Thursday Theology

Living Water


John 4:7-15 (ESV) A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Here was Jesus, sitting at a well in Samaria, and His disciples had gone into town to buy lunch. It was noon, and a woman came to draw water. So Jesus engaged her. She was most likely an outcast even from the Samaritans, as she had been married several times, and now was living with a man but not married to him. So why would Jesus engage her in conversation? Why would He ask her for a drink, when Jews would not even normally ask for anything from a Samaritan? I believe that He planned this whole encounter because He knew that she would be receptive. This would change her life. This would teach His disciples that people are people, regardless of where they live, or their pasts. So Jesus engaged her, and she, although a little thick at first, softens and learns. Let us all be like her, not in sin, but in softening our attitudes. Let us learn from the Master. Let us seek the living water that Jesus offers. Let us welcome The Holy Spirit in our lives.

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