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The Woman at the Well a Divine Appointment

Our gracious Lord doesn’t look at people they way we do. He doesn’t see the outward appearance. He sees deep into the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

This attitude was always apparent in Jesus’ life here on earth. One particular instance is in the story of his meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well.

The Bible story of the woman at the well is in John 4: 1-42.

It is a simple story and one that we might not consider significant without understanding the climate of the times.
The Bible says Jesus had to cross Samaria. Why, when other Jews traveled around the country, did he have to cross it? Because he had a divine appointment.

The Bible goes on to say he was tired and stopped to rest at the well. The disciples went to town to find food, and a woman came to the well to fill her water jar.

Jesus did something that surprised her: he asked her for a drink of water shattering three of the above taboos. .

The woman immediately challenged Him, asking why He would speak to her, a Samaritan woman.

Jesus responded with a conversation of "living water", drawing her interest and leading her toward spiritual teaching. He was speaking of the gift of the Holy Spirit, however she had no understanding of spiritual matters, and mistakenly thought that this living water might save her the chore of going to the well for a drink.

It seems before she could receive spiritual truth, the woman had to acknowledge the sin in her life.
Jesus, "Go get your husband and come back."
Woman, "I don’t have a husband."
Jesus, "What you say is true. You have had five husbands and the man you have now is not your husband."

Nothing is hidden from God. He knows the sin and the need.

Realizing that this man was more than met the eye, her questions turned to religious matters, though still in a materialistic point of view.
She asked, "Where is the true place of worship?"
Jesus spoke to her of the new order of things that would begin with him.
"God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Then, this Samaritan woman received a blessing that is rare in New Testament Bible stories. While in most meetings, Jesus left it to the listener to discern his deity; he told this woman plainly that he was the long awaited Messiah. (John 4:25, 26)

She believed, left her water jug behind, and ran into town to tell everyone she knew.

When you meet Jesus (and understand who he is) nothing else matters—not physical matters, not fear of rejection, nothing.

Jesus doesn’t see gender, race, or status. He seeks out those who need him and goes out of his way to meet them where they are.

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