The Woman at the Well. Jesus and his disciples traveled through Samaria on their way back to Galilee. Jesus stopped at a place called Jacob’s well. While he rested there, his disciples went into the city to buy food. John 4:4-6 “Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.”
A woman came to the well to draw water. She was a Samaritan, a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. She was at the well at the hottest point of the day to avoid talking or seeing the other townspeople. John 4:7-26 “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink? Jesus answered her, if you knew the gift of God 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 flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him 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 fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, 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 spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
Jesus uses water as a metaphor to teach this woman. He speaks about the living water, which gives eternal life. The woman craves this type of water because she wants eternal life. Jesus revealed to her that he knew all her sins. She was given the opportunity to have those sins forgiven.
John 4:39 “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” The woman not only believes he is truly the Messiah, she repents and goes back to tell her family, friends, and neighbors how she met Jesus and his offer of living water, which brings eternal life. She went on to lead many conversions in this area through her love of God.
I personally love this story because I know that God sees me where I am and still loves me. He offers grace, mercy and forgiveness. He extends to everyone the living water so we may not thirst but have eternal life.
“’Come!’ and let anyone thirsting come; let anyone who wishes take life’s water free.” Revelation 22:17