December 13, 2020 summary: Isaac re-dug two wells of his father Abraham. The people of Gerar contended for them and Isaac moved on and dug two other wells. The Rabbis say the first two wells, Esek and Sitnah, were shadows of the Temples that were destroyed by the Gentiles. If so, the last two will represent the Third and Fourth Temples.
Shalom, shalom; peace, peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program.
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It was last Monday I received a news alert from WND (WorldNetDaily), and it was disturbing. It had not helped that I had finished reading a book 1984 and watched two movies based on it by George Orwell. I found it disturbing because there are many things written in the book that are coming to pass.
Those of you who have not read the book or have seen the movie, it centers on the consequences of a totalitarian government. It is complete with mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of persons and behaviors within society. Orwell, was a democratic socialist, and he modeled the authoritarian government in the novel after Stalinist Russia. More broadly, the novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated, in short, propaganda news; something we are familiar with.
So the article I received from WND reads: Jonathan Turley: Criminalization of private speech coming to U.S. Summary has: European-style controls now ‘core value in the Democratic Party’
A prominent liberal lawyer Jonathan Turley who has been involved in some of America’s highest -profile constitutional disputes is warning of an alarming rollback of free speech in Western nations.
The article states Norway had adopted a criminal law that punishes people for hate speech toward transgender people in private conversations. This will have a chilling effect on political and religious speech, against those who may be quoting passages against homosexuality and transgenderism. So, the justice minister in Scotland, has announced he intends to clamp down on ‘hate speech’ in private homes under a new bill that critics warn could make possessing the Bible a crime. If convicted of making remarks in public, one will receive a three year prison term, and remarks made in a private setting a one year term.
We know the billionaires have the ability to monitor us, all our movements and purchases. All the information will be used against us, no matter how innocent, to accuse us and then trap us. Their tactics have become more refined since the Obama regime when the IRS was used to persecute those who disagreed with his policies.
A church in California was fined $55,000.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Peter H. Kirwan found Pastor Mike McClure and Calvary Chapel in San Jose in contempt Tuesday for “repeatedly violating a temporary restraining order mandating that the church stop holding unlawful indoor gatherings and require that its congregants wear face coverings and maintain physical distance during services,” the county said in a statement.
But McClure said he had no intention of stopping.
“I respect the judge and I respect what the law says,” he said after the court appearance, according to NBC Bay Area. “But there’s a bigger law. I have to get told, you follow God or you follow man. I have to follow what God’s word says.”
Today I am to continue exploring wells in the Word and their spiritual connection to the bride of Yeshua. Our patriarchal fathers met their future wives at wells; they were water drawers. They serve as a type or picture of the bride Yeshua, they go to the well to draw water. Water is necessary for our survival along with bread, and these have spiritual connections to the kingdom teachings of God. The abiding quality of the bride of Yeshua is that she will continue to go to the well. What she brings up out of its depths refreshment for the thirsty of the LORD.
Shema Deuteronomy 6
Shema, O Israel, the LORD God, the LORD is One.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein.
Numbers 10:35, Psalm 68:1
Arise, O Lord, and let Your enemies be scattered; and let those who hate You flee before you.
You are the King of the universe, king over heaven and earth. You are good and Your mercy endures forever. We thank You for Your Word and we are blessed by it. Permit Your righteousness and justice to permeate the earth, in all the nations that all will come to repentance.
You are worthy of praise and honor. We extol Your name above all creation. Let Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Last week I had covered the well Beer-Lahai-Roi. This well was situated between Kadesh and Bered. Hagar and her mistress, Sarai, had gotten into a heated exchange of words and Hagar fled. She came to the springs and rested there. While there she encountered the Angel of the Lord who instructed her to return to Sarai. She named the springs Beer-Lahai-Roi, and different translations attach different meanings. One says it is called ‘the well of the living;’ another is ‘the well of Him that lives and sees;’ also ‘the well of the Seeing One;’ ‘the well of vision;’ the well of Him who sees us and we see Him;’ and I like this one: ‘the Living well saw Me.’
After that I took a tour over the passages concerning Rebecca and Isaac. Abraham’s servant loaded ten camels and servants and they journeyed to Abraham’s family to find Isaac a bride. They stopped at the well at the time when the town’s women would come to draw water. The servant of Abraham prayed the one meant for Isaac would give him drink and the camels. The passage in Genesis 24 testifies that Rebecca met the servant of Abraham’s prayer request. They all lodged with Rebecca’s family and left the next morning.
The passage in Genesis 24: 61
Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed. Now Isaac came from the way of Beer-Lahai-Roi, for he dwelt in the South.
So here at the Beer-Lahai-Roi we find the Isaac who is a type of Messiah coming from the well, remember the meaning is ‘the well of Him who sees us and we see Him,’ coming to get his bride.
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming. Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted her camel; for she had said to the servant: “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said: “It is my master.” So, she took a veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
I look at this figuratively that Rebekah, her name means ‘bind’ or ‘tie firmly,’ that she lives, or tabernacles, in his mother’s tent; that she is tied firmly to Isaac who is a figure of Messiah. She is tied firmly to all the foundational principles laid before her, plus she is tied firmly to Isaac her husband. Isaac is a figure of Yeshua and Rebekah is ‘tied firmly to Him.’
Last program I had spoken that Abraham was a type of God the Father, Isaac was a picture of Messiah, the ten camels were the ten teachings of God, the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments. The well represented the fountain of salvation and the servant of Abraham was a picture of the Holy Spirit. Here we have the elements of the kingdom and the bride is attracted to them. The bride is able to draw water of refreshment and give to other disciples of the LORD.
The rabbis say there is a possible second name for Beer-Lahai-Roi and that it is Mi’bo. In the literal reading is: And Yits’hhag he did come (ba) from come (mi’bo).
We will go ahead and take a look at the four wells in Genesis 26.
Verse 19. So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the wadi near Gerar, where he settled. Isaac dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham’s death; and he gave them the same names that his father had given them. But when Isaac’s servants, digging in the wadi. Found there a well of spring water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying: “The water is ours.” He named that well Esek, because they contended with him. And when the dug another well, they disputed over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved from there and dug yet another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he called it Rehoboth, saying: “Now at last the LORD has granted us ample space to increase in the land.” From there he went to Beer-sheba.
- That night the LORD appeared to him and said: “I AM the God of your Father Abraham. Fear not, for I Am with you, and I will bless you and increase your offspring for the sake of my servant Abraham.” So, he built an altar there and invoked the LORD by name.
- That same day Isaac’s servants came and told about the well they had dug, and said to him: “We have found water!” He named it Shibah, therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.
Here was mentioned four wells: Esek, Sitnah, Rehoboth and Sheba. Wells have been used figuratively for the Word.
2 Peter 2:17 speaks of the depravity of false teachers, and Peter says: “These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
Another example, Eph 5:26
That He (Yeshua) might sanctify and cleanse her (the church) with the washing of water by the Word.
Wells are figurative of the Laws, the Prophets and Writings—the Tanach or the Old Testament. The first century believers did not have the New Testament from which to teach, they taught from the books of the Old Testament. Every now and again a church would receive a letter from an apostle, in the letter would be responses to questions and issues the church was experiencing, the response would be measured with author’s knowledge of the Tanach.
I also came across some information and I think it may have come from the Artscroll edition, but I will mention The Jewish Study Bible just in case it wasn’t Artscroll; anyway, the rabbis see the first two wells being figurative of the two Temples/Beit HaMikdash.
The first Temple was destroyed by Babylon and the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in the first century.
The first well called Esek (quarrel), they said they owned the water, which is a bit odd, they did not say they owned the well. The second well Sitnah (enmity). The third well Rehoboth (a broad area, expansion). The fourth well Beer-sheba is the most interesting; it means the Well of the Oath or Well of Seven.
The first well, Esek, according to Rabbis, is a shadow of the first temple, and the Babylonians destroyed it. The second well, Sitnah, is the second Temple the Romans destroyed. The third well Rehoboth may also represent the third Temple.
There are those who seem to think there may be a future third Temple, and their understanding is from the passage 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away dome first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
If this interpretation is accurate, it seems the man of sin will take possession of the Third Temple.
The fourth well, Beer-Sheba, represents the fourth temple in the Messianic Age. The Messianic Age will be the seventh age, the thousand year reign of Yeshua where from Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant (which can be understood as an oath, a vow, agreement) of peace be removed, says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
I am going to end the program here.
If it is God’s will I will be here next program. Remember to walk by faith and not by sight. Do two things this week: love and forgive. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Love God and love your neighbor.
Rico Cortes will sing the Aaronic priestly blessing