Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday evening, March 21, 2004, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia.
MOSES AND JESUS SITTING AT THE WELL
By Michael D. O’Neal Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church Albany, Georgia
Scripture Reading: Exodus 2:11-22
Text: Exodus 2:15
Exodus 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
Introduction: As the greatest type, or prophetic picture of Jesus in Genesis in Joseph, the greatest type in Exodus is Moses. Last week we showed the similarities of the birth of Moses to the birth of our Lord. As Moses got ready to begin his ministry, he not only met with opposition, but Pharaoh sought to end his life. This reminds us of the fact that the devil tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, and tempted Him to toss Himself to His death from a pinnacle of the temple.
The next thing we see is Moses sitting at a well! A WELL! Amen! For we remember:
John 4:6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
The account in Exodus 2 clearly points to John 4.
Remember that Jesus said:
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
The book of Exodus, the second book of Moses, is one of those scriptures that testifies of JESUS, for Jesus said later in the same chapter:
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
Moses wrote of JESUS. Our Lord held a little post-resurrection Bible study with two of His disciples,
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Tonight we’re going to look in the second book of Moses, then travel through time to view the Lord Jesus Christ:
Tonight’s message is titled:
MOSES AND JESUS SITTING AT A WELL
I am thinking about how a well in the Bible can represent God’s supply of salvation:
Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
As we think about wells, let’s also remember the salvation Jesus produces, and observe that:
I. THERE WERE CONFLICTS AT WELLS
Exodus 2:17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
At the wells of salvation you can find the conflicts of:
A. Good versus evil
B. God versus you before you’re saved – Romans 6:23
C. Gathered foes – the world, the flesh, and the devil after you’re saved
1. Deceiving you
2. Distracting you
3. Delaying you
II. THERE WERE CONTROVERSIES OVER WELLS
John 4:10-12 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
A. Over ownership
1. Which church is the one Christ founded?
2. Which church is right?
B. Over opportunity
1. Who can be saved?
2. How can a person be saved?
C. Over outcome
1. Eternal security
2. Drinking of Jesus’ well – NEVER thirst (John 4:14)
III. THERE WERE CONFRONTATIONS AT WELLS
John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
Exodus 2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.
People met at wells. Here in John 4 we have:
A. An empty sinner – thirsting
B. An ever-loving Savior – caring
C. An everlasting salvation – supplying
IV. THERE WERE CHANGES AT WELLS
Exodus 2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
John 4:28-29 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
A. A GENTILE wife for Moses – type of Christ and the church
B. A glad witness to men – John 4:28-29
C. A glorious work by the Master! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Michael D. O’Neal (Proverbs 11:30), Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church