Each time that we read our bible we find out more about the Creator of the Universe. We begin with a prayer “Lord, help this study to reveal more of you. Help me to understand the manifold riches of your grace. Enrich my mind with more knowledge of you, Lord. in Jesus’ name.”

Take for instance the beginning verses of John 4:

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

We learn that Jesus made disciples by using disciples he already had. Even now the disciples of God are called to make new disciples (Matthew 28:19).

We see the sufficiency of God to whatever task He sets out to do.

We see the call of God. The call was specific. He went to a specific place for a specific purpose.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

We see a specific direction i.e. through Samaria. To a specific place: Sychar which means “end.” During the time of Christ there were three provinces in Western Palestine: Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. Samaria was in the middle. Most Jews would bypass this area and it was not regarded as part of the holy land at all.

This specific plot of ground was a part of God’s provision to the Israelites for water. We see Christ “resting”. Many times in our own ministry we will be called upon to wait on the LORD, to rest in Him.

He came at a specific time. This was the time when it would be the custom for the women who carried the water to come and draw their daily fresh supply of water. As Christians we are to come daily to the WORD to be refreshed and find rest.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

He came for a specific person. He called on her for a specific need. He calls on us for a specific purpose.

But notice here that the woman questions Him. It is the proverbial “Why me, LORD?” Her concern seems to be that she is a lowly Samaritan. It reminds me of Moses who had difficulty speaking and yet God called him to give his commandments to the Israelite nation. You see, God uses the weak to show himself strong. How about you? Has he called you to a task? Are you asking, “Why me, LORD?”

He called me to a task just this morning: to write this post. The task may seem daunting but the sufficiency of God will lead us through to the end.

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

God is a giver of gifts. He has answers for us. If we only knew Him better, we could ask and he would give us “living water.” The living water of God represents all of Him: His WORD, His Spirit, His love.

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

This is classic human nature to question our call. When he calls us to a task, we begin with questions, “Who are you to tell me? How could I possibly do that? ” We make excuses about why we can’t do it. We mistrust our ability or rather His to do whatever the call might be. Here he has nothing to draw with. The task is too difficult i.e. deep well. Where on earth will you get this “living water”?

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

This tells us of the majesty and power of God. It tells us of His whole purpose in coming not only to the woman at the well, but to all mankind: He comes that we might have “eternal life.” (John 3:16)

It tells us of the sufficiency of Christ. He is “solo Christo”: all we need to be anointed. He alone is our source. The word “Christ” means anointed one but the anointing isn’t just any ordinary anointing but rather  a “smearing”.  He gives us His Spirit which is able to teach us all things. He gives us His Love which is the gift of Himself that we are to share with one another. (1 John 3:1)

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Here we see the yearning that every heart has for what Christ has to offer. It is human nature to want to make our lives easier both for ourselves and for those we love.

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

He has full knowledge. The truth of God is what He is offering her. He knows her past, her present, her future. Already he has acknowledged her worth just by speaking to her. But here he goes deeper to affirm her. This is why it is so important to “speak the truth.” This is our example of how we should communicate with God. Tell him the truth when you pray. Tell him your concerns. Instantly, he knows your heart. It is obvious from her past that she has been seeking “love” i.e. five husbands. When we read the WORD God reveals to us things about ourselves. He may rebuke, correct, or admonish us. (2 Timothy 3:16)

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Here he has drawn out of her the question he has been seeking. Does “where” we worship matter? But as is his custom he answers this question and drills even deeper and answers the unspoken portion of her inquiry. He expounds on the “truth”. He divulges knowledge that affirms that he knows her custom, her history and his knowledge of her future and the future of the entire world. He tells her the whole purpose of man i.e. to worship God. He tells her how to worship. He tells her about God: What he is like, what he wants, how he wants it.

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

She tells him that she knows there is to be an “anointed one” that will teach us all things. The anointing of God is for all Christians. The declaration of God is that “He is. And that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

 

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