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)

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. (Part 4)

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I think the Samaritan Woman has an idea that Jesus isn’t just talking about simple water from a simple well. She is uncomfortable because Jesus seems to know her.

He knows her past.

He knows her present.

He knows her future.

She quickly changes the subject!

Sir, I perceived that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. (John 4:19-20)

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But Jesus remains focused on His agenda:

Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know, we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The Woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.
(John 4: 21-25, emphasis added)

The Samaritan Bible was the 1st five chapters of the Old Testament. They refused all other revelations that the Jews did accept.

Let’s unpack what Jesus discloses to her:

The place of worship is not important but the attitude is important: “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth”

The Messiah would be a Jew: “salvation is of the Jews” and the timing ” now is”

Jesus is not playing a lofty game of  ‘hide & seek’ — He is completely revealing God’s plan. No secrets, no special knowledge nor education required to receive or understand. Jesus is speaking clearly — laying out God’s plan for salvation to the lowliest of people in the Ancient World.

A Samaritan

A Woman

An unmarried {unclean}, adult Woman

Jesus said to her, I who speak to you am He.”

Jesus forthrightly declares Himself to be Messiah, unlike His habit of avoiding such declarations. In fact, the “He” in this verse is not the original Greek for Jesus. He literally said, “I who speak to you am”. Sound familiar?

It did to her.

The usage is the OT “I AM”. The Samaritan Woman would make the connection to Exodus 3:14. It was from her Bible.

Jesus spoke to her in a particular way so she would know Him.

No secrets

No mediator

No formal education necessary

Jesus is that simple.

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