Let us understand the great offer that is set before this Samaritan woman. If we were a businessperson, in the market to purchase a brand new automobile and this master salesperson was standing before us making us the greatest offer of a lifetime. Offering to give us this brand new automobile FREE if only we would except His offer of what is not seem but guaranteeing that it would run for a life time and never need to stop at a gas station to be refilled, would you be willing to take Him up on it? This is the type of offer, that Jesus was making to this Samaritan woman.
We as human beings require water daily because sooner or later we will become thirsty. Jesus was offering water from Jacob’s well to satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily. All type of drinks in this world will never satisfy our thirst. As a matter of fact, some of them create even more thirst. The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction. Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair. But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether. Jesus’ water continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within us, giving us eternal life. The fift that Jesus gives this perpetual spring, suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for believers.
Now here is this Samaritan’s woman story as she challenges Jesus on how He is going to give her something that she cannot see. This is how Jesus humbly deals with the woman. “7-8A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)
Two facts are unusual about this woman’s action. (1). the woman could have gone to a closer well. (We have discovered that Scholars have identified wells that were much closer to Sychar); (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler. This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women. It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but Jesus said, “Please give me a drink.”
9The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a
drink?” (Jews in those days would not be caught dead talking to Samaritans.) It was known that a Jewish male would not even speak to a Samaritan woman. This woman in particular had a bad reputation and this was a public place. To make matters worse, a Jew would not even be caught, drinking from a Samarian’s cup. The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched. In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus time considered the Samaritans permanently unclean.
Now listen to how Jesus addressed the issue, “10Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” This woman was very ignorant of the gift God had for her, the gift of life, represented by living water, and she did not know the giver, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus makes an extraordinary offer to this woman, living water that would quench her thirst forever.
11-12The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
Jesus’ remark concerning “living water” produced several practical questions in the mind of the Samaritan woman. Like Nicodemus, she did not immediately sense the depth of Jesus’ words. Obviously, if this living water was at the bottom of the well, Jesus was in no position to offer it because he had no rope or bucket for drawing it. She began to wonder if Jesus had access to some source of water other than Jacob’s well. She asked if he thought he was greater than their ancestor Jacob and could somehow offer better water. Perhaps the woman sensed in Jesus words a probable dishonoring of the well provided by their great ancestor. On the other hand, perhaps the woman was beginning to have some inkling of who Jesus was claiming to be. He certainly accepted her in a way that must have challenged her thinking.
13-14Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
15The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!” This woman’s response reveals that she took Jesus’ words literally. The woman must have been thrilled to think that this man could give her water that really quenches thirst and would not have to be drawn from a sell. Obtaining water was hard work, requiring trips to the well twice a day and carrying heavy jars full of water home. If she had some of that water, she would never be thirsty again and wouldn’t have to haul water every day.
This concludes the first part of this woman’s story, we will pick this back up in part two when Jesus tells the woman these words, 16He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”
Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.
you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.
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