While pondering what to write this week, the story of the Samaritan women at the well came to mind. She awoke one morning and went about her daily routine. She journeyed to Jacob’s well to draw water for household. Little did she know that she would meet the Messiah at Jacob’s well.
Jesus fatigued from his journey rested at the well while his disciples went to the city to buy food. The Jews and Samaritans did not interact so this was not a likely scenario for Jesus, a Jew, to be in Samaria. However, Jesus was not constrained by what was socially correct. While there, the woman of Samaria went to draw water at Jacob’s well. Jesus asked the Samaritan women for a drink of water. She asked him, “How is it that you, a Jew ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?’ Jesus replied to her, “If you new the gift of God and who it is that is saying to, “Give me a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The Samaritan woman is confused because Jesus doesn’t have anything to draw water with and the well is very deep. She asked him, “Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal Life."
Stream in Israel photo by Sharon Moye
The Samaritan woman said to him, “Sir give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” She does not realize it yet, but she has just encountered the Messiah of the World! True living water! Jesus proceeds to talk to the Samaritan woman and tells her to go back to her village and get her husband. She then informs Jesus that she doesn’t have a husband. Jesus, knowing all, concurs and tells her that the man she is living with is indeed not her husband, but that she has had five previous husbands. Nothing is hidden from Jesus. The Samaritan woman, now believing that Jesus is a prophet, tries to change the subject. She asks Jesus his view regarding a difference in belief between the Jews and the Samaritans. She tells Jesus that our ancestors worshiped God on the mountain they were standing on at the well, but the Jews worship God at the temple in Jerusalem. Who is right?
Jesus shares, “Believe me woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain not there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming – it has, in fact, come – when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for; those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself- Spirit.
Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. The woman said, “ I don’t know about that. I do know the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story. ‘I am He.’ Said Jesus. ‘You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further. ”
John 4:21-26 The Message
The disciples returned from the city and were shocked that Jesus was talking with the Samaritan woman. She left the scene leaving her water pot sharing her encounter with Jesus to her village. Many believed her testimony and others asked Jesus to stay longer and entrusted their lives to him after they heard for themselves. He is the Living Water, the Savior of the World!
I am so thankful for a Savior that meets us exactly where we are. He loved the Samaritan woman and cared for her deeply. Don't miss any opportunities this week to love people just the way they are.. Listen.. Love...Listen... Love... Let the Living Water, Holy Spirit, Flow....
May others be drawn to the True Living Water, Jesus.
“Whoever Believes in me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38