He said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." (John 4:16 NASB)
Just what she did not want to hear?
This unsuspecting Samaritan woman comes to the well, as she has done for decades, to draw water for her household.
She had been chatting with this foreigner, this Jewish man for a few minutes now, and He was hitting her with some metaphors that she was just not picking up on.
Time to bring it – Jesus looks her in the eye and hears the voice of the Spirit whisper – tell her to call her husband.
Time out for a brief theology moment
You might be thinking, Jesus knew this woman’s past because He is God, and you would be wrong.
Jesus knew this woman’s past because He was flowing in the River of Living Water (the Holy Spirit) the same way you or I can know things in Him.
Jesus said this:
For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me. (John 12:49-50 NASB)
Now back to our regularly scheduled blog
So they had been bantering back and forth about this Living Water metaphor, when Jesus brings it out of the theoretical imagination she was toying with [Hey – if no one gets thirsty then I don’t have to drag this pitcher back and forth from here to there every day] directly to where her particular bucket was leaking.
She had a busted relationship bucket. She had a God given longing for intimacy which she was trying to draw from the wrong well. She just didn’t seem to be able to get this thing right.
Five broken vows and now life with no promise at all.
But up walks this Jew from Nazareth and she can taste the hope dawning, just beyond the horizon. [Tweet This]
Is your bucket leaking today?
There is a source that can satisfy every longing of your heart.
But it might just get a little uncomfortable because all the leaks will be exposed before they can be repaired.
Are you ready for living water? (even if it hurts at first?)