20.05.20 LIVING WATER, JOHN 4 STUDY:
JESUS/YESHUA AND THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
STUDY CORNER takes us to the story of the Samaritan woman who discovers LIVING WATER from a different SOURCE at Jacob’s well.
The setting for this story is that of Samaria. “The city of Samaria was the Old Testament capital of the northern kingdom. The Samaritan people had been despised by the Jews since Old Testament times due to their intermarriage with Gentiles, and also because they believed that Mount Gerizim, not Jerusalem was God’s appointed location for making sacrifices. Samaria was ruled alternately by the Herods and the Roman procurators” (p.1613, Commentary notes, Nelson KJV).
It is from this perspective that Jesus/Yeshua, is viewed as having made an unusual move in approaching this Samaritan woman at the well.
Referring again to the teaching on Mentoring Corner’s Page (https://www.vernasstudycorner.ca/mentoring-corner/), please follow the suggested steps there, and proceed to Mentoring Corner’s STUDY GUIDE at the end of the text, and dive into the questions designed to take you deeper.
In this body of text there is a very definite principle and a very clear theme. Look for those as you STUDY the passages, as you will be asked to identify those in the STUDY GUIDE questions.
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John
2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did).
3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
4 He had to go through Samaria on the way.
5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”
8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.
9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?
12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.
14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
From here, of course, the story continues to another dimension; but for our purposes here, we will stop at capturing the significance of this scene, with the opportunity to dive deeper by looking at it in isolation with its own body of meaning.
John 4:1-15, NLT
The King James Study Bible, Commentary notes, Thomas Nelson, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1988.
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