By Patrick Hawthorne
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5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. (John 4:5-8 NKJV)
The Scriptures tell us that God’s written Word was given to man by inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16). It is my personal belief that God’s written Word was given in such a way that it contains layers. By this, I believe that while a verse of Scripture will have a core meaning, it will also contain within itself multiple layers of truth that can be peeled back like an onion to reveal the heart of the Father.
Take the opening verses above as an example. On the surface, these three verses might not seem too very significant to the story other than an introduction. However, if you allow the process of letting the Word study you versus you studying the Word, you will find little hidden Holy Spirit nuggets that He wishes you to discover. By allowing the Word to study you, all religious and personal views are stripped away. It is then up to you to accept whether or not you will believe what you are reading versus what your particular theological view tells you to believe.
Notice that Jesus came to the city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. This plot of ground, as found in Genesis 33:18-20 was, (amongst other important historical and Biblical events), the location where Jacob built an altar unto the Lord. The name inscribed on the altar was “El Elohe Israel,” meaning “God, the God of Israel.”
This is very important because it goes back to covenant terms. Part of a blood covenant is the exchanging of names. Just prior to purchasing this plot of land, Jacob had an encounter with the Lord in the form of a wrestling match (Genesis 32). At the end of the match, the Lord changed Jacob’s name to Israel (El meaning God) and reaffirms the blessing of the covenant He made with Jacob back in chapter 28.
Now…Consider this. Out of all the history that occurred in this one location, why does the author only mention that it was the place that was given to Joseph by Jacob? From Joshua 24:32 we know that Josephs bones were buried in this area but is there more to the story than just a history lesson? I believe there is and it is not what has been typically taught.
In my next post we will delve into the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman. Until then, begin thinking about Joseph. Is there a correlation between the encounter with the woman and with Joseph, son of Jacob? We shall see. Until next time, be blessed.