A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah
John 4:1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
In John 4:4 there is a word that stands out – needed. Jesus needed to go to Samaria, he had a requirement, necessary duty, an obligation there. So much so, that He went miles out of His way to get there for His appointment with a certain woman. The great news is, He goes out of His way for us too.
John 4:5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
Samaritans were a group of Jewish people who settled North of Judah. Due to war, people of other cultures and religions settled in their land and they began to inter- marry. The Jews from Judea looked at them as impure Jews, they hated them and would go far out of their way to avoid them. Not Jesus, He came for all.
John 4:7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
We find ourselves witnessing an interesting encounter. Women were the water gatherers and they normally came to draw water in the mornings and in the evenings. Our Samaritan woman is at the town well at noon, in the heat of the day. This tells us something important, that she was avoiding the other women. Ever find yourself i that spot,wanting to avoid anybody and everybody?
John 4:9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
At this moment I wonder if here thought was “Gift from God, seriously, every man says that.” Then she does what all women do well, begins to tell him what He is doing wrong –
- I am a Samaritan and you are a Jew, you should not be speaking to me
He gives her an even stranger answer –
John4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
John 4:11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
She begins to question Him again pointing a few other points she feels could be incorrect-
- You have nothing to draw the water with, where is you container?
- Where are you getting this living water?
- Are you saying you are greater than Jacob, the man who dug this well?
Jesus speaks these unbelievable words –
John4:13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
She believes that Jesus is offering her actual water, some kind of special water, that once she drinks it she will never be physically thirsty again. She was thrilled at the idea of never making her daily trip to the well in the stifling heat again.
She says, “I’m in, I’ll take some of this living water.” She doesn’t realize that the living water He is offering is for her heart and soul. It is a drink that He offers us as well, will we tip the glass and take a sip?
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