The woman at the well devotional
We don't know her name or age. But her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture. Reason enough to give our sister from Samaria a fresh look. It was high noon on a hot day.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: The Woman at the Well (John 4)
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Bad Girls of the Bible: The Woman at the Well
Categories: Bad Girls of the Bible , Blog. Not this girl. A moment of relief during the heat of the day. He sat. The Son of God, the Savior of the world, was limited by his humanness, just as we are. Comforting, in a way. I get it. He knows what it means to feel weary, thirsty, hungry.
The wells in that era were low to the ground, encircled with just enough packed earth to keep livestock from stumbling in. A good place to rest. A fine place to wait. Then our Bad Girl appeared, right on time.
When he asked her for a drink, she knew what that meant. In their world, giving and receiving water was an open invitation. She pushed back, reminding him of their differences. He can because he is God. Right from the start he began to woo our woman at the well.
Did that make her nervous? The kind with long strings attached. Salvation is free for the taking. Paid for in full by every nail that pierced his body. Naturally she was skeptical. Nothing on this earth truly satisfies. Not even good things—not fresh water or warm sunshine or healthy food or the love of a godly person—can quench our spiritual longing. She was willing to settle for less. Jesus wanted to give her more. While she was happy with temporal satisfaction—a drink of tepid water from a well in the desert, a man in Sychar who could dump her tomorrow—Jesus longed for her to experience eternal joy.
The truth? We must let go of one to embrace the other. If we are constantly seeking to satisfy our bodies, our spiritual selves will languish. My head knows this, even my heart knows this.
The time has come to hold out both hands and receive all that Jesus has to offer. The people who open their mouths and partake. The person whose thirst is quenched is not the one who merely studies the pitcher of water. Imagine a life without wanting and wishing and striving and stressing. Feeling refreshed instead of depleted. Feeling full rather than empty. Too good to be true? Not with God. He stands ready to quench your thirst. No person or thing can supply the water of life. Only God.
Bottled water comes in two varieties: still and sparkling. The kind God serves is definitely sparkling. My only consolation in the midst of my sorrow is knowing my beloved brother Tom has merely continued life in another place. Though his body has been reduced to ashes, his spirit is alive and well.
Very well. Her thirst was quenched. Her future was secure. All she could think about was sharing this living water with others. More powerful or less so?
She came looking for water but instead found Jesus. What leads you to this conclusion? There are so many details included in her story—the lengthy conversation, the five husbands, the discarded water jar—her name is hardly necessary. We smell the dust in her hair and the sweat on her body as she approaches the well. We hear her vibrant personality in the words she speaks and the way she says them.
We envision the toll all those marriages must have taken on her body, and feel the longing in her soul as she anticipates the coming Messiah. Without her given name, we are free to step into her story even more fully, and scribble our own names in the margin. Clearly this scene was ordained by God. So, no surprises here. Jesus knew she would come to the well, even as he knew she would hurry back to town with her water jar empty and her heart overflowing with the Good News.
My question for you is a bit different than the one I answered: If not at a well, where did Jesus find you? And what was your initial response to his offer of eternal life? Kindly share you story under Post a Comment at the bottom. You are a treasure to me. As I thought about the question, Where did Jesus find you?
I think He has found me many times throughout my life. My first real memory was as a little girl probably 5 or 6 in the vestibule at a Catholic Church. They had books there and I am a lover of books — and there was one about Mary. When my Dad read it to me I remember thinking how brave Mary was and that I wanted to trust God the way she did.
Then again in High School, when after been through so much loss the death of my father, two brothers, grandfather and Aunt , I was searching for security. I felt unloved. And then two sisters from a Christian Church came into my life and challenged me to read my Bible and to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I studied, and prayed and gave my life to Him. And then He met me again, in the middle of the night as I prayed. I realized He was there with me — even after I said Amen.
And He met me again at a time in my life when I was exhausted, This time on a mountaintop in Tennessee — I felt His presence and a deep sense of peace. I met Him again as our church split the church my husband pastors — when I needed understanding, the ability to forgive and to be strong and courageous.
And I met Him again when my son committed a crime and I grieved deeply — and He showed me compassion and unconditional love. So, Liz, I guess, He keeps finding me — over and over again. Each time I needed Him — whether it was for love, peace, understanding, strength, courage, correction, He was there. I find Him in different ways — I think because I keep growing, keep looking and He always is there, showing me more about Him. Does that make sense?
And when He offers me His gifts, and eternal life, all I can do is praise Him. He really is more than we can imagine. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. It hurts when we lose someone we love. I am praying that God bless you with some special memories and that those memories give you joy. What a brilliant answer, Susan. YES, we absolutely do meet Jesus again and again.
Thanks for sharing some of your powerful journey with us. Absolutely my truth also. I believe that the fact that we are sharing this way in His Name, substantiates to doctrine of predestination. He meets us all along the journey to keep us focused on Him. I so love our great and sovereign God! This lady at the well is my most favorite girl-friend.
I have sat at the well with her a good bit, and of course we share Jesus and sip iced tea! Thank you for the eloquent words Susan … Blessings, Peggy. Jesus just kept coming into my life.
The Woman at the Well
The story of the woman at the well John has as much direct discussion of human labor as any story in John; but one has to draw deeply to taste it all. This motif permeates the Gospel: the crowds repeatedly show an inability to transcend everyday concerns and address the spiritual aspects of life. They do not see how Jesus can offer them his body as bread John
I met Tamara at the Dallas Juvenile Center and found her willing to talk as we sat at the table. But how could I proceed with this young woman who had a fundamental misunderstanding of salvation? The same way Jesus did. Jesus met a woman as she approached a well in Samaria, and He opened a conversation by asking her for a drink. But she knew neither the gift nor the speaker, so Jesus proceeded.
CONVERSATION WITH THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
When Assyria carried away the northern kingdom of Israel in BC , not every citizen was taken. Many remaining Israelites married into the people whom the king of Assyria resettled in the area 2 Kings 17; 2 Chron. Because of this, many new identities emerged. The majority of Jews were essentially racist toward Samaritan society because of its religious practices and ethnic descent. Many of them saw the Samaritans as renegades, for they received only the Pentateuch into their canon and worshiped on Mount Gerizim instead of Mount Zion. This background explains why the Samaritan woman was surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink of water John —9. For a Jewish rabbi to accept a drink from a Samaritan woman, much less speak to her, would have been unthinkable.
4 Amazing Things We Can Learn from the Woman at the Well
The story of the woman at the well is one of the most well known in the Bible; many Christians can easily tell a summary of it. On its surface, the story chronicles ethnic prejudice and a woman shunned by her community. But take look deeper, and you'll realize it reveals a great deal about Jesus' character. Above all, the story, which unfolds in John , suggests that Jesus is a loving and accepting God, and we should follow his example. The story begins as Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem in the south to Galilee in the north.
Categories: Bad Girls of the Bible , Blog. Not this girl. A moment of relief during the heat of the day.
The Woman at the Well : Christ Speaks to the Problem of a Guilty Past
Session John Could this be the Messiah?
Question: "What can we learn from the woman at the well? This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan , a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men. The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives.
Some of the stories will be very familiar and others will probably be new to you. These ancient encounters are valuable for what they reveal about Jesus and what they teach us about the common problems of life. Although years have passed since Jesus walked on the earth, his words remain incredibly relevant. Times change but the human heart remains the same. We have the same hopes and fears and dreams and doubts. And we struggle with the same problems: uncontrolled anger, foolish choices, misplaced priorities, hypocrisy, guilt, indifference, frivolous curiosity, misguided ambition, limited faith, convenient excuses, nagging doubt, compulsive busyness, broken dreams, and personal failure. Sometimes I hear people talk about making the Bible relevant.
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