Saturday, July 10, 2021
11-12 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?”
13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. But, 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 an endless life.”
15 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!”
16 He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”
17-18 “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.”
19-20 “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?” -John 4:11-20 The Message.
The conversation carries on from verses 7-10. After Jesus asks for a drink, she is baffled by Jesus asking for a drink. The history of Samaritans and Jews was intense at the time, and she believed that a Jew shouldn’t be talking to her, but Jesus didn’t care about the history between Samaritans and Jews. He broke barriers that most people won’t try to break. Have conversations, understand things that most people choose not to understand. That’s what we need in the world now.
Continuing to verse 11, the woman said that Jesus has nothing to draw the water from and the well is deep. So she starts to question who Jesus is. She is already confused about who Jesus is and what is the living water Jesus mentioned. The living water is different from the water that we drink. When we are thirsty or hungry, we eat and drink so we can be complete. The living water is the same, except what we eat and drink is physical. The living water is our souls, our spiritual food, and water. When our souls need spiritual food and water, it is Jesus, it is the bible, it is prayer, it is education, it is meditation. We do not deprive ourselves of food and water physically; why should we do it spiritually? The woman was never taught about the living water and its concept, of course, until now. The woman believed that if she gets the water, she will never have to go to the well again to get water. Jesus is talking spiritual water. She would have to go to the well to continue to get water for a physical drink. But the spiritual water will give her a different aspect of life. It may not be easy to live with, but it is worth learning about the word and feeding our souls spiritually.
The most important thing out of this study today is verses 16-20. Of course, the verses we cover are essential, but the lesson is hiding from Jesus, and that’s what the woman is doing. She quickly realized that Jesus knew about her private life, so what does she do? She changes the subject very soon because it is an uncomfortable topic to cover for her. The issue doing this is, there is no trust. We keep private, so no one will know about our sins or anything going on in our lives. With Jesus, we should be telling these things to him. I let Jesus know of my sins because he sees them every day. It is nothing to hide from him. But do I go out in public and say it? I don’t. Why don’t I? I don’t because nobody asks me about sin. Now, if I am in a conversation with someone with similar sins, I share it then, but I don’t go out unannounced and share all my skeletons in the closet. Keep the conversation back to Christ gently. It is the opportunity of a lifetime if we can keep the discussion close to home. It can bring new life to someone, and it can bring new followers to Christ.
Father, thank you for life groups. A lot of them exist because they talk about life, and they know it is essential. I pray everyone is encouraged to share life with a trusted group. I do, and I am thankful for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen!