Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World

Strong and Courageous, Woman at the Well

September 20, 2020 Pastor Dave Tucker Season 4 Episode 16
Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
Strong and Courageous, Woman at the Well
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Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
Strong and Courageous, Woman at the Well
Sep 20, 2020 Season 4 Episode 16
Pastor Dave Tucker

As this Samaritan woman with no name approached the well, she saw Jesus sitting there. Little did she know that in that one encounter with Jesus, her life would be forever changed. Based on John 4:7-11.

Originally presented September 13, 2020 at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX.

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As this Samaritan woman with no name approached the well, she saw Jesus sitting there. Little did she know that in that one encounter with Jesus, her life would be forever changed. Based on John 4:7-11.

Originally presented September 13, 2020 at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX.

STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, WOMAN AT THE WELL
John 4:7-11

She was a beautiful woman, this woman from Samaria. She had beautiful dark skin, long, black, wavy hair, and big brown eyes. However, she didn’t feel very pretty. She had lived a difficult life. She had a reputation for as long as she can remember. She was called by most in her community a “woman of ill repute.” Although scripture hasn’t told us her name, “Woman of Ill Repute” is the name… she most identified with… Over the years she took it on as her identity. Whenever she was in the marketplace or anywhere else in public, the other women would stare at her, then whisper things to each other as she walked by… this woman could only imagine what they were saying. She knew it wasn’t good.  The men in the village would leer at her. They knew what kind of woman she was… Most of the time, this unnamed woman from Samaria found it easier to just go out when there was no one around. This usually meant that she would sleep during the day and go out at night. While it kept people from staring at her, lurking around at night didn’t help with the nasty rumors.  

He was born to poor parents from Nazareth. His mother was a teenager when he was born and his father was a much older carpenter. His mother became pregnant before she was married and his father, not wanting her to live with the shame married her anyway. It was a happy home for this man, Jesus. And Joseph, his father taught Jesus everything he knew about the carpentry trade during the day, and his mother, Mary, would teach him in the evenings all she could about the Torah and the law so that Jesus would grow up to be a good Jewish man. There is a story about how his home schooling had the rabbis from Jerusalem  baffled. “How is it that this boy is teaching US things without a formal education?!” They mused among themselves. 

One day, Jesus and His disciples were traveling when they came across a well, just outside Samaria. The name of the well was Jacob’s Well. It was late in the afternoon/early evening and Jesus and his disciples were tired and hungry. Jesus stopped and sat at the edge of the well and instructed his disciples to go into town and buy food for them. As the twelve were entering the city in search of food, they passed this unnamed woman from Samaria. She was carrying empty clay jugs across her shoulders, to the well for water. One of the disciples thought it was strange that this woman would be going to the well so late in the day… Typically most women would go to the well early in the morning to get their water. As the disciples were heading into town, they mused about that curiosity and they bantered about among each other what they thought was going on? 

As this Samaritan woman with no name approached the well, she saw Jesus sitting there. Little did she know that in that one encounter with Jesus, her life would be forever changed. As she came closer, she could see that this man was looking at her, smiling… and a Jew. Great! That’s all she needed. Jews and Samaritans did not get along at all! But as she approached the well, she realized there was something different about this man than what she was used to seeing in men. There was a look of tenderness. A look of “I know everything about you and yet I still love you.” Bravely she continued walking toward the well. When she arrived, she immediately went about her task of drawing water. The words of Jesus can be found in our scripture reading for today. John 4:7; “Give me a drink.” The woman, probably with some amount of sarcasm in her voice replied, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” Jesus, ignoring the sarcastic response answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The unnamed woman from Samaria stopped what she was doing and looked at this strange man. She sized him up and noticed that he did not have anything from which to draw water. Her interest was piqued, however and she responded, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus responded, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” “Never thirsty again? Spring of water gushing up to eternal life?” These words reached to the very depth of her empty soul. This unnamed woman from Samaria suddenly felt the enormity of her loneliness. Her identity as a woman of ill repute weighed heavy on her. She needed a new life, a new identity… how she longed to feel joy in her life. She responded to Jesus, perhaps with tears in her eyes, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus’ reply, “Okay, go call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband” was her rapid and defensive reply. Then Jesus came back to her, with that same caring look in his eyes… eyes that seemed to penetrate her very soul. “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” WOW! This unnamed Samaritan woman is blown away! How did he know this?! But instead of becoming defensive, she engages Jesus in a theological discussion. “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming.” “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Then, what Jesus said next hit her like a ton of bricks! Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” At once, the woman dropped her water jugs, and excitedly ran into the city, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” Scriptures tell us that the people followed her to meet Jesus. Just like that she went from a woman of ill repute to an evangelist. From stealing husbands to introducing people to the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE! From her brokenness, God used her in building God’s kingdom! 

Journal Prompts: 

·      5 gratitudes

·      Have you ever felt a time where you were alone even when you were in a group of people? 

·      Do you ever feel like your sin is too great to serve in God's Kingdom?

·      How do you relate to the idea that Jesus knows everything about you?