Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2387
Joh 4:7 A woman from Samaria came to take out water. “Give me something to drink,” Jesus said to her,
Joh 4:8 because his disciples had gone away into town so they could buy food.
Joh 4:9 The Samaritan woman asked him “How can you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me,?” Because Jews do not have dealings with Samaritans.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered, and this is what he said to her, “If you knew God’s gift, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me something to drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.”
Joh 4:11 “Sir,” she said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where, then, do you get this ‘living water’?
Joh 4:12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, and his sons and livestock.”
Joh 4:13 Jesus said, “Everyone drinking from this water will get thirsty again.
Joh 4:14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will not get thirsty for the age. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for permanent life.”
Joh 4:15 “Sir,” the woman said to him, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to pass through here to take out water.”
The Samaritan woman at the well asked Jesus two questions, which are very revealing. First, she asked him how he could ask her for a drink, because any self-respecting Jew would refuse to function together with (συγχρῶνται) the Samaritan people. The situation was so much more extreme than even she understood. This was the creator of all things, and she was part of a world who had rebelled against him. How could he have any dealings with us? The answer is that he stoops to our level in order to restore us to God’s favor. He loves us.
The second question was one about who Jesus is. Is he greater than “our father Jacob?” Yes, he is. He is the greatest. There is no tradition, and no heritage greater that Jesus himself.
LORD, when people ask questions about you, give us wisdom so that our answers reflect what you are really doing, and who you really are.