May 22 – Extraordinary Women of the Bible – The Samaritan Woman

Read John 4:29


A simple word that is found in scripture almost 2,000 times. A small word packed with a lot of meaning. It’s an invitation. “Come, all who are weary” -an invitation to rest. “Come near to God” -an invitation to be in His presence. “Come bow down” -an invitation to worship. “Come, all who are thirsty” -an invitation to be satisfied.

John 4:4 states that Jesus had to pass through Samaria. Women did not usually draw water in the heat of the day, but Jesus knew a certain woman would be there at that time. Living a life of shame, she came to the well at noon to escape ridicule and avoid meeting others. Her encounter with Jesus requesting her to give him a drink was radical. Jewish men, in that culture, did not converse with women, especially Samaritans.

Jesus always has a different agenda.

He came to offer her living water. Misunderstanding what Jesus meant, she was eager to fill her water pot with this living water so that she would never have to return to the well and her physical thirst would be satisfied. It sounded too good to be true! But Jesus is always more interested in our spiritual condition than our physical comfort. Moving from the topic of water to worship, the woman said to Him:

“I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”

Jesus said to her:

“I who speak to you am He.”

She encountered the Great I Am and her response was to leave her water pot. I love that picture of an abandoned water pot at the foot of the well. When we receive the invitation to come, something has to be left behind.

What is your water pot? What are you trying to satisfy your life with other than Jesus?

Jill Briscoe says, ‘’I Am’ means God will be all that I need Him to be when I need Him to be all that I need.”

Only Jesus truly satisfies. 

Once we come to the Living Water, we are to offer the invitation to others.

“Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”John 4:29

She had just met Jesus. She didn’t know all the right answers, but she knew her own story and that’s what she shared. She offered the invitation to come. Have you come to Jesus? Jesus said,

“If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

He offers you Himself, the Living Water.

When was the last time you shared your story and offered others the invitation to come and see the One who changed your life? The woman shared her story and verse 39 tells us many in that city believed in Jesus because of the word of the woman who testified. 

“Come.” An invitation to receive and give today.

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