The Well of Salvation

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
—Isaiah 12:3 

This passage is packed full of wonderful truths!  Do you remember when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness? They murmured and complained about water, and Moses, being at his wits’ end with these grumbling people, cried out to God in prayer, and got an answer. God said to take the leaders, his rod and to go to the rock, “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.”(Ex 17:6) It was not the rock, nor the rod, nor Moses and the elders, but the presence of God that brought the refreshing water they desperately needed.  Later, a special feast, the Feast of Tabernacles  (or Feast of Booths because they camped out in tents or booths) was celebrated to remember their time in the wilderness and how God provided. Eventually, in this ceremony, the priests would draw water from the pool of Siloam in the valley near Jerusalem, and the people would chant, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

1500 years later, some 800 years after Isaiah, the Feast of Booths was being celebrated again, and perhaps as the words of this passage in Isaiah were ringing in their ears, when there was a little commotion in the crowd, which parted to make way for a young man, who stepped forward and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to ME and drink. Whoever believes in ME, as  the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37-38)

So Jesus is the “well-spring of salvation”!  Other Scripture passages reinforce this idea of God as the Source of Living Water, real life:

Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life;  in your light do we see light.

Jeremiah 2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken ME, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and HE would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

John Piper comments, in a sermon “You Will Never Be Thirsty Again”

Don’t miss the five things he says about the water that he gives—and offers you today.

  1. It’s the gift of God (verse 10: “If you knew the gift of God”).
  2. It’s living water (verse 1b: “He would have given you living water”).
  3. If you drink it, you never thirst again—that is, it’s always there to satisfy you when your longing soul is thirsty (verse 14: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again”).
  4. This water becomes a spring—a well of water (verse 14: “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water”). That’s why you never get thirsty again—not because one drink is enough, but because one true drink produces a well for an eternity of drinks.
  5. This water gives eternal life (verse 14: “. . . a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”).