Thursday, December 31, 2015

Like the Woman at the Well

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“Like the woman at the well…I was seeking for things that could not satisfy…And, then I heard my Savior speaking…Draw from that well that never shall run dry…Fill my cup, Lord…I lift it up Lord…Come and quench this thirsting of my soul…Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more…Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole…”  (song lyrics from Fill My Cup, Lord)

Please first read John 4:4-26, 28-30, 39-42.

There are many people in this world who are like the Samaritan woman.  Perhaps, you can identify with her.  Maybe, you know someone like her.  Or, she may have even been you at one time in the past.

This woman was minding her own business when Jesus came up to her during the day.  He initially asked her, "Will you give me a drink?" (v 8)

She didn't understand the reason He would even talk with her.  She was a Samaritan woman, and He was a Jewish man.  Back in those days, the Jews did not associate with the Samaritans. (v 9)

However, after talking with Him for some time, she realized that He knew more about her than she knew about Him.  How could that be at that particular time?  She didn't even know Him.  He was a complete stranger to her.  Yet, He knew her and told her everything about herself during that daytime encounter at the well.

Let's read part of their conversation for a moment.

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.   God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

(John 4:10-26, NIV – emphasis added mine)

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