Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Winter 1990

The Wilderness of Beersheba
Charles Haun
Bible Teacher to Body of Christ


The first Biblical reference to the Wilderness of Beersheba is found in Genesis 21:14. Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away with a meager supply. They departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. Hagar lost her way. Trying to make it through, she spent all of her insufficient resources.

There are discoveries to be made in the wilderness. The first key to discovery is Our Seperation. This brings us to discover our own weakness and lack. The second key is Our Need. In which we must adjust to our meager supply. Once we discover that we do not have enough, we must then direct our steps accordingly. This means that we cannot attempt to depend upon our limited supply. Neither should we continually gaze upon its inadequacy. Our direction must be adjusted toward the Lord. Only then we will discover that wonderful relationship of leaning heavily on Him.

Hagar experienced dire need and despair. This was an absolute necessity. The foundation that made this experience possible was the meager provisions that she had. With great provisions we may never discover our real need. Hagar needed God more than she needed water, the most essential element of life.

We go into the wilderness with our "bottle." It contains whatever God's grace and wisdom dictates for that particular time and place. Whatever we may have or move with, all this will be very limited. We focus upon that which God has given us, rather than upon Him. This must be adjusted. Therefore God's unlimited supply must for the present be limited.

Discoveries and beginnings are the characteristics of the Wilderness of Beersheba. Life is to be found here. "And God opened Hagar's eyes, and she saw a well of water," Gen 21:19. In the wilderness, a well of water is life. It meant life to Hagar.

Watch! Be alert! Be aware! Are you in a wilderness now? Could it be the Wilderness of Beersheba? God is there. He is sitting there beside you, as you cry. Your provision has come, the Lord Himself.

Most Christians who come into the Wilderness of Beersheba think that they are going to die. They are not going to die. This wilderness is a place of beginnings, not endings. These will not end their lives there, rather they will experience new beginnings. At least it can be said that they are not supposed to die there. Some may end their lives there, because of unbelief. But it is a place of beginnings, where believers are to find greater degrees of spiritual living, a place where treasures are to be discovered.

Isaac also found life in the Wilderness of Beersheba. "We have found water," reported Isaac's servants. "And he called it Shebah; therefore, the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day," Gen 26:32-33 (NAS). Each of us is to find his own well of life. Abraham had been at this well before his son Isaac. But it was not passed on to Isaac. It was necessary for Isaac to make his own discovery.

The place of water is also a place of rest. The strife over wells which Isaac experienced in Gerar is over. This rest is reflected in the name "Sheba" which means "seven." From this word comes the Hebrew word "shabat" (sabbath),the day of rest.

Rest is a renewing. This relates to the Wilderness of Beersheba as a place of beginnings. The New Covenant is in the picture here. This is enfolded in the name "Sheba", also meaning "oath" (Strong's numbers 7650 - 7652, having to do with repeating an agreement seven times). Abimelech came to Isaac at Beersheba to renew a covenant with him (Gen 21:22-24; 26:26-31).

Abraham discovered water at Beersheba, and that led to a covenant. Isaac discovered water at Beersheba, and that led to a covenant. Hagar discovered water at Beersheba, and that led to a covenant. The covenant made to Hagar contained the adequacy's of God, its Maker, and is represented by the well. This replaced Hagar's spent bottle of water, which represented her inadequacy.

The truths moving in this story are reflected in the Gospel of John, chapter4. Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well and said to her, "I can give you water and you will not get thirsty, any more." She received His words and was brought into the New Covenant. This "well of water springing up into everlasting life" has been provided for the "whosoever" in John 3:16.

Ishmael and his mother found a dwelling place in the Wilderness of Beersheba, and later in the Wilderness of Paran. "And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer," Genesis 21:20.

Why not live in the Wilderness of Beersheba? There is a well of water there. Do you want to leave and go elsewhere? This is a great risk that you take, to leave the well on your own initiative, to take your own direction. You have only this "bottle." If you go out from this well, you most certainly will come into a far worse predicament. Again the water would be spent from the bottle. But here, in this place, you have the well. You cannot take the well with you, (Some try). But you can stay with the well. Do not insist that the Shepherd follow you; rather follow the Shepherd.

Jacob's abode was at Beersheba. Because of deceit, he left the place of the worship of God and went out to another place; a place of idolatry. Many years later Jacob returned to Beersheba. There he "offered sacrifices unto the God of his father, Isaac," Genesis 46:1. Beersheba had been the place of his early blessing. Now it was the place of return and renewal. There God spoke to Jacob (Israel), just as He had to the others at the same place.

Do not leave Beersheba. At least, do not stay away for a long period of time; you will have to return. The process of returning may be costly. It cost Jacob the dearest and nearest to his heart, his wife Rachel (Gen 35:19). It further cost him great bereavement when he was deprived of his son, Joseph(Gen 37:35). Although the path of Jacob, in Gen 35, headed in the direction of Beersheba, he did not then arrive. Later, the death of his father caused him to travel yet closer to Beersheba. But not until the news of Joseph's being alive did Jacob finally arrive in Beersheba.

It takes some of us so long to return. Once there, it becomes a place of renewed dedication to God, and the renewing of God's covenant with the one who has returned.

Beersheba is a place of a return to the altar. Isaac "builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD," Gen 26:25. So when Jacob returns to Beersheba he returns to the altar, he returns to the sacrifice, he returns to the place of seeking God, Gen 46:1.

May this always be true in our lives, when we discover our own inadequacies. Let us go back to the altar, to our surrender, and do again our first works.