What Can We Learn From Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well


John chapter 4 verse 1 to 54 documents the crucial meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.

Chapter 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. Her reply to Jesus here in chapter 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

In verse 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

As Christians, we need to understand the fundamental of the message that Jesus was passing to the Samaritan woman; he was saying we are the same irrespective of who or what we are and none above each other.

Jesus told the woman that anyone who drank from the well would eventually be thirsty. However, whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The Samaritan women and Jesus meeting at the well is a testament of how God expects us to live. Even when she lies to Jesus about her husband he did not rebuke, curse, or chastise her, he pointed out to her in the gentle way that she had five husbands. Here the lesson was that we should not be too hasty to judge.

Secondly, the other prophetic revelation was about where and how we worship. He said her in chapter 21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Verse 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seeketh such to pray him.

Jesus was instructing the woman that it did not matter where we worship God, because as verse 24 says God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.

So let us live in the teachings of Jesus, be less judgemental, know ourselves, not just follow the gospel but live each word the best we can and let our heavenly father do the rest.