I want to spend a few days pondering the encounter Jesus had with the Samaritan woman He met at the well.
And He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4:4-7 NASB)
Many of you know the story. Jesus and the boys were on their way from Jerusalem, in the south, back up north to their stomping grounds in the region of Galilee.
Most good Jews of the day, I am told, making the same trip, would take the long way around and avoid Samaria because Jews, as a rule, hated the Samaritans.
Here are some of the rules Jesus broke in this phrase “Give Me a drink.”
- Jewish men did not go through Samaria
- Jewish men did not speak to Samaritans
- Jewish men did not address women they did not know.
- Jewish men did not skip lunch.
This is the kind of thing that made the Pharisees so angry with Him. He was always breaking with tradition and ignoring their religious ways.
I am convinced that Jesus came through Samaria specifically for this woman. The reason He did not skirt the area and avoid the region was He had a divine appointment with a woman.
Most men who saw this woman saw – well what did they see?
She was on her sixth man.
Was it bad choices – addicted to the wrong kind of man?
Was she impossible to live with?
Was she a dangerous cook?
What was the problem?
I love that Jesus does not go there at all. He saw, not her problem, but her need. She needed living water, a fountain of life bubbling up in her soul to break this cycle of spiritual and relational death. [Tweet This]
Do you need a drink from this well? Come to Jesus today and drink freely of the water of life. If so, call someone you know to be a Christian, or check out this post (Do You Have Security? Wheat and Tares – Part 7) and you will learn how.
Do you see places you can offer the water that is bubbling up out of you? Put down your prejudices and let it flow!
See you tomorrow.