In the midst of the Samaritan woman’s daily tasks. Jesus met her.
(Part 1)

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Thus begins two completely different conversations wrapped into one Divine Appointment.  The woman’s focus is the immediate situation ~~ Jewish man speaking to a Samaritan woman it is unthinkable, confounding. She questions him.

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?” (For Jews have no dealings with Saritans.) John 4:9spring-water

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.” John 4:10

Christ’s focus is eternity.

In ancient times living water meant it was moving, bubbling, fresh, safe to drink spring water.  Life giving as opposed to ‘stagnant’ water which would make people and animals sick.

Jesus redirects her focus from a physical need  to her spiritual need.

Most likely she would have know that the Old Testament prophets looked forward to a time when “living waters will flow out of Jerusalem”  Zechariah 14:8. This OT metaphor spoke of the knowledge of God and His grace which provides

cleansing,

spiritual life, and

the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? John 4:11

The woman is curious, perhaps still uncomfortable; still focused on her chore of collecting water, she wants such water to avoid her frequent trips to Jacob’s well.

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?” John 4:12

Although the past, the routines, and the traditions cloud her mind and blinds her spiritual eyes Jesus is patient and allows her time to think, still focused on her physical needs.

Jesus

patiently

waits for her . . .

 

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