The Woman At The Well
Verse 1 – Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
Verse 2 – (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
Verse 3 – He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
Jesus had just started His ministry, and yet there was already opposition from the Pharisees. Time had not yet come to confront them, so He traveled to Galilee.
Verse 4 – But He needed to go through Samaria.
Verse 5 – So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
The Jews had intermarried during their time in Assyria with foreigners in order to keep peace. But the southern Jews hated these Jews because they weren’t pure, they were called Samaritans. The route that Jesus took to get to Galilee through Samaria was the quickest way to get there, but most wouldn’t travel it.
Verse 6 – 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).
Verse 7 – A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
Verse 8 – For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Verse 9 – 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 Samaritan.
The women would draw water twice a day, early morning and evening. However, this woman was by herself at noon, drawing water, perhaps because of her reputation. And then for a male Jew to speak to her, was unheard of.
Verse 10 – Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Those who thirst after God, will be filled with “Living water.” This is a gift from God through Jesus Christ, the giver of life!
Verse 11 – 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?
Verse 12 – “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
She’s not ignorant of her ancestors. She knows about Jacob and about this well. This account of Jacob giving the Samaritans the well and drinking from it himself was based on tradition, not Scripture.
Verse 13 – Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
Verse 14 – “but whoever drinks of the water 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.”
Our bodies hunger and thirst for food and in order to sustain life, have to be fed. Our spirit also has to be fed with the “Living Word of God.” No one likes to go without food and drink for their bodies, so why would someone not feed their spirit daily? If you neglect either one, they will wither and die.
Verse 15 – The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
The woman thought Jesus was still talking about physical water. She didn’t understand that He was talking about much more. It takes time to accept something that changes the very foundation of our lives. Jesus was kind to her and allowed her to ask questions until she could put the pieces together.
Sharing the Gospel with others will not always have immediate results. When you help build a foundational truth in someone’s life, it takes time.
Verse 16 – Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband, and come here.”
Verse 17 – The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
Verse 18 – “for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
Verse 19 – The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
Verse 20 – “Our fathers worshiped on a mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Did she just change the subject? Sometimes people will get too uncomfortable when the conversation gets too close to home. But that’s what Jesus through His Spirit will do, expose our sin, true motives, and attitudes, but not to condemn. The presence of Jesus does this so that He can forgive with His fullness of grace – repentance.
Verse 21 – Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Verse 22 – “You worship what yo do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
Verse 23 – “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
Verse 24 – “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him, must worship in spirit and truth.”
The location of worship is not nearly as important as the attitude of the worshipers. Since God is Spirit, He can be worshiped anywhere at any time.
When Jesus said, “Salvation is of the Jews,” He meant that only through the Jewish Messiah would the whole world find salvation. God had promised that through the Jewish race the whole earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3). The Old Testament prophets had called the Jews to be a light to the other nations, bringing them to the knowledge of God. This woman at the well, didn’t realize that she was talking with “The Messiah” spoken of by the prophets.
Verse 25 – The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Verse 26 – Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
Can you imagine how this woman felt when Jesus told her plainly that He was the Messiah she knew was coming. He had told her things unlike anyone else. How awesome that must have been for her!
Verse 27 – And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or “Why are You talking to her?”
Verse 28 – The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,
Verse 29 – “Come see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
Verse 30 – Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
Are you still as excited as the first time you heard about Jesus? That excitement can be re-kindled, if you desire. We should want Christ in our lives as much today as when we first believed.
Verse 31 – In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
Verse 32 – But He said told them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
Verse 33 – Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
Verse 34 – Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
Verse 35 – “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
First, Christ is talking about spiritual food and doing the will of the Father. We know God’s will by praying and reading His word. Then He tells the disciples that there are lost souls all around. Some Christians never witness to another, and some say, “They are not ready.” However, the truth is we can always find someone who doesn’t know about Christ to tell the Good News to.
Verse 36 – “And he who reaps, receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
You may not always be the one that sees the person you have witnessed to come to Christ. Then again someone else might have planted the seeds in the one you lead to Christ. Both benefit in the results!
Verse 37 – “For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’
The prophets sowed, and the apostles reaped.
Verse 38 – “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labors.”
Is it not a joyous occasion when someone is saved? Do you still get excited? All of heaven celebrates, why shouldn’t we?
Verse 39 – And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
This woman was once too ashamed to go to the well early in the morning with the other women of this city. But after she met Jesus she runs into the city telling everyone about the Christ and what He has done for her. Don’t let your past shame or hinder you from telling others about Christ. Use it to inspire others what He did for you because He can do the same for them.
Verse 40 – So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
Now do you see why Jesus took this shorter route to Galilee, even though other Jews would take the longer route because of their hatred for the Samaritans?
Sometimes our plans and our agenda gets side-tracked. If you are a follower of Christ, then your steps are being ordered by the Lord! Don’t complain when your day doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Verse 41 – And many more believed because of His own word.
Verse 42 – Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Now do yo see what just one testimony can do? It’s like a dominoes effect. Touching lives is a powerful thing and can be amazing when you are full of God’s Spirit.
Verse 43 – Now after two days He departed from there and went to Galilee.
Verse 44 – For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
Verse 45 – So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also had gone to the feast.
Jesus by-passed Nazareth on His way to Galilee, because the people there did not respect Him and held Him in contempt. After all, He was just a “carpenter’s” son to them. That’s why He said, “That a prophet has no honor in his own country.” However, the Galileans wanted Him with them and showed Him honor.
Verse 46 – So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
Verse 47 – When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
The distance from Capernaum to Cana was about 15 miles. The journey was mostly uphill, so Jesus would be coming down to Capernaum.
Verse 48 – Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
Christ wants us to believe first, then we will see a miracle.
Verse 49 – The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
Verse 50 – Jesus said to him, “Go your way: your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
Verse 51 – And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
This man not only believed what Jesus spoke, he turned and was on his way home. He was obedient! It isn’t enough to just say we believe Jesus can do it, we have to act on our belief and that’s called “Faith!” We should live as if it’s already done.
Verse 52 – Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”
Verse 53 – So the father knew that it was at that same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.
Verse 54 – This again is the second sign that Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.
Notice how this nobleman’s faith grew. First, he believed enough to go ask Jesus to come to his son. Second, he believed Jesus’ assurance that his son would live and he acted on it by returning home. Third, his whole household believed in Jesus. God gives us the gift of faith, and when we use it, it will grow!