Jesus in Samaria – Part One

“If you understood God’s generosity and who is asking for a drink . .. (Eyewitness John 4:10a).

Eyewitness: p. 44
In Your Bible: John 4:4-15

On his way from Jerusalem to Galilee, Jesus took the road through Samaria. This route would include an encounter that would change a woman and a village.

Jesus Breaks Down Barriers

Jesus sat down at Jacob’s well to rest. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw from the well. He asked her for a drink of water. (By custom a rabbi could not talk to a woman in public – even his wife or daughter. That would be the end of his reputation.) *

She questioned, “Why would you talk to me?” Jesus disarmed her with this statement, “If you understood God’s generosity and who is asking for a drink, you would ask me for a drink. I would give you living water” (Eyewitness John 4:10).

Water Jesus Gives

She was shaken by what Jesus said next, “Everyone who drinks this water will thirst again. But those who drink the water I give them will never become thirsty” (Eyewitness John 4:13,14).

The Samaritan woman was confused. First she thought it was about why would a Jew speak to her? What about the generosity of God? Who is this man? What water would he give her? For some reason she said, “Sir, give me this water so I will not get thirsty anymore and have to come to this well anymore” (Eyewitness John 4:15).

This day, barriers came down. Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman—for an extended time. She found kindness in his eyes. Jesus was about to change her life.

End of Part One

Prayer: Father, you know all about me, my thoughts, wants and needs…yet you still want me to talk with you. Thank you. Selah.

Questions: What would you list as things God is generous with? What do you and Jesus talk about? What don’t you want to talk to Jesus about?

*The Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of John, Vol 1, William Barcklay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1956, p. 142.

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