The Samaritan Woman

Door B B Koster gepubliceerd in Theologie

The Woman of Samaria (part 1)

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (John 4:7-9) NASB.

The disciples had gone away to buy food because they were hungry and Jesus is waiting. He knows the life of the woman from Samaria and He is the only One who can give her eternal life and joy. There she comes by herself in the heat of the day. No chatting with women from her village, on the way to the well. No relieve because the sun is burning on her body. All alone she arrives at Jacob's well...

And while she is welling mild water, Jesus asks her the simply question: "Give Me a drink." For me it's striking that He speaks again with authority! Although Jesus is a Jew, the woman cannot refuse the question because He's asking it in a authoritative way! Jesus is not asking: "please give me a drink, I am thirsty." Do you see the difference?

Again in this story the Son of God shows His authority to this lonely and unhappy woman. She is astonished that a Jewish man is talking to her with authority and she asks the question why he is asking her for a drink, being a Jew. Jesus gives her not the answer she is expecting but instead he gives her a mysterious answer that will make her curious!

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (verse 10)

I'm sure at this point she is totally confused! First this man commands water from her, and now he is telling about the gift of God! The mystery about this man is getting bigger and bigger! Who is this man that is talking about the gift of living water?


The Woman of Samaria (part 2)

She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:11-14) NASB.

For me it's clear that the woman is baffled and doesn't know what to answer, because she questions Jesus how He would well that living water without a tool! But there is no living water at all in a well; there's only streaming, fresh water from a spring!

Then she talks about her patriarch Jacob who gave the well to the Israelite's, and strangely enough she tells about the fact that Jacob, his sons and his cattle drank from the well. My interpretation is that she is revolving around because she is telling about side issues and questions Jesus in an indirect way if He is more that Jacob.

Jesus is not answering her question in a direct way but tells her that everyone who drinks of the water from the well will thirst again. Instead he promises that the water He will give is special because the person who will drink from that water never will thirst again! It will become a well in the woman's life, springing up to eternal life!


The Woman of Samaria (part 3)

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. (John 4:15-19) NASB.

Although Jesus has told her about living water that he gives will become a well in her but still she takes the words literally! In this story she doesn't show lack of intelligence but her answer is not logic. Maybe she missed some important words that Jesus spoke to her about a 'spiritual' well inside someone’s body.

And again Our great teacher avoids her answer but instead He asks her a question with authority! "Go, call your husband and come here" Short and very direct! The woman honestly tells Jesus that she have no husband. I admire this woman a lot because she is honestly telling the truth! She was correct for she had been married five times and now she had just a friend.

Due to warfare, famine, disease, and injury, men in those days dropped like flies. A widow became either a beggar, a prostitute, or another man's wife. (1)

At this point she recognize and admits that Jesus is a prophet; He is the mouth of God, so to speak. But still the woman doesn't see that this Man is the Messiah: God manifested in flesh!


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The Woman of Samaria (part 4)

“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:22-26) NASB.

After the woman admitted that this man is a prophet she is again revolving around and trying to change the subject and starts about 'our' fathers who worshiped in this mountain and what the Jews say  about the city Jerusalem where men ought to worship.

She knew that the temple on nearby Mount Gerizim had been the central place of worship for the Samaritans, rivaling the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans and Jews always argued over which of the two temples was the true place to worship. Basically the woman was talking with Jesus about an issue that interested her. She spoke to him as an intellectual equal, and he responded. (1)

Jesus tells her that very soon the moment will come that the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. You see what Jesus explains as through worship? Think about it because God is spirit!

The woman knows that the Messiah is coming and that He will declare all things to us when He comes. Than the answer of Jesus follows by again a short and authoritative sentence: "I who speak to you am He.”  Wow! She must have gooseflesh all over her body! All the time she didn't recognize Him as the Christ but suddenly her spiritual eyes are opened and in her heart and mind she accepts Him as the Christ and becomes a woman of Faith!

Of course it isn’t incidental that at this point His disciples are coming back from the city where they bought some food. It's striking that Scripture says that no one of the disciples asked a question to Jesus, why He was speaking with this Samaritan woman! At that moment she leaves her water pot by the well to go back where she came from. She must have felt very uncomfortably by the silence that dropped in the moment the disciples arrived. But of course her life was totally changed by the words that Jesus had spoken to her!

Her life is totally changed and she spreads the good news about her encounter with the Messiah. Enthusiastically she invites the men to come with her to the well to see the Messiah called the Christ who told her all the things that she had done. This woman is preaching the news without any shame because she had met her Master and that is all what counts for her! The men listen to her call and follow her out of the city, coming to Him: The Only One Who Speaks With Great Authority because This Man Is God!

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Written by B.B. Koster © - Translated from Dutch by Google; corrected by author.
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16/11/2017 18:31

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