“So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour (noon). A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 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.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus 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 well said, “I have no husband, for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking those who worship Him. 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.” who is called Christ). “When He comes, “He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:5-26)
This is probably one of the longest conversations recorded in the Gospels! The interesting thing is that this conversation was with a Samaritan woman who was considered an immoral woman because she was living with a man without marriage. This is another instance where a Gentile woman met her Messiah. It was mid-day and hot. Jesus had been walking probably for miles that day and He was tired and thirsty. Yes, Jesus can fully relate to our frail human bodies because He had one too!
Why didn’t she draw her water in the evening or in the morning? There was no one else at the well at noonday. Because she was an immoral woman. Other women shunned her. She was an outcast even in Samaritan society. So she went in the heat of the day to get her water to avoid the inevitable glares and scorn of the other women in town. But Jesus didn’t shun her, even though He knew through the Holy Spirit her lifestyle choice. Jews and Samaritans did not associate. Jews considered Samaritans outcasts as a people, so she was the lowest of the low.
He offered her the greatest gift of God: Himself as her Savior. He is the living water. He is the one who fills us with the rivers of living water! At first she thought, “oh good! I don’t have to come out here to this well anymore!” But that wasn’t the water Jesus was talking about. When He told her about her life, she knew He was the gift of God–the promised Messiah.
When He told her who He was, she left her water pot there and ran back into the city to the men and told them about Jesus. They listened to her and went out to see Jesus. He was able to talk to the people of that town and many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of that one woman’s testimony. Notice she went to the MEN of the town. They knew her, whereas the women wouldn’t have listened to her, the men did. And because they did, the whole town met and received the Messiah…and they weren’t even Jews.
Isn’t God good? Yes, He sent Jesus to the Jewish people, but as this story shows, He really is the gift of God to EVERYONE!