Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) Read more…
What does verse 4 say about this encounter? Was it accidental or intentional? Get out a map of Bible times. Did Jesus have to go through Samaria?
Jesus set the scene. Read verses 5-6. What does Jesus do in preparation for this meeting? Where were the disciples according to verse 27? What time of day was it? Why would this woman be coming to the well at this time of day?
Why did the woman come? What did she bring? What intangibles did she bring?
What is her name? Is she nameless or just unnamed? What is the difference? Why might her name not be recorded?
Close your eyes and imagine the scene. Let the warmth of the sun warm your face. Let the breeze refresh you. Anticipate the cool water at the end of the familiar path. Now imagine her surprise to find someone sitting beside the well. Picture the moment-
Now, read the conversation between the woman and Jesus. What did he ask her for?
This was incredible. Jews didn’t interact with Samaritans. It just wasn’t done. Jesus has now intentionally gone into Samaria and is now talking with a woman and asking to drink from her water jar. John Piper says that would be like Jesus asking her for a drink from her water bottle. Crazy! What is her response?
What does Jesus offer her in verse 10? How does she respond? How does her response reflect doubt?
In verse 11 she questions His sovereignty, His ability to give her living water. What does she say? Whom does she reference from the Old Testament? See Genesis 25-35; 47-50.
In verses 13-14 Jesus contrasts the water in Jacob’s well with the Living Water He is offering her. How are the two different?
Now how does she respond in verse 15? What is the appeal of His offer to her? Is it spiritual or physical?
Next we learn more about the woman. What does Jesus ask her to do in verse 16? How does she answer? Is her answer completely honest? What more do we learn about her in verse 18? How does this tie back to the time of day she was going to the well to draw water? Why might she have been alone?
Given Jesus’ insight, what does the woman conclude in verse 19? What does she leave behind? Where does she go? Who does she talk to? What does she tell them? How is that significant?
This woman came to the well thirsty for well water. She came alone. She came broken. What well of the world do you find yourself going to over and over? What is it that you are expecting when you go? What do you take with you?
What emptiness do you have that only Jesus can fill? What thirst that only He can satisfy? Just like He told the Samaritan woman, this unnamed woman at the well, “I Am He.” He is able. He is enough. Spend some time just resting in Him. Allow His satisfaction wash over you anew. He is. Hallelujah!
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