When reading scripture, there are some things that draw our attention - a word or maybe repetition of a word or phrase. One thing that always draws my attention is when I see a conversation between someone asking questions and Jesus giving answers. I usually write a Q. or an A. in my Bible by the verses to break it down for me.
In John chapter 4, we see one of these examples. Jesus is having a conversation with a woman from Samaria who, in comparison to today's standards, would be someone most of us would not go out of our way to talk to. Here are some things we can take away from this portion of scripture.
Q. V. 9: "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans." It's interesting that Jesus was the one who initiated the conversation. By doing that immediately, He showed her the love of the Father that sent Him. We must go to those that we may not even relate to - financial status, background, religion, and culture.
A. V. 10: "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." Jesus shares with her the need for the truth. As the Word Himself verbally shared the truth, we must share the written Word of truth with others today.
Q. V. 11-12: "The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?" Her question was about a temporal situation. The world looks at life with a temporal meaning.
A. V. 13-14: "Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." His answer was an eternal solution. The eternal solution helps us deal with the temporal situations.
V. 15: "The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." She wanted the water, but she did not fully understand.
V. 16-18: "Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly." He addressed the sin issue. Take time with people to explain the gospel. Don't leave someone with a false profession.
V. 19-20: "The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." She brought up her religion, which took only parts from scripture.
V. 21-24: "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." He addressed her false religion. Her false religion took only part of what the whole Word of God says.
V. 26: "Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he." Jesus reveals who He is. The Living Water (John 7:37). The Living Word. We see a witness from the Word Himself. Today the written Word of God reveals who Jesus is.
V. 28-29: "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?" We see a witness from a won soul! A lost sinner became a witness for Christ.
May the Living Water that springs inside of us come out and be shown to all that still thirst daily for eternal life. No matter what their history, religion, or circumstance, we should clearly explain to others that Jesus has revealed Himself to us through His Word and that He is the answer!
|Written by Chad Robinson
October 30, 2019