"And God split open the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came out from it. And when he drank, his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore the name of it was called En-hakkore; it is at Lehi to this day."
Doesn't this remind you of God providing water to the Israelites in the wilderness? The name means "The Spring of the One Who Cried Out." Notice the name Samson gave the spring calls attention to his need and dependence. In Isaiah 41:17 the LORD says, "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them." Psalm 120:1 says "In my distress, I called to the LORD, and he answered me."
There is a history in Scripture of individuals naming locations based on experiencing God. In Genesis 22:13-14, after God provided the ram as a substitute for Isaac, "Abraham called the name of that place, "The LORD will provide." In Genesis 28:19, following a dream in which a ladder reached from heaven to earth, Jacob "called the name of that place Bethel," which means house of God. After wrestling with God all night in Genesis 32:24-30, Jacob called the place Peniel, which means "face of God."
Jesus is the fulfillment of all the names given by those who experience God in the OT. As the Living Water, Jesus proclaims "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'" in John 7:37-38.
LORD God, to experience You, I must know Your Son. To know Him is to know the "ladder that reaches from heaven to earth," "the house of God" and the "face of God." He is the "spring of the one who cried out." Thank You, Jesus, for answering when I cried out. Thank You for the river of living water. Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit.
I fear I am more like Peter than I care to admit. Jesus declared that because Scripture said all the disciples would abandon Him, they would. Even though Peter had two sure sources to confirm what was going to happen, he refused to accept it. How often do I refuse to accept the truth just because I do not want it to be true of me?
The passage Jesus refers to being fulfilled is Zechariah 13:7, "'Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,' declares the LORD of hosts. 'Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'" Zechariah 13:1-9 clarifies this statement, the striking of the shepherd is for the purification of the people. Verse 1 says, "On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness." The LORD goes on to say He will remove from Israel the names of idols, the false prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. Verse 9 says, "I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"
Thank You, LORD God, for repeating Yourself throughout Your Word. I am slow to hear and slow to understand. But You make it plainly evident You are the One who provides through Your Son, Your Shepherd. He is the fulfillment of all Scripture. Forgive me for being like Peter and acting as if I knew better than You and Your Word.
A song that came to mind as I was studying these passages. There Is A River