We will be spending each day in the month of July reading a portion of the book of John. Read the scripture text for the day and then share a comment about it in the comments section. We look forward to interacting with one another as we allow the Word of God to speak to us.
4 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
They that worship must worship in spirit and truth! Only those that have the revelation of the truth of who our savior is can connect to the fullest
26 Jesus saith unto her, “I that speak unto thee am he.”
I just think of how that Samaritan women must have felt when Jesus spoke these words. She had to have had a flood of emotions run over her in that moment. Nonetheless, Jesus knew she would be there that day, at that time and that he had to speak with her. Her past and current circumstances didn’t stop Jesus from giving this women a chance of having everlasting life.
Jesus first reveals himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She had been married and divorced several times and Jesus chose her to speak to. She had a lot working against her but Jesus decided to reach for her anyway. The things that others hold against us doesn’t impact Gods desire to reach and save us.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
The “woman at the well” wasn’t aware that she was being told of something that would literally shake the nation and the entire world!
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
What stuck out to me was that the women heard that she would have water and never thirst and she said she would never have to come to the well again! She thought all her problems would be solved and no one would see her faults and she could just escape from her troubles… but that’s when Jesus began to expose those things she wanted to hide!
Jesus didn’t care that the Samaritans were different, that they were separated! We should be like Jesus and want to save all people no matter who they are!
The uniqueness of the story about the woman at the well, is only found in John. Here is the only place in the Gospel’s, that Jesus completely reveals Himself. John 4:25 ¶ The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. 26 ”Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!” Peter declared it in Matthew, however, it was by revelation. But here, Jesus clearly reveals His divine nature.
What stuck out to me in this is that in verse 4 God said He needed to go to Samaria. Samaria was not a place Jewish people traveled. In verse 9 the Samaritan woman was a little shocked that Jesus was even speaking to her because Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans but Jesus saw a place and a woman who needed salvation and made it a point to go there to let her know she could be saved that the Messiah was here. Jesus went to a place others would not travel. It made me think of places maybe I would not go because of the people or area that it was. Jesus didn’t just pray for the people but He went Himself to let them know salvation was coming for them. What places or people do we stay away from and not share the good news of the gospel because we don’t associate with them, agree with them, like them, or maybe are to scared to go to a certain area fearing something might happen. This passage has challenged my thinking on that.
Jesus responded to the Samaritan woman and said “if you only knew the gift God has for you….” I believe Jesus looks at every single one of his children in the same way. Sometimes we may not be able to see it, but if we could just hold on and continue to trust in him, we will experience and live in the gifts he has planned for us.
The Samaritan woman thought she could fill a void that would satisfy her thirsting soul,so she found love in all of the wrong places.
Jesus said” But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
She went to the well to get water, but Jesus changed her life.
Only Jesus can quench our thirsting soul.
I love how this woman responds to Jesus. She is honest and humble not offended at what He says to her. She sees past her present condition knowing there is something special about Him and passes this on to others.