26th September 2020

There is More Than Water in the Well 

“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food).”
John 4:7 (NIV)

We don’t know the name or age of the Samaritan woman in the scripture above, but her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture, which is reason enough to give our sister from Samaria a fresh look. It was high noon (midday) and the hottest time of the day. Jesus, tired from travelling, chose a sensible place to stop and rest—what better place than Jacob’s well, a place where one who is tired and thirsty would find refreshment. This well is outside the town of Sychar in Samaria. While waiting for his disciples to go into town to buy food, the unnamed women appeared with clay jar in hand. Jesus made a simple request, “Will you give me a drink?” This was quite unusual and made the woman pay close attention. For one thing, Jews weren’t supposed to speak with Samaritans, and then men weren’t permitted to address women without their husbands present. It was also considered that Rabbis had no business speaking to ‘shady ladies’ such as this one.

Jesus had gone through Samaria, while most Jews would go around Samaria in order to avoid the Samaritans where possible. Jesus was willing to toss out the rules, but our woman at the well wasn’t. “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman, she reminded him. How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4: 9). Jesus began, “If you knew the gift of God and the one who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (verse 10).

The woman at the well focused on the LAW: Jesus focused on GRACE. Romans 5:15 says “But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to many!” The gift of life (living water) came by the GRACE of one man, Jesus Christ.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for that gift of life pictured as living water. Quench our spiritual thirst by your grace through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Study by Dennis Payne


About the Author:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church


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