Woman at the Well (Part 2)

By Patrick Hawthorne



For all of John chapter 4 please click here…



In part 1 we learned that the Jews and the Samaritan’s had a deep loathe for one another.  Because of this loathe, Jews would go out of their way to avoid contact with the Samaritans.  Yet, in verse 4 we see that Jesus needed to go through Samaria.  Why would that be?

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria. (John 4:1-4 NKJV)

In today’s vernacular we throw out the word, “need,” like we throw out stale bread.  “I need to go here…I need to do this…I need to do that.  Many of the things that should be labeled as a want or a desire have been reclassified as a need.  To the contrary, the ‘need’ written of in verse 4 is not one of a personal desire but by definition is an actual need or a necessity.  In other words, it was the fulfilment of a responsibility.

Jesus did not need to go through Samaria simply to shave off time while in route to Galilee.  No, His need was Godly in nature.  His need was to fulfill the will of His Heavenly Father.  We see this in verse 34 of the same chapter, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work…”’

Jesus is our example.  He is our guiding light to show us the manner in which we should live.  Jesus is the grace written of in Titus 2:11-12 who came to this world in order to teach us how to live holy, righteously, and Godly lives in this present age.  Yes, He died for us, but His main mission was to teach us how to live for Him.

Some suggest that Jesus knew in advance that He was going to meet up with the woman in Samaria.  I have my doubts.  From all indications, Jesus only knew that He had a divine appointment in Samaria.  Beyond that, I don’t think He knew with whom.

Again, He is our example.  Whatever the Holy Spirit told Jesus to do, He did.  Wherever the Holy Spirit told Jesus to go, He went.  He did not always know the entire plan in advanced and had to walk by faith just as He teaches us to do.  I believe the same applies with this encounter.

The lesson learned is this.  We may not always know the reason why we feel compelled to go somewhere or do something for the Lord, but He does.  Our business is to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and obedient to His will.  It is our Heavenly Father’s job to fit the puzzle pieces together.

Now, the question remains, “Why would He be sent?”  Look at John 4:25.   The woman said to Jesus, “I know that Messiah is coming, (who is called Christ.) “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”  It appears that the Samaritan woman was watching for the coming of Messiah.  I believe this divine encounter was primarily due to her attitude of expectation.  We will get into more of the details of the encounter in my next post.  Until then, be blessed.

Part 1:  https://servinggrace.com/2016/12/19/woman-at-the-well-part-1/


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18 comments on “Woman at the Well (Part 2)
  1. This was really well said. I like what you said about needs. I have a ton of “needs”, not selfish at all, but rather responsibilities I think I must fulfill. In truth however, they really aren’t God’s needs at all. For the most part, all I have to do is honor God. It’s wonderful to set that burden down. I sometimes say, God’s work would get done much better if we weren’t always so busy…allegedly doing God’s work.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    Still liking this Patrick. I think there is another lesson here, besides your really great one. If a person is seeking truth with their heart? God will send a person to tell them. God knows what fields are ready for the harvest and will send a believer to harvest.

    Great start and I can’t wait for more!

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  3. Ahhhh… You are slightly ahead of me. That will be coming later around verse 25. I don’t know how many parts there will be, but I’m guessing quite a few.


  4. dawnlizjones says:

    “He did not always know the entire plan in advanced and had to walk by faith just as He teaches us to do. ” I guess I never thought about Jesus having to live by faith in the realm of time, ie, not seeing the whole picture, but having to rely on the Holy Spirit. Once again, another example of how He became like us!

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  5. SLIMJIM says:

    May we follow His example of being at where God wants us to be. However awkward socially it may be.


    • True that….I was in a situation today that was Holy Spirit orchestrated. I was in the right place at the right time.

      There have been a couple of times where I just felt an overwhelming unction to go to a location but had no clue why. In every case, the Holy Spirit would bring the person to me. I just had to be obedient and go.

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  6. I read the first part and now this one and I’ve come away with several hidden gems and messages from this. It doesn’t matter who or where you are, when God wants to reach you, he will. I’ll have to come and finish the rest of the series.


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