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Meet Me at the Well Part 2

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August 11, 2020
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Our soul was fashioned with thirst. Who do we go to in order to find satisfaction? We'll study two women who thirst in the Scriptures and see how God meets their longing.

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Meet Me at the Well Part 2

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  • (female announcer)"Living Proof with Beth Moore"
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  • is sponsoredby the friends and partners
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  • of Living Proof Ministries.
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  • We have come here to findout what he means when he says,
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  • "If you only knew the giftof God that I would give you
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  • if you would let me."
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  • We are going to figure that out.
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  • And we are going to find outwhat is stopping up our wells.
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  • Can I hear an amenfrom anybody in the house?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Go back with meto John chapter 4.
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  • So keeping in mindsixth hour is noon,
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  • very unusual time for a womanto be drawing water,
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  • remember--you tell mewhat the typical hour
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  • was for a woman to be drawingwater at the well.
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  • Evening.
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  • It would have been sunset.
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  • Sunset.
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  • So what I learnedthis time that I had
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  • never ever learnedbefore about it was
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  • that there were much closerwells for her to go to.
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  • Why did she come to this one?
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  • She passed--therewere closer wells.
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  • I mean, we--many of us knowfrom previous sermons
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  • and lessons that shewas probably trying
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  • to avoid the other women.
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  • She wasn't one to comewith the rest of them.
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  • Why?
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  • Because of her reputation.
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  • How many people knewher track record with men?
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  • But I just wantto ask you a question.
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  • Wouldn't it be fair to saythat sometimes our willingness
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  • to go further than we'd haveto is more about
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  • what we want to avoid?
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  • Anybody?
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  • Anybody is still lettingyour kids take the bus?
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  • Like, you're going to drive them10 miles further because you're
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  • trying to avoidsomething closer.
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  • Is that fair?
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  • How many of us would notgo to a particular
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  • place of businessbecause we're going to go
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  • much further than we haveto because we'd have
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  • to run into so and so.
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  • How many of us drive past howmany churches to get
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  • to another church because wedon't have to want--
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  • we don't want to haveto run into so and so?
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  • Something awkwardat the near one,
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  • if not something really,really, really uncomfortable
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  • and embarrassing.
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  • There's just nothinglike--I don't know.
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  • Maybe this hasn't been you,but it's been me.
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  • Nothing like having to returnover and over to a place
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  • where we haveembarrassed ourselves.
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  • Maybe I'm the onlyone in the room.
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  • But, you know, we'll justhave to keep showing up.
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  • And in a lot of ways, I'm gladI had to because what it
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  • kept me from being able to dois like run from it.
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  • In other words, I justhad to hope that over time
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  • my life wouldshow some healing
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  • and maybe they'dbe able to stay,
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  • "You know, Beth usedto be such an idiot,
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  • but I don't see the sameidiocy in her today.
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  • I mean, I see a little.
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  • I see a glimpse of it,but not quite--"
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  • Anybody?Anybody?
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  • Because if I stay and work itout honestly and just bring my
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  • messed up self back in,well, maybe over time--
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  • but, man, she's tryingto avoid everybody.
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  • So she's not going to the place.
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  • She's going to go whereother people from other towns--
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  • if anybody else isgoing to show up,
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  • it's going to be somebody else.
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  • God forbid that she gowhere the rest of her
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  • neighbors' wives are going.
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  • Also very possible that ithad significance to her
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  • in a religious contextbecause she pounds on it
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  • and pounds on itand pounds on it.
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  • Now look atverses 20 through 34.
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  • "Our fathersworshiped on this mountain,
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  • "but you say in Jerusalem isthe place where people
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  • "ought to worship.
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  • "Jesus said to her,'Woman, believe me,
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  • "the hour is comingwhen neither on this mountain
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  • "nor in Jerusalem willyou worship the Father.
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  • "You worship whatyou do not know;
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  • "we worship what we do know,for salvation is from the Jews.
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  • "But the hour is coming,and is now here,
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  • "when true worshipers willworship the Father in spirit
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  • "and in truth, for the Fatheris seeking such people
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  • "to worship him.
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  • "God is spirit, and those whoworship him must worship
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  • "in spirit and truth.'
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  • "The woman said to him,
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  • "'I know that Messiah iscoming, he who is called Christ.
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  • When he comes, he willtell us all things.'"
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  • In other words, "Save it.
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  • I'm going to wait for him."
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  • "'I who speak to you am he.'
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  • "And just then the disciplescame back and they marveled
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  • that he was talkingwith a woman."
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  • Not the woman,not that woman,
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  • a woman.
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  • Aren't you thankful for Jesus?
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  • Aren't youthankful for Jesus?
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  • Do you know whata revolution he caused
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  • where our genderwas concerned?
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  • This is Jesus.
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  • This is Jesus talkingto a Samaritan woman
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  • who'd been sexually sinful.
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  • That is three strikesand she's out,
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  • only not to Jesusbecause you can't be
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  • unclean enoughto get Jesus dirty.
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  • You cannot do it.
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  • You cannot do--you can'tbe the kind of woman
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  • he's not going to talk to.
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  • "They saw that he was talkingwith a woman and no one said,
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  • "'What do you seek?'
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  • "or, 'Why are you talkingwith her?'
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  • "So the woman lefther water jar,"
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  • "that she broughtto get her water.
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  • "She left her water jar,went away into the town
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  • "and said to the people,
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  • "'Come,'" this partjust kills me,
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  • see a man who told meall that I ever did."
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  • Can you imaginebeing happy about that?
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  • I mean, what is that?
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  • Does it tell youanything about Jesus?
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  • Does somebody need to knowthat about--somebody doesn't
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  • know him here this weekendand you don't realize
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  • that this is the Savior whocould tell you everything
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  • you've ever done, and hegives you his dignity
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  • instead of takingyours from you.
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  • Who does that?Who does that?
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  • Who does that?
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  • I was thinkingthat, you know,
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  • I'm the worst everat invitations.
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  • I'm the worst everbecause one of the things
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  • that just drives me crazy,and by that I mean in--
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  • going through the right stepsthat you should when you're
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  • talking to someoneabout how to come
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  • to Jesus because one thingthat frustrates me,
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  • I for the life of me,for the life of me
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  • don't understand why anybodywould not love Jesus.
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  • Who's going to do that for you?
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  • I just don't see it.I don't see it.
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  • No matter who you are,no matter where you've been,
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  • no matter what you've done,no matter what you've been
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  • through, that this isa Savior who says,
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  • "Listen, I have alreadybled and died for you
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  • "and been raised from the dead.
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  • "You ain't got nothingI cannot handle.
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  • "Absolutely nothing.
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  • I could raise you upanytime I want to."
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  • It says then, "'Come,see a man who told me
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  • "everything that I ever did.
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  • "Can this be the Christ?'
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  • "And so they wentout of the town
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  • "and were coming to him.
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  • And meanwhile--"
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  • Oh, I love this so muchthat I want to cry about it.
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  • It says, "Meanwhilethe disciples were urging him,
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  • "saying, 'Rabbi, eat.'
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  • "But he said to them,'I have food to eat you
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  • "don't even know about.'
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  • "The disciples saidto one another,
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  • "'Has anyone broughthim something to eat?'
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  • "Jesus said to them,'My food is to do the will
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  • of him who sent meand to accomplish his work.'"
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  • Okay, I need somebody
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  • so badly to stayin here with me
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  • because I wantyou to understand.
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  • When the woman--oh,somebody needs this tonight.
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  • Oh, somebody needs this tonight.
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  • Look at somebody and say,
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  • "You may be the onethat needs this tonight."
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  • Okay, so the woman meetsthe one who is the living water.
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  • So she's got her jar.
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  • She leaves it,goes running into town.
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  • Not even tell--why?Because her jar is full.
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  • Because see,she's become the jar.
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  • Anybody get that with me?
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  • She's become the jar.
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  • She is the vessel.
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  • The jar justsprings up some feet
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  • and goes running in,goes running into town.
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  • But you know what maybe the very best part?
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  • Oh, somebody needsto know this about Jesus.
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  • Maybe the very best partis that she was so satisfied.
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  • She was satisfiedfor the first time in her life.
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  • Does somebodysee that he was too?
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  • Not the first time as her,but he was satisfied
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  • that the work he had donehe wasn't hungry any longer.
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  • She wasn't thirsty any longer.
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  • He wasn't hungry any longer'cause he was like,
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  • "You know what?
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  • "Beth, I'm goingto tell you something.
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  • "When I get to bless youand fill you up,
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  • it fills me up too."
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  • Thirst issues a reckoning.
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  • Learn to recognize itso that you can reckon
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  • with it before itreckons with you.
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  • Because if you do not learnhow to recognize that you are
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  • thirsting for somethingthat you do not have,
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  • that reckoning will becomethe wreckage of your life;
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  • and trust me, I knowof what I speak.
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  • And so what Jesus
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  • was using with the woman was
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  • the physiological needto teach her about a soul need.
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  • Soul thirst is mentionednumerous times
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  • in the Scriptures.
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  • I'm going to throw out a fewto you so that you will
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  • know how common they would be.
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  • Psalm 42:2, the psalmist says,
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  • "My soul thirsts for Godfor the living God.
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  • When shall I comeand appear before God?"
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  • Psalm 143, verse 6:
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  • "I stretch out my hands to you.
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  • My soul thirst for youlike a parched land."
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  • Matthew 5:6: "Blessed arethose who hunger and thirst
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  • for righteousness,for they shall be satisfied."
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  • Our soul wasfashioned with thirst.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • (female)Are you searchingfor something
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  • to satisfya void in your life?
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  • In this month's teaching series,Beth encourages us to take
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  • our vessel to the well to findwhat our souls are longing for,
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  • a relationshipwith Jesus Christ,
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  • the only one who willever quench our thirst.
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  • (female)If this message isspeaking to you,
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  • we want to share a helpfulresource written by Beth called
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  • "Get Out of That Pit."
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  • In this book, Beth takesa deeper dive to help us
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  • recognize if we arein a pit and how we got there.
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  • But most importantly,she emphasizes
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  • that we don't haveto stay in that pit.
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  • Jesus can lead us to freedom.
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  • (female)This month,Living Proof Ministries
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  • is offering"Get Out of That Pit"
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  • as our gift for your donation.
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  • Grab one for youor for a friend.
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  • Thanks for watchingthis series with us.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • It doesn't matterwhere you are from,
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  • if you will give the time
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  • and space to thisevent this weekend,
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  • if you will lend yourheart to it and you'll really
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  • pay attention, then it's gonnacome right back around
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  • because some of the thingswe're talking about this weekend
  • 00:11:45.988 --> 00:11:48.624
  • simply could notbe more practical.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • We're gonna be talking aboutdivine power that God exerts
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  • on the behalf of people
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  • just like you and me,
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  • and we're gonna see God dosomething that we could not
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  • have thought to ask him.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Lord, we want all that youhave for us this weekend,
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  • every little thing.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • (male announcer)Come join us in a city near you.
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  • Genesis chapter 16.
  • 00:12:23.659 --> 00:12:25.728
  • We're having scenesat the well,
  • 00:12:25.761 --> 00:12:28.831
  • and both of the oneswe're studying tonight
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  • are in the context of Godmeeting women at a well.
  • 00:12:32.368 --> 00:12:39.375
  • Genesis chapter 16:
  • 00:12:40.042 --> 00:12:41.811
  • "Now Sarai, Abram's wife,had borne him no children.
  • 00:12:41.844 --> 00:12:45.514
  • "She had a female Egyptianservant whose name was Hagar.
  • 00:12:45.548 --> 00:12:48.484
  • "And Sarai said to Abram,'Behold now,
  • 00:12:48.517 --> 00:12:50.986
  • "the Lord has preventedme from bearing children.
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:53.956
  • "Go in to my servant.
  • 00:12:53.989 --> 00:12:55.491
  • It may be that I shallobtain children by her.'"
  • 00:12:55.524 --> 00:12:58.961
  • Now, this is just totally
  • 00:12:58.994 --> 00:13:00.296
  • out of anything you and I have
  • 00:13:00.329 --> 00:13:01.730
  • any kind of context for,any kind of context,
  • 00:13:01.764 --> 00:13:07.536
  • but it was not out of thisancient culture's context
  • 00:13:07.570 --> 00:13:11.607
  • because their descendantswere everything.
  • 00:13:11.640 --> 00:13:14.877
  • That lineage thatthat line would go on was
  • 00:13:14.910 --> 00:13:18.214
  • a paramountimportance to her.
  • 00:13:18.247 --> 00:13:20.182
  • "And Abram listenedto the voice of Sarai."
  • 00:13:20.216 --> 00:13:22.251
  • Now, that would have mademe mad right there.
  • 00:13:22.284 --> 00:13:23.619
  • If I was going to mention it,
  • 00:13:23.652 --> 00:13:25.054
  • he sure better not saythat he was willing to do it.
  • 00:13:25.087 --> 00:13:27.423
  • He better say, "Never.Never.
  • 00:13:27.456 --> 00:13:29.491
  • I would rather be childless."
  • 00:13:29.525 --> 00:13:31.393
  • But no, no.He believes that he will.
  • 00:13:31.427 --> 00:13:34.363
  • Verse 3: "So after Abramhad lived 10 years
  • 00:13:34.396 --> 00:13:37.399
  • "in the land of Canaan,Sarai, Abram's wife,
  • 00:13:37.433 --> 00:13:40.502
  • "took Hagar the Egyptian,her servant, and gave her
  • 00:13:40.536 --> 00:13:42.938
  • "to Abram her husband as a wife.
  • 00:13:42.972 --> 00:13:46.242
  • "And he went in to Hagarand she conceived.
  • 00:13:46.275 --> 00:13:48.177
  • "And when she sawthat she had conceived,
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:49.845
  • "she looked with contempton her mistress.
  • 00:13:49.879 --> 00:13:51.847
  • "And Sarai said to Abram,
  • 00:13:51.881 --> 00:13:53.182
  • 'May the wrong doneto me be on you.'"
  • 00:13:53.215 --> 00:13:55.784
  • I mean, suddenlyit's back on him like,
  • 00:13:55.818 --> 00:13:57.753
  • "You see what you did to me?
  • 00:13:57.786 --> 00:13:59.455
  • Look how she's treating me."
  • 00:13:59.488 --> 00:14:00.856
  • "'I gave my servantto your embrace.
  • 00:14:00.890 --> 00:14:02.658
  • "And when she sawthat she had conceived,
  • 00:14:02.691 --> 00:14:04.326
  • "she looked on me with contempt.
  • 00:14:04.360 --> 00:14:05.794
  • "May the Lord judgebetween you and me.'
  • 00:14:05.828 --> 00:14:07.663
  • "But Abram said to Sarai,
  • 00:14:07.696 --> 00:14:08.998
  • "'Behold, yourservant is in your power.
  • 00:14:09.031 --> 00:14:12.368
  • "Do to her as you please.'
  • 00:14:12.401 --> 00:14:14.069
  • "Then Sarai dealtharshly with her,
  • 00:14:14.103 --> 00:14:16.071
  • and so Hagar fled from her."
  • 00:14:16.105 --> 00:14:18.474
  • Let this fall afresh on you.
  • 00:14:18.507 --> 00:14:20.442
  • Let this come as a livingWord alive and active.
  • 00:14:20.476 --> 00:14:25.047
  • "The angel of the Lord foundher by a spring of water
  • 00:14:25.080 --> 00:14:29.852
  • "in the wilderness,the spring on the way to Shur.
  • 00:14:29.885 --> 00:14:33.222
  • "And he said,'Hagar, servant of Sarai,
  • 00:14:33.255 --> 00:14:35.991
  • where have you comefrom and where are you going?'"
  • 00:14:36.025 --> 00:14:39.228
  • Both of which he knew.
  • 00:14:39.261 --> 00:14:41.196
  • "And she said, 'I am fleeingfrom my mistress Sarai.'
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:44.433
  • "The angel of the Lordsaid to her,
  • 00:14:44.466 --> 00:14:46.035
  • "'Return to yourmistress and submit to her.'
  • 00:14:46.068 --> 00:14:48.103
  • "The angel of the Lordalso said to her,
  • 00:14:48.137 --> 00:14:51.106
  • "'I will surely multiply youroffspring so that they cannot be
  • 00:14:51.140 --> 00:14:54.076
  • "numbered for multitude.'
  • 00:14:54.109 --> 00:14:55.678
  • "And the angel of the Lordsaid to her,
  • 00:14:55.711 --> 00:14:57.279
  • "'Behold, you are pregnantand you shall bear a son,
  • 00:14:57.313 --> 00:14:59.315
  • "and you shall call his nameIshmael because the Lord
  • 00:14:59.348 --> 00:15:01.517
  • "has listenedto your affliction.
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  • And he shall bea wild donkey of a man--'"
  • 00:15:03.485 --> 00:15:05.254
  • She didn't care.
  • 00:15:05.287 --> 00:15:06.655
  • I mean, all she needed to know,she just needed this word
  • 00:15:06.689 --> 00:15:10.225
  • that he was going to havesome kind of blessing
  • 00:15:10.259 --> 00:15:13.295
  • on his side,some kind of future.
  • 00:15:13.329 --> 00:15:15.230
  • "And he shall bea wild donkey of a man,
  • 00:15:15.264 --> 00:15:17.099
  • "his hand against everyone,everyone's hand against him,
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  • and he shall dwellover all of his kinsmen."
  • 00:15:19.301 --> 00:15:22.037
  • Verse 13: "So she calledthe name of the Lord who spoke
  • 00:15:22.071 --> 00:15:24.673
  • "to her, 'You area God of seeing,'
  • 00:15:24.707 --> 00:15:28.010
  • "for she said,'truly here I have seen him
  • 00:15:28.043 --> 00:15:31.714
  • "who looks after me.'
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  • Therefore, the well was calledBeer-lahai-roi."
  • 00:15:35.384 --> 00:15:39.154
  • Remember?
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  • Well.Well.
  • 00:15:40.856 --> 00:15:44.893
  • "Hagar bore Abram a son,and Abram called the name
  • 00:15:44.927 --> 00:15:48.263
  • of his son,whom Hagar bore, Ishmael."
  • 00:15:48.297 --> 00:15:51.633
  • Did you know that the nameHagar means stranger?
  • 00:15:51.667 --> 00:15:56.038
  • I don't know where youmay be feeling like a stranger,
  • 00:15:56.071 --> 00:16:01.410
  • like you don't belong,
  • 00:16:01.443 --> 00:16:08.417
  • but I'm going to tell you this.
  • 00:16:08.450 --> 00:16:12.588
  • You have been found, and youhave been found by the God
  • 00:16:12.621 --> 00:16:16.291
  • who sees; and he knowseverything you've suffered,
  • 00:16:16.325 --> 00:16:19.862
  • everything you've been through.
  • 00:16:19.895 --> 00:16:21.330
  • As I was preparing this lesson,
  • 00:16:21.363 --> 00:16:22.664
  • it occurred to me to compare
  • 00:16:22.698 --> 00:16:24.333
  • Hagar and the Samaritan womana little bit,
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  • and I just started writingdown a little bit of a list.
  • 00:16:27.302 --> 00:16:29.371
  • It's not somethingfor you to take down.
  • 00:16:29.405 --> 00:16:30.706
  • Just listen up for a second.
  • 00:16:30.739 --> 00:16:32.408
  • They both were dealingwith a stigma,
  • 00:16:32.441 --> 00:16:34.543
  • both of them were; that eachwas considered the lesser woman,
  • 00:16:34.576 --> 00:16:38.781
  • that both of them weretrying to avoid other women,
  • 00:16:38.814 --> 00:16:44.887
  • and both had been grievouslydisappointed and hurt
  • 00:16:44.920 --> 00:16:51.727
  • by both men and women.
  • 00:16:51.760 --> 00:16:56.965
  • I also want to interjectto you because I--
  • 00:16:56.999 --> 00:16:59.334
  • maybe because it just--you know,misery loves company.
  • 00:16:59.368 --> 00:17:03.839
  • Maybe because it just appealsto me because it applies
  • 00:17:03.872 --> 00:17:06.475
  • to me in my past as I lookover my own journey with God.
  • 00:17:06.508 --> 00:17:10.045
  • Each of them, both Hagarand the Samaritan woman,
  • 00:17:10.079 --> 00:17:13.482
  • bore some responsibilityfor the mess that they were in.
  • 00:17:13.515 --> 00:17:17.519
  • Now, here's where I want to--we know--I mean,
  • 00:17:17.553 --> 00:17:19.455
  • we can lookat the Samaritan woman
  • 00:17:19.488 --> 00:17:21.156
  • and there's no doubtin our minds.
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:22.858
  • Hagar is a little bitof a different story
  • 00:17:22.891 --> 00:17:25.461
  • because she is a slave.
  • 00:17:25.494 --> 00:17:27.796
  • So we don't know what choice didshe have when her mistress said,
  • 00:17:27.830 --> 00:17:33.135
  • "This is what I want you to do."
  • 00:17:33.168 --> 00:17:36.338
  • What choice did shehave in the matter?
  • 00:17:36.371 --> 00:17:39.341
  • We don't know.Did she or didn't she?
  • 00:17:39.374 --> 00:17:40.676
  • We have no way of knowingthat in the text.
  • 00:17:40.709 --> 00:17:42.678
  • Here's what we do know.
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  • Did you notice that when shegot pregnant it says she
  • 00:17:44.179 --> 00:17:45.881
  • started treatingSarai with contempt?
  • 00:17:45.914 --> 00:17:48.350
  • That word means in Hebrew--the word contempt,
  • 00:17:48.383 --> 00:17:50.219
  • it probably meansthis in English.
  • 00:17:50.252 --> 00:17:52.688
  • It is a word that meansto diminish or to make small.
  • 00:17:52.721 --> 00:17:56.492
  • It means to belittle somebody,to trivialize someone.
  • 00:17:56.525 --> 00:17:59.528
  • So suddenly--can'tyou just imagine?
  • 00:17:59.561 --> 00:18:01.196
  • Because, you know, as her tummybegan growing--because here's
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:03.932
  • an old woman childless,and suddenly she's like,
  • 00:18:03.966 --> 00:18:09.771
  • "Oh, oh, I think Ifelt the baby kick."
  • 00:18:09.805 --> 00:18:12.774
  • You understand?
  • 00:18:12.808 --> 00:18:14.109
  • I mean, is anythingmeaner than a mean woman?
  • 00:18:14.143 --> 00:18:17.312
  • I mean, anything, anything.
  • 00:18:17.346 --> 00:18:21.083
  • Just those little, "mm, mm."
  • 00:18:21.116 --> 00:18:23.652
  • One has somethingover the other.
  • 00:18:23.685 --> 00:18:25.220
  • "Oh, I didn't meananything by that."
  • 00:18:25.254 --> 00:18:26.788
  • You went, "You rat.
  • 00:18:26.822 --> 00:18:29.024
  • [audience laughing]
  • 00:18:29.057 --> 00:18:31.493
  • You know goodand well you did."
  • 00:18:31.527 --> 00:18:33.328
  • That's contempt when nowbecause of what I've got--
  • 00:18:33.362 --> 00:18:37.399
  • I mean, like, "You were allon top of it and now look
  • 00:18:37.432 --> 00:18:40.869
  • "what's happened to me,and now you're the one
  • 00:18:40.903 --> 00:18:43.639
  • "on the bottom and I'm goingto make sure just
  • 00:18:43.672 --> 00:18:46.208
  • "very subtly to remind you.
  • 00:18:46.241 --> 00:18:48.243
  • "I will diminish you.
  • 00:18:48.277 --> 00:18:49.678
  • "I will trivialize you.
  • 00:18:49.711 --> 00:18:51.280
  • "I will make sure you seethe round of my abdomen,
  • 00:18:51.313 --> 00:18:54.449
  • you barren woman."
  • 00:18:54.483 --> 00:18:59.688
  • And when she startedtreating her with contempt,
  • 00:18:59.721 --> 00:19:02.491
  • Sarai then startedmistreating her.
  • 00:19:02.524 --> 00:19:05.561
  • So don't tell me shehad no play in it at all.
  • 00:19:05.594 --> 00:19:10.699
  • Both women differing degreesand entirely different ways--
  • 00:19:10.732 --> 00:19:13.735
  • I don't know, I just--maybe youare, but in most of my
  • 00:19:13.769 --> 00:19:20.742
  • conflicts I hardly everI'm just completely innocent.
  • 00:19:20.776 --> 00:19:25.180
  • [audience laughing]
  • 00:19:25.214 --> 00:19:28.517
  • I see one hand waving at me.
  • 00:19:29.051 --> 00:19:31.353
  • [audience laughing]
  • 00:19:31.386 --> 00:19:33.322
  • She and I--she and I--you knowwhat I'm talking about?
  • 00:19:33.355 --> 00:19:37.826
  • Now, I'm not saying that I--it could be that I had none
  • 00:19:37.859 --> 00:19:41.296
  • of the intention, but honestlycan I look at it afterwards
  • 00:19:41.330 --> 00:19:45.033
  • and go, "Okay, I--there's nothing I could--"
  • 00:19:45.067 --> 00:19:47.336
  • Every now and then--
  • 00:19:47.369 --> 00:19:48.770
  • and, man, I love itwhen it happens.
  • 00:19:48.804 --> 00:19:50.939
  • But then the Lord will comedown on me because then I feel
  • 00:19:50.973 --> 00:19:53.842
  • prideful over it 'cause I like,
  • 00:19:53.875 --> 00:19:55.877
  • "Oh, I lovedsuffering innocently."
  • 00:19:55.911 --> 00:19:58.046
  • Well, you know,because I just--
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:19:59.448
  • [audience laughing]
  • 00:19:59.481 --> 00:20:02.651
  • we love to be ableto say, you know,
  • 00:20:02.684 --> 00:20:04.453
  • that they've done me wrong,
  • 00:20:04.486 --> 00:20:06.221
  • but a whole lot of timescan't we own something in it?
  • 00:20:06.255 --> 00:20:10.792
  • And we take that to the well,and right there trying to get
  • 00:20:10.826 --> 00:20:15.998
  • away from everybody Jesusshows up in a kind of scene
  • 00:20:16.031 --> 00:20:23.005
  • that makes a scene feel seen.
  • 00:20:23.038 --> 00:20:27.476
  • Now look at 21:8 through 20.
  • 00:20:27.876 --> 00:20:30.846
  • "And the childgrew and was weaned.
  • 00:20:30.879 --> 00:20:32.347
  • "And Abraham made a greatfeast on the day that Isaac
  • 00:20:32.381 --> 00:20:34.816
  • "was weaned, but Sarah sawthe son of Hagar the Egyptian,
  • 00:20:34.850 --> 00:20:38.053
  • "whom she had borneto Abraham, laughing.
  • 00:20:38.086 --> 00:20:40.289
  • So she said to Abraham--"
  • 00:20:40.322 --> 00:20:41.957
  • You know, for one thing,I don't think she felt well.
  • 00:20:41.990 --> 00:20:44.026
  • It's not easy to wean.
  • 00:20:44.059 --> 00:20:45.761
  • You know, I think--you knowwhat I'm saying?
  • 00:20:45.794 --> 00:20:49.364
  • I think maybe it wouldhave been better not
  • 00:20:49.398 --> 00:20:51.500
  • to have a weaning party.
  • 00:20:51.533 --> 00:20:53.468
  • "Let's have--like after the--let's let a month go by,
  • 00:20:53.502 --> 00:20:57.172
  • then have a party."
  • 00:20:57.205 --> 00:20:58.507
  • I'm just--I'm not surethe timing was right.
  • 00:20:58.540 --> 00:21:01.310
  • Sarah was--she didn't feel well.
  • 00:21:01.343 --> 00:21:03.612
  • She was sore.
  • 00:21:03.645 --> 00:21:04.946
  • I could get all into it,
  • 00:21:04.980 --> 00:21:06.281
  • but I know you understand.
  • 00:21:06.315 --> 00:21:08.617
  • "So she said to Abraham,
  • 00:21:08.650 --> 00:21:09.951
  • "'Cast out this slave womanwith her son,
  • 00:21:09.985 --> 00:21:11.720
  • "for the son of this slavewoman shall not be heir
  • 00:21:11.753 --> 00:21:14.923
  • "with my son Isaac.'
  • 00:21:14.956 --> 00:21:16.591
  • "The thing was verydispleasing to Abraham
  • 00:21:16.625 --> 00:21:18.727
  • "on account of his son.
  • 00:21:18.760 --> 00:21:20.095
  • "And God said to Abraham,
  • 00:21:20.128 --> 00:21:21.530
  • "'Be not displeasedbecause of the boy
  • 00:21:21.563 --> 00:21:23.198
  • "and becauseof your slave woman.
  • 00:21:23.231 --> 00:21:24.800
  • "Whatever Sarah says to you,do what she tells you
  • 00:21:24.833 --> 00:21:26.635
  • for through Isaacshall your offspring be named.'"
  • 00:21:26.668 --> 00:21:30.272
  • So Ishmael had been therefor the length of time
  • 00:21:30.305 --> 00:21:31.773
  • he should have been.
  • 00:21:31.807 --> 00:21:33.108
  • Now, there's already a promiseof blessing on him,
  • 00:21:33.141 --> 00:21:35.544
  • but I want you to seewhat happens.
  • 00:21:35.577 --> 00:21:36.878
  • "'And I will make a nationof the son of the slave
  • 00:21:36.912 --> 00:21:38.680
  • "woman also because heis your offspring.'
  • 00:21:38.714 --> 00:21:41.116
  • "So Abrahamrose early in the morning
  • 00:21:41.149 --> 00:21:42.784
  • "and took breadand a skin of water
  • 00:21:42.818 --> 00:21:44.486
  • "and gave it to Hagar,putting it on her shoulder,
  • 00:21:44.519 --> 00:21:46.855
  • "along with the child,and sent her away.
  • 00:21:46.888 --> 00:21:48.824
  • "And she departedand wandered
  • 00:21:48.857 --> 00:21:50.392
  • into the wildernessof Beersheba."
  • 00:21:50.425 --> 00:21:53.929
  • Do you recognize it?
  • 00:21:54.296 --> 00:21:55.597
  • There's going to be well.
  • 00:21:55.630 --> 00:21:56.998
  • There's going to be well.
  • 00:21:57.165 --> 00:21:58.967
  • "When the water in the skin--"
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:00.302
  • Here's the beauty of it.
  • 00:22:00.335 --> 00:22:01.903
  • She does not know that there'sgoing to be a well.
  • 00:22:01.937 --> 00:22:06.742
  • So he gives her a skin of water,which would be a little bit
  • 00:22:07.542 --> 00:22:10.512
  • like this, but itwould have been made
  • 00:22:10.545 --> 00:22:14.416
  • with animal skins.
  • 00:22:14.449 --> 00:22:16.451
  • Filled up with water.
  • 00:22:16.485 --> 00:22:19.755
  • And so this iswhat Hagar gets here,
  • 00:22:19.788 --> 00:22:24.893
  • and off she goes with his son.
  • 00:22:24.926 --> 00:22:31.400
  • And it says the most--one of the most heartbreaking
  • 00:22:31.433 --> 00:22:35.837
  • sections in the entireWord of God.
  • 00:22:35.871 --> 00:22:38.140
  • "When the waterin the skin was gone,
  • 00:22:38.173 --> 00:22:40.642
  • "she put the childunder one of the bushes
  • 00:22:40.675 --> 00:22:43.311
  • "and she sat down opposite hima good way off,
  • 00:22:43.345 --> 00:22:46.181
  • about a distance of a bowshot."
  • 00:22:46.214 --> 00:22:49.284
  • Do you understandhow far that is?
  • 00:22:49.317 --> 00:22:51.186
  • So she's trying to sitfar enough away
  • 00:22:51.219 --> 00:22:52.854
  • where she can see him,
  • 00:22:52.888 --> 00:22:55.090
  • but she can't hear him.
  • 00:22:55.123 --> 00:22:56.691
  • "'Let me not lookon the death of the child.'
  • 00:22:56.725 --> 00:22:59.561
  • "Then she sat opposite him, shelifted up her voice and wept.
  • 00:22:59.594 --> 00:23:04.366
  • "And God heardthe voice of the boy,
  • 00:23:04.399 --> 00:23:08.336
  • "and the angel of Godcalled to Hagar from heaven
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  • and said to her,'What troubles you, Hagar?'"
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  • He knew.
  • 00:23:13.108 --> 00:23:15.110
  • John chapter 20, Mary Magdalenehaving looked into the tomb
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  • and Jesus's body is not there,
  • 00:23:20.549 --> 00:23:23.585
  • "Woman, why are you crying?"
  • 00:23:23.618 --> 00:23:28.557
  • 'Cause sometimes hejust wants us to tell him.
  • 00:23:28.590 --> 00:23:31.560
  • "Can you word it?
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  • Can you tell it to me?"
  • 00:23:32.928 --> 00:23:34.529
  • "Fear not," he said,"'for God has heard
  • 00:23:34.563 --> 00:23:36.031
  • "the voice of the boywhere he is.
  • 00:23:36.064 --> 00:23:37.365
  • "Up.
  • 00:23:37.399 --> 00:23:38.700
  • "Lift up the boy and holdhim fast with your hand,
  • 00:23:38.733 --> 00:23:40.936
  • "for I will make himinto a great nation.'
  • 00:23:40.969 --> 00:23:43.638
  • And then God opened her eyesand she saw a well of water."
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  • Sometimes we don'teven know it's right there.
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  • It's so amazing to me whenyou put it as a juxtaposition
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  • to the woman at the wellin John chapter 4
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  • because there he brought a womanto a well and here he brings
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  • a well to a woman.
  • 00:24:00.322 --> 00:24:02.257
  • What are you goingto do with that?
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:03.658
  • What are you goingto do with that?
  • 00:24:04.192 --> 00:24:05.660
  • She went and she "filledthe skin of water and gave
  • 00:24:05.694 --> 00:24:09.364
  • the boy a drink."
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  • And I love it.I just love it.
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  • I love it how it says,"Hold him fast by the hand."
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  • You know what I believe?
  • 00:24:17.305 --> 00:24:18.640
  • That God is looking for--
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  • of course to raise upmighty men.
  • 00:24:21.209 --> 00:24:24.279
  • We are living in a time when wewould be tender-hearted
  • 00:24:24.312 --> 00:24:30.519
  • as we are faint of heartin this chaotic world
  • 00:24:30.552 --> 00:24:36.258
  • gone absolutely mad.
  • 00:24:36.291 --> 00:24:39.528
  • Our heart's breaking.
  • 00:24:39.561 --> 00:24:41.963
  • We can barelytolerate the news some days.
  • 00:24:41.997 --> 00:24:47.636
  • It causes us to bewomen strong, mighty.
  • 00:24:47.669 --> 00:24:53.441
  • "Take that person and hold themfast by the hand,
  • 00:24:53.475 --> 00:24:57.479
  • "and you lift your chinup and you put
  • 00:24:57.512 --> 00:24:59.981
  • "your shouldersback because I
  • 00:25:00.015 --> 00:25:02.517
  • have given you provision."
  • 00:25:02.551 --> 00:25:08.156
  • Remember this?
  • 00:25:08.189 --> 00:25:09.791
  • "Off you go, Hagar.
  • 00:25:09.824 --> 00:25:11.793
  • You and Ishmael, off you go."
  • 00:25:11.826 --> 00:25:14.763
  • All man can offer ourthirst is a skin of water.
  • 00:25:14.796 --> 00:25:18.433
  • Anybody understandwhat I'm saying?
  • 00:25:18.466 --> 00:25:21.303
  • We're talking abouthydrology theology.
  • 00:25:21.336 --> 00:25:24.506
  • Everybody just goahead and say it.
  • 00:25:24.539 --> 00:25:25.840
  • It's such a fun thing to say.
  • 00:25:25.874 --> 00:25:27.175
  • Hydrology theology.
  • 00:25:27.208 --> 00:25:29.678
  • And we're looking at all sortsof vessels for water.
  • 00:25:29.711 --> 00:25:33.715
  • We're talkingabout cisterns.
  • 00:25:33.748 --> 00:25:36.685
  • They collect water from where?
  • 00:25:36.718 --> 00:25:40.322
  • We're talking about wells.
  • 00:25:40.355 --> 00:25:41.690
  • They collect it from where?
  • 00:25:41.723 --> 00:25:43.558
  • And then what does spring do?
  • 00:25:43.592 --> 00:25:45.860
  • Just bubbles up.
  • 00:25:45.894 --> 00:25:47.829
  • And then there'sof course always this.
  • 00:25:47.862 --> 00:25:50.699
  • Because see, man was notcreated by God to answer
  • 00:25:50.732 --> 00:25:57.372
  • to the soul thirstof another human.
  • 00:25:57.405 --> 00:26:03.378
  • They can't do it.
  • 00:26:03.411 --> 00:26:06.448
  • This is what they can do.
  • 00:26:06.481 --> 00:26:08.450
  • They can get waterfrom the well themselves.
  • 00:26:08.483 --> 00:26:12.687
  • The more I go to the welland the more I draw from it,
  • 00:26:12.721 --> 00:26:16.458
  • then the more I have to giveand then I'm able to pour
  • 00:26:16.491 --> 00:26:19.694
  • a little something in for mydaughters, for my grandkids,
  • 00:26:19.728 --> 00:26:23.898
  • for my staff or people I serve,somebody in the grocery store.
  • 00:26:23.932 --> 00:26:28.370
  • I got this.I got this.
  • 00:26:28.403 --> 00:26:31.039
  • This I can give you,this I can give you,
  • 00:26:31.072 --> 00:26:33.341
  • but I can't give you this.
  • 00:26:33.375 --> 00:26:36.511
  • All I can dowith this is tell you,
  • 00:26:36.544 --> 00:26:39.280
  • "That's where I got it.
  • 00:26:39.314 --> 00:26:41.316
  • That's where I got it."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • We understandphysical thirst.
  • 00:26:55.263 --> 00:26:57.065
  • Okay, we know, "I've gotto have something to drink.
  • 00:26:57.098 --> 00:26:59.634
  • "I've got to haveliquid in my mouth.
  • 00:26:59.668 --> 00:27:01.403
  • I've got to."
  • 00:27:01.436 --> 00:27:02.737
  • But what the Word of God
  • 00:27:02.771 --> 00:27:04.072
  • tells us isthat every single one of us
  • 00:27:04.105 --> 00:27:06.007
  • were created with a soul thirst,
  • 00:27:06.041 --> 00:27:09.444
  • and nothing can get usin more trouble
  • 00:27:09.477 --> 00:27:13.815
  • than being confused about whatcan satiate that soul thirst.
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