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

Although the past, the traditions cloud her mind and blind her spiritual eyes Jesus is patient and allows her time to think, still focused on her physical needs. (Part 2)

In this dry, arid region of the world Jesus uses the Samaritan woman’s need for physical water to sustain life as an object lesson . . . (Part 3)

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The dialogue continues between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman:

The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw." (John 4: 15)

Jesus captures her interest by striking a chord in her heart by identifying the thirst of her soul.

The Woman reveals that she is "thirsty" and perhaps weary of her repeated trips to a well that does not satisfy. She wants rest, she wants a peaceful soul, she wants what He is offering.

Notice what she doesn’t say . . .

. . .  she doesn’t ask what she must do;

. . . she recognizes that He is the Giver.

 But the conversation abruptly changes! And this is where it gets uncomfortable,

we squirm,

we duck,

conviction makes us run,

we turn from the blessings that Christ offers and return to what is comfortable, the place where we don’t squirm, the place we hate  . . .

. . .  our sin.

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."  John 4:16,17,18

Jesus identifies for her that there is a barrier — there is an unresolved issue that prevents her from receiving the ‘water’ Jesus promises to give her.

That barrier is unconfessed sin.

I wonder what went through her mind in perhaps a ‘pregnant’ pause that followed. Did her mind do a quick rewind, remembering the men, her broken heart from broken relationships, the empty promises that she nor the ‘husbands’ kept?

Did the complete despair of an empty life and extreme loneliness bubble up to the top of her soul as Christ dredged her heart with a promise of relief and transformation?

I picture a gentle conversation, a soothing voice, and prying eyes

a voice without condemnation,

just acknowledgment, and

His persistent desire for the woman to dip her heart into His well of eternal life.

 

 

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