61:11 for as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
Ecclesiastes 10 (New American Standard Bible)
Hebrews 13 (New American Standard Bible)
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