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He wasn’t supposed to stop by her


Sophia Lorena Benjamin

Jesus was tired and hungry. On the way to Galilee from Judea, He had just reached Samaria after climbing down a 300 foot high hill. He had walked about 42 miles. Not an easy task when you consider that it was done by braving the hot weather and trudging through rough mountainous terrain.

His disciples were away to get something to eat. It was the 6th hour according to the Bible. He sat, wearied, at Jacobs well.Why Samaria? Why did He sit down at Jacobs well? To get some water?  That moment, the actions of Jesus, the location, even the timing. Everything seemed out of place and unusual.

That’s when unusual got interesting. A lone Samaritan woman came by to draw water from the well where Jesus was sitting.

Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

Didn’t’ He know that it was not proper to talk to a Samaritan woman? No Jews stopped to talk to Samaritans. It was just not supposed to happen. What’s worse! Jesus, the holy one was talking to a woman of loose character. A woman who had five divorces and was now in a sinful 6th live in relationship.

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 Samaritans.

Wouldn’t it have been easy for the Son of God to choose a better place to rest? Perhaps fellowship with a Godly woman; church going, self-controlled or someone who had taken a better hold of themself and lived a clean life?

Interesting gets intriguing. Jesus offers her a drink.

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

Usually Jesus wouldn’t reveal his identity to everyone he met. What then could be the reason that he was ready to reveal himself to a strange woman, and also express his willingness to offer her more than what she asked?

It was an interesting transaction taking place. Jesus was taking something ordinary from the woman and presenting to her something extraordinary from Him. He was taking her sin and shame and offering her righteousness and new life.

Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

Meaning the Messiah. The woman was awestruck and deeply moved, quick to believe Him.

Perhaps that’s what moved Jesus to give her more. To prophesy. To teach. To touch. To heal her. The willingness to believe which caused Him to reach right at the root of the mess that she was in and to present her with an unexpected revelation that He is the Messiah she was waiting to worship. That revelation caused her to leave behind not just her water pot but also her guilt. Her shame. Her past.

 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,  “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”  Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

When her search for truth ended she became an evangelist for Jesus. The Love of Jesus instantly converted one sinful woman to be used to bridge a long divide between two cultures and it’s people.  It prepared a way for the Messiah to impact a new territory.

Another inspiring portrayal of Jesus overlooking protocol, religion & tiredness,  just to quench one woman’s thirst with the water of life.

He is willing to stop by; if we are willing to believe. A little warning here: He may ask for something; an obedience, a confession, a habit, an addiction, or something as simple as our attention. I’m convinced,   He will only  ask it to give us something better and bigger in exchange.

John 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

One comment on “He wasn’t supposed to stop by her

  1. Love this >> “He will only ask it to give us something better and bigger in exchange.” Amen!


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