The Woman at the Well
John 4:3-4, 6-7 “He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. For he must needs go through Samaria.
Now Jacobs’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”
Why is the woman at the well important?
- the Salvation of every person is important.
- She became a light which brought her city to Christ, though she was an adulteress.
- Because Jesus lets us know that it is not in a place, or because you are a particular people….but He tells that anyone must worship God in Spirit and in truth.
Jesus is passing through Samaria, and was tired, hungry and thirsty. His disciples went into the city to buy some food. And Jesus sat on the well, waiting.
She had come to the well when no one was around, because of what she was; and yet wanted the truth of God’s Word…..even though she was, what she was.
(I am stressing this, because we all begin our journey with the Lord the same way: We are sinners. Maybe we have never done what she did, but sin places us on the same plain….on the way to death.)
“Why do you a Jew ask a drink of me, a Samaritan?” (John 4:9)
It seemed a good question, for the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans,….thinking them defiled.
(The Samaritans were the descendants of the inter marriages of Hebrew and the other nations. Ezra 9:1-2,12)
But Jesus came to save all those who would believe and receive His life.
So, instead of pressing His right to a drink again;…….Jesus speaks to her about “living water”.
John 4:10, 13-14 “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knowest 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.
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
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.”
Her reply was very practical: “Give me that water so I won’t have to come and draw from this well.”
So Jesus brings her a step further toward real life, by dealing with her real problem: “Go get your husband.”
Would she tell the truth?
She replied, “I have no husband”.
John 4:17-18 “….Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said I have no husband:
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”
What would she do now? Run away? Spit on Him? Throw water on Him?
But instead she considered the truth, instead of her feelings,….and spoke to this man of something which was on her heart: worship,….for she knew He was a prophet.
She wanted to know, what was right, in God sight.
This is amazing…..she was being shown for what she was….yet…she is drawn out of herself….because she sees He is a prophet (she still does not see Who He is as Lord and Savior)….but she is being drawn toward more of the truth…
Let me say, that Jesus does this within us….He draws us out of ourselves….our circumstances….toward Him.
“Were they right to worship in this mountain, as their fathers did? Or were the Jews right in saying Jerusalem was the only place to worship God?”
Odd conversation for a woman who had been looking for satisfaction in sexual and romantic emotions.
John 4:21-22 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship;…
…But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:….
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
Right here, could have been a problem; if she did not really want the truth.
(Maybe this was what she had been searching for in those five husbands she’d had.
But to want the truth,….generally, and to face the truth for yourself, is two different things.)
Yet, here again, she does not back away from getting the truth,……of getting that living water;……even when it came to what He would say about herself.
John 4:25-26 “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will teach us all things.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speaketh unto thee am He.”
Jesus had revealed Himself to very few people; but to this woman who wanted the truth, He did.
This shows us the great value the Lord Jesus puts on truth,….and those that seek it.
(John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
When truth is faced, grace is always given….no matter what our background)
This woman was afraid of people….and how they treated her.
Because of that she had come to the well at this time…..and met Jesus.
But hearing the Truth, and from the Messiah……sent her into that same town, to tell all that she would meet, about Christ Jesus.
John 4:29 “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
By her witness, many came to believe on Jesus, too:
John 4:39-42 “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified , He told me all that ever I did.
So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that he would tarry with them: and He abode there two days.
And many more believed because of His own word.
And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Notice, she is not afraid of the townspeople, now. They are not different….she is. She has met the Savior….and believed on Him. (John 1:12, Romans 10:8-13)
What of us? How much do we value the truth, especially for ourselves?
Have we hidden lives we do not want to admit to?
Or are we believing in a doctrine, and that is enough?
The truth is, that everyone who comes to Jesus can find the water of life……
……real satisfaction…..and know for themselves that He is Lord and Savior, for themselves….and show Him to others.