On Sunday I was teaching a class about Absalom’s revolt and a couple verses brought up an interesting question.
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En-rogel. A female servant was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they were not to be seen entering the city. 18 But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So both of them went away quickly and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard. And they went down into it. 19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it.
II Samuel 17:17-19 ESV
How was the woman able to hide the well by simply covering it up and scattering grain on it? Wouldn’t you be able to see the shape of the well?
This made me think of a well that I saw during my first trip to Israel. The well is near Bet Guvrin in The Shephelah.
You can now imagine how the well in the courtyard at Bahurim could be covered up with a cloth and grain.
Of course I am now thinking of other wells in Israel and here is a link to another post that I wrote about wells: Two Well Known Wells