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The Samaritan Woman

"He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria."

John 4:3-4

Jesus simply disregarded the social rules of His day in order to talk with the Samaritan woman. For a woman to come to the well at noon, the hottest part of the day, was unusual. Middle Eastern women usually filled their water jars in the early morning and at sunset, when it was cooler. This Samaritan woman had a bad reputation and frequented the well to fill her jars at noon in order to avoid meeting other women who would look down on her.

The Samaritan woman had been married five times and now lived with a man that was not her husband, deeming her a social outcast. Jesus purposely passed through Samaria on His way to Galilee that day because He knew he would meet this woman and be able to speak to her while they were alone.

Jesus disregarded all social barriers when He conversed with the Samaritan woman. He revealed Himself as the Messiah that her and her people had been waiting on. He talked with her and asked for a drink of well water from her basin as a conversation starter (not that He needed one). The woman questioned Him on why He, a Jew, would have any dealings with a Samaritan?

Three major social rules of the Middle Eastern Society are:

#1 Women were considered greatly inferior to men; in public a man did not speak to a woman, not even to his wife, mother, or sister.

#2 No Jew ever spoke to a Samaritan. (Jews and Samaritans hated each other.)

#3 No self-respecting man, would ever speak to a woman with such a bad reputation.

She gave Him a drink of water and He in turn offered her a drink of the living water through offering her forgiveness, redemption, and new life. The Samaritan woman graciously accepted His offer and ran back to town to the very ones who despised her. There she proclaimed with unembarrassed excitement the arrival of the promised Messiah. The people of Samaria eagerly responded to Christ also, yearning for His living water.

Jesus Christ was proclaimed to the people of Samaria through the testimony of an outcast, a woman who drank the offered water and was forgiven, cleansed, and renewed, never to thirst again. Hallelujah!

I love you & He loves you more!

Lord, May we learn from You that no one is an outcast in Your eyes. You desire all to come to the knowledge and understanding of the One who seeks us as His own. May we acknowledge how Jesus walked this earth and follow in His footsteps. Please Lord, give us a heart for the lost. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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