Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Perhaps the most horrifying words in all of Scripture: “Depart from me”.
The setting here is the Great White Throne Judgement of God. The judgement of the lost – those that did not receive Christ as their Savior.
The judge is Jesus Christ and He will judge the lost from the Lamb’s Book of Life. Only those who have put their faith and trust in Christ and Christ alone will find their names contained in this Book.
The subjects here are the lost from all time. From history past, from today, from the Tribulation period and from the Millennial Kingdom. One final judgement of the lost. (Revelation 20)
The verdict is eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire.
However – there is Hope! Our hope is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Belief and acceptance in the free gift of salvation. Notice what the lost in Matthew 7:22 put their faith in: Have WE not prophesied, have WE not cast out devils, have WE not done many wonderful works? Their faith was in their WORKS – However their fate was determined NOT by their works but by the Lambs’s Book of Life – in Christ alone!
Isaac returns to his father’s land in the area of Gerar of the Philistines during the time of famine. He finds that the wells that his father, Abraham had dug were now filled in and Isaac sets about on the task of re-opening these wells.
1. Over time – wells become clogged.
A. They may become clogged by sin in our lives.
B. They may become clogged by others.
** Not necessarily clogged by ‘bad things’ – but may just have become clogged up by the demands of life (Luke 14:16-24)
2. Notice that Isaac returned to His Father’s Wells
A. He knew WHERE to return – we need to return to the Joy of our Salvation
B. He found peace there – he stayed and dwelt there once again. (Genesis 26:25)
3. The Significance of the Well’s Names
A. Abraham’s Wells:
1) Beer-lahai roi = “of Him who seeth and loveth me”
2) Beer- sheba = the covenant
B. Isaac’s Wells:
1) Esek = contention
2) Sitna = hatred
** Isaac found satisfaction at the original wells, but found difficulty in digging new ones.
4. The Holy Spirit is our Well of Water
A. He is to be ‘springing up’
B. He is to be constant (Isaiah 58:11)
C. He is placed within (John 7:38-39)
Pastor of Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Dillsburg PA