Building upon what I’ve shared in the last couple of posts, regarding the “new” way Jesus the man taught and treated women, I want to share my thoughts on one of the most intriguing and least-understood figures in the New Testament…the Woman of Samaria. Also known as the Woman at the Well.
On His way to Galilee with His disciples, Jesus was “wearied from his journey” and sat near Jacob’s Well to rest and quench His thirst. He happened to stop near Samaria, the Jews’ enemy territory (bold move #1) and approached a woman (bold move #2) to give Him water.
He perceived she’d had 5 husbands and that her current partner was not her husband. She was shocked that He knew so much about her and perceived Him to be a prophet.
Enter bold move #3…Jesus spent time with, taught and nurtured a sinner. As soon as her heart became sensitive and open to who He was, it didn’t matter what her past – and current – mistakes were. Only that a perfect and masterful shepherding moment lay before Him with a very teachable subject.
He did not condemn her, He taught her. The Woman of Samaria/Jesus interplay in the Bible shows us that we do not need to have it all together, living a spotless life, to be visited by the Master. We can feel His presence, receive His teachings, and be sent forth for a purpose. Intimately. In our imperfection.
His disciples could NOT believe that He was talking to a woman, much less a Samaritan. Jesus was showing them another way. As He always did.
What Jesus taught the Woman at the Well:
“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10, NIV)
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13, 14 – NIV)
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (Jhn 4:23 –NIV)
How she responded:
“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15 – NIV)
“I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming…” (John 4:25, NIV)
“The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (John 4:28-29, KJV)
How she was received:
“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified…” (John 4:39)
As I discussed in my last post about Mary Magdalene, who went running to tell the disciples He was risen, this woman left her water pot and high-tailed it back to Samaria to testify of His divinity. Despite the rejection she must knew she’d face as a woman of poor reputation.
Isn’t it a beautiful pattern in the scriptures that the Lord uses the “weak things of the world” to accomplish His purposes? What is weak to the world is strong to the Lord.
The weak of the world are, in Truth, His powerful ones…
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” (1 Cor 1:27-28, KJV)
Bold move #4:
“But God has chosen spiritually-sensitive women to confound the wise, and the worldly ones that appear mighty. The world has rejected women, but God has chosen them…to bring the Truth to light.”
God’s ways are not man’s.