John 4:4-19

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For this study the theme is "Grace Where Unexpected"


Today’s Passage is from John 4:4-19

Now he had to go through Samaria. [5] So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. [6] Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. [7] When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" [8] (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) [9] The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. ) [10] 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." [11] "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? [12] 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?" [13] Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, [14] 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." [15] 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." [16] He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." [17] "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. [18] 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." [19] "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. [20] Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."


This narrative is rich with theological depth, showcasing Christ's grace and the transformative power of truth.


In verse 4, we see Jesus' intentional journey through Samaria, a path often avoided by Jews due to deep-seated enmity with Samaritans. This deliberate choice underscores Christ's mission to break down barriers and reach the lost, regardless of cultural divides. His journey to Samaria symbolizes the Gospel's reach to all nations, transcending human prejudices.


As the scene unfolds at Jacob's well, Jesus, wearied from His journey, asks the Samaritan woman for a drink (v. 7). This simple request is profound, illustrating His humility and willingness to engage with those deemed outcasts. Jesus, in His divine wisdom, uses this mundane moment to initiate a conversation of eternal significance.


Verses 9-12 capture the woman's surprise and confusion. She cannot fathom why a Jew would ask her, a Samaritan, for water. Jesus seizes this opportunity to shift the conversation from physical to spiritual thirst. He speaks of "living water" (v. 10), a metaphor for the eternal life and satisfaction found in Him. This living water is a gift from God, offered freely to all who believe.


In verses 13-15, Jesus contrasts the water from the well, which satisfies temporarily, with the living water He provides, quenching spiritual thirst eternally. The woman, still thinking in physical terms, desires this water to ease her daily burdens. Yet, Jesus gently guides her to a deeper understanding of her spiritual need.


The conversation takes a turning point in verses 16-18, as Jesus reveals His knowledge of her personal life, specifically her marital history. This revelation is not to shame her but to demonstrate His divine insight and to bring her to a place of recognition of her spiritual state. The woman's response in verse 19, acknowledging Jesus as a prophet, marks the beginning of her spiritual awakening.


In these verses, we witness the masterful way Jesus engages with individuals. He meets them where they are, uses familiar elements to convey spiritual truths, and gently leads them to a deeper understanding of their need for Him. This passage encourages us to look beyond our immediate needs and recognize our deeper spiritual thirst, only quenchable by the living water Christ offers.


Thank you Father for giving us your Son Jesus. May we grow in our knowledge of him. Amen.