|Christ and the Woman of Samaria|
It was not the time of day when most women came to the well to draw
water, but it was a time when this woman of Samaria heard less sarcastic
gossip about herself.|
She tied her bucket to her rope and let it all the way down the deep well until it struck the water below. When she felt the little tug of the rope indicating that the bucket had sunk beneath the surface of the water, she began the laborous task of drawing it up again. All the time out of the corner of her eye she was watching the Jewish stranger who offered no help.
Untying the knot of the rope that securely held the handle of the bucket, she came to the point of departing from the well when she heard the stranger ask for a drink.
Being somewhat startled she said, "What! You a Jew, ask a drink of me, a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her," If only you knew what God gives, and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
"Sir," the woman said, "you have no bucket and this well is deep. How can you give me living water? Are you greater than our ancestor, Jacob, who gave us this well, and drank here himself with his family and his cattle?"
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring always welling up into eternal life."
The woman said, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may stop being thirsty --and not have to come here and draw water any more."
And when Jesus had finished examining her life, her husbands, the one who was not her husband, her anxiety about where one should worship, and her faith in the Messiah, he gave her his gift.
Assignment: John 4:4-42; Luke 7:36-50; Judges 9:6-7.
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