By Patrick Hawthorne
For all of John chapter 4, please click here…
In the previous posts, we learned:
Post 1 – The Jews and Samaritan’s had a deep hatred for each other https://servinggrace.com/2016/12/19/woman-at-the-well-part-1/
Post 2 – Jesus was on a divine assignment that led Him to Samaria https://servinggrace.com/2016/12/21/woman-at-the-well-part-2/
Post 3 – There is a link between Joseph (son of Israel) and the Samaritan woman https://servinggrace.com/2016/12/23/woman-at-the-well-part-3/
Post 4 – The Samaritan woman was expecting the Messiah https://servinggrace.com/2016/12/28/woman-at-the-well-part-4/
The other day I was working on a fence and dropped a screw. It was important that I find that screw because it was in an area where my donkeys graze. The screw was a greenish color and I did not want one of the donkeys to accidentally pick it up thinking it was grass. After looking for a bit and not finding the screw, I said a simple prayer. “Lord, I ask for Your help in finding this screw. Thank You, because I know it will be revealed.”
I looked around for a little longer and said to myself, “Oh well, the Lord will show it to me.” Sure enough, at that very moment I looked up and my eyes rested on the screw. It had fallen in such a way that it was resting about four inches off the ground on a piece of hanging rope.
I’m writing you this because I believe in divine encounters with the Lord. I have many such stories of the Lord revealing Himself to me simply because I was in a state of expectancy or was searching for an answer. As we learned in part, in Post Number 4, the story of the woman at the well is a story of a woman who made some mistakes in life and had a divine encounter with the Lord simply because she dared to ask a question of God. I believe it is also a story of a woman who God knew had a “Send me,” attitude when presented with the truth.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “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.”
Notice that Jesus eases into the conversation concerning God. We could learn from Him on how to engage others in a conversation. The Living Water Jesus is referring to is the Holy Spirit. (See John 7:37-39).
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
This is very interesting. The word, “never,” is a double negative meaning “no, no.” What Jesus is saying is, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never, no not ever, thirst again.” This holy quenching is for all eternity.
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
I love the patience of the Lord. When our lightning fast minds fail to grasp the nature of His intent, He is patient with us. The woman, guided by her flesh, is looking for the easy road. How often do we do that with our Heavenly Father? “Lord, I want to serve you as long as I can do it from my easy chair.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
Let us be careful here to not assign labels to this woman. In that period of time it was not uncommon for men to drop dead like flies. Also, some cultures allow men to divorce their wives for any silly reason. Therefore, there might be a logical reason for her to have had five husbands.
Now, as for the living together, that was a sin. Remember, God is a God of covenant. He takes seriously the vows of marriage which serve as the commitment to one another to forsake self in order that the two may become as one.
One thing I would like to point out. Notice that Jesus was polite in the manner He exposed the woman’s sin. He was not judgmental or harsh. He did not point a finger and call her names. He simply brought the sin to light so that it could be dealt with.
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Some suggest the woman is changing the subject to take the focus off of her sin by arguing religion. I don’t believe that is the case. Jesus has just read the woman’s mail causing her to be astonished. I believe she has become excited because a man of God has just shown up on her door step, so to speak. Also, I can imagine that the power and the anointing on Jesus from the Holy Spirit was getting all over her.
Remember the woman with the issue of blood? She merely touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and power rushed from Him into her causing her to be healed. I’m sure this woman was getting a touch of that same power.
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
Ahhh…This is my favorite part. Can you imagine the Holy Spirit punch she received when Jesus said, “I am?” Armies flew backwards when Jesus uttered those words. Wow!!
The reasoning for the encounter has just been revealed. The woman was expecting Messiah. Not only was she expecting Him, she was looking for answers to some major questions.
Jesus said, “I who speak to you am He.” Jesus knew her heart and knew that she was hungry for more of God. He knew that the woman was searching for answers and He was the answer sent across her path.
Right now, I am a bit sad. The reason being is that so many followers of Jesus have never experienced a relationship with the Lord. Yes, they are believers and are saved, but their relationship with Him is virtually non-existent. Because of religious thought, they have never experienced the joy of sitting outside and having a chat with the Lord about something as simple as a lost screw and then the joy when the Lord shows them that screw for the umpteenth time. They have never felt the overwhelming power of His presence; a presence so thick it can be cut.
27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,
29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
Notice that the woman did not give a rip about the disciples showing up. She had an encounter with Jesus and could not wait to tell others. She left all in order to spread the Good News.
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’
38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
Notice that in verse 39, some believed in Jesus because they saw Jesus in the woman. However, some did not believe Jesus until He revealed Himself to them (verse 41). Different people will come to Jesus in different ways. Some will come to believe by the change they see in us while others will need a more direct approach. Whatever the manner, God knows how to reach the lost.
40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
41 And many more believed because of His own word.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Summary: A few things we can learn from the encounter with the Woman at the Well. There are many more lessons, but I will leave them for you to discover.
- The Holy Spirit will send people across our paths to speak to us if we are looking for answers. He is not limited by land divides or racial divides.
- Going to the lost may mean having to go out of your way. The Gospel is not always convenient nor is the journey always easy.
- Our Heavenly Father knows we can be a mess. So, fess up and get on with your walk.
- You don’t have to be perfect for God to use you. Just be willing and then obedient.
- Don’t judge people by their circumstances. The floozie of today might be the shepherd of the sheep tomorrow.
- God chose a woman to bring the Savior into the world and chose a woman to bring the message of salvation to the lost of Samaria and chose a woman to announce that Jesus was no longer in the tomb.
- What may seem insignificant to you may be the very thing that impacts the world for God. A simple encounter forever changed the life of the Samaritan woman.