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The Woman At The Well
Obv, Mary and Joseph knew that Jesus was the Son of God. But who did Jesus choose to tell first that He’s the Messiah to just your average Joe? Oh, wait… yeah, I knew I liked Him.
Let’s dive into John 4, I’m using the Message translation btw. So, Jesus shows up in Sychar which is a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jesus is worn out by the trip so he sat down at the well.
“A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, ‘Would you give me a drink of water?’ The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, ‘How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?’ (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
Jesus answered, ‘If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.’
The woman said, ‘Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?’”
I grew up a preacher’s daughter. I saw the best and the worst of the church. But all I’m seeing now is me jumping in to give my input in the middle of the story just like my dad used to! 😂
So here’s where I’m at, this woman at the well doesn’t live in a time period that’s easy for women, especially when it comes to speaking what’s on their mind, and I think Jesus is enjoying her wit and company.
“Jesus said, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst - not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.’
The woman said, ‘Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!’
He said, ‘Go call your husband and then come back.’
‘I have no husband,’ she said.
That’s nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now isn’t even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.’”
Baby girl, passed the test. And I think Jesus has this half-smile on his face right now.
“‘Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?’
‘Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming - it has, in fact, come - when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of the truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself - Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.’
The woman said, ‘I don’t know about that. I do know the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.’
‘I am he,’ said Jesus. ‘You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.’“
Can you imagine this moment? The power in it, the Son of God, choosing the woman at the well to be the very first person he tells that He is the Messiah. Wow.
"Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it. The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told people, ‘Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?’ And they went out to see for themselves.”
Ugh. Nasty looks from the disciples because Jesus is talking to that kind of woman. It was so bad that she had to leave. And in confusion, she left her water pot. Nope. She left that pot on purpose. Bye, Disciples, Hello, Jesus’ Living Water.
She went back to the village and she told people about Jesus. She was someone that Jesus knew the entire village would listen to and trust with the most important news of their lives.
I heard a preacher on the radio say that Jesus chose this woman because she had many husbands and got around. I went back and forth on including this because I don’t want to degrade anyone online whether you’re a preacher or not. But she didn’t deserve to be degraded either. So this is for The Woman At The Well and a Christ who chose her for her beauty, articulation, smarts and spirit. And I’m so thankful, that’s the Christ that chooses me and you too.