The Woman at the Well
The Woman at the Well
We can find the story of the Samaritan woman, also known as "The Woman at the Well", in John's 4th chapter. Here Jesus comes to a well on his journey back to Galilee and meets a Samaritan woman in the town of Sychar. By simply asking her for some water he intentionally brakes so many cultural and social barriers at that time. Jews were prohibited to speak to Samaritan's and what made this more profound was that she was a woman who was considered "shameful" and outcasted by her community.
Little is known about the "Woman at the Well", but what we do know is that she had been recently living a permiscious life and because of this she was not allowed to draw water from the well along with the other women during the cool of the early mornings. Instead, she was ostracized and forced to draw water during midday, which was the hottest time throughout the day. During Jesus' encounter with the women he reveals to her that he knows of what kind of life she is living and tells her to sin no more by continuing in her unfaithful ways. He then reveals to her that,
"Whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 4:14 NET
Revealing to her that HE is the Messiah. The Samaritan woman is deeply impacted by her conversation with Jesus and is eager to share what she has learned. The testimony of the Samaritan woman is powerful among her people, having a greater impact than that of the disciples. John tells us that many Samaritans believed because of her testimony, and they came to Jesus and asked Him to stay in the town, resulting in even more conversions!
Her story is incredibly significant for us because it shows how through the work of Jesus, salvation is extended not only to the Jews, but to everyone! The Samaritan woman was considered inferior because of her sex, ethnicity, and relationship history, but none of that mattered to Jesus because he still loved her.
It is a reminder to us that God can save us no matter our circumstances, and that we do not need to overcome our sins in our own power before coming to Him. Additionally, as we spread the Gospel to our neighbors, we must remember to share it openly to all, even those whom society deems the lowest and unworthy.
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