The Bible teaches us that God ordains our steps. If that is true for us, and it is, then it is most certainly true for Jesus, the Son of the Living God. Nothing ever happened to Him accidentally, or without a purpose.
With that as a backdrop, please consider the event described in John 4 – the meeting between Jesus, and the lady simply known as “The Woman at the Well.”
The disciples had left Jesus behind as they went to purchase food. He stayed near this most important feature outside the city – the well. It was to be the centerpiece of the conversation between Jesus, and this Samaritan woman. Jesus engaged her in conversation. And, in reading the story, we see that the chat took several detours!
1 -- She didn’t perceive His identity
It is way too easy to be critical of the woman on this point. But once you think about it, she was on her way to draw water, and would not have expected an engaging conversation with a Jewish man.
Jesus broke the ice by asking her for a drink of water. She instantly was in shock at the political incorrectness of His asking! All she saw was that He was a Jew (Samaritans and Jews were not best friends!) She didn’t yet perceive that He was the Savior, the Giver of Life.
Jesus basically said to her, “If you only knew Who you were talking to, you’d ask ME for a drink – of Living Water.
2 -- She didn’t perceive His point
His invitation to ask Him for “living water” went right by her. She completely missed the clue to His identity – and to His invitation. She could only see what was familiar – for she didn’t expect anything out of the familiar.
But her lack of comprehension wasn’t limited to the water. It was to follow into the discussion of worship on the mountain, as she still didn’t see the point that He was making.
Why? She still didn’t perceive the Gift that He was, and what He wanted to tell her.
I can relate - sometimes I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed! At times, I hear words from the Lord…and they go right past me. I hear, but I don’t perceive.
I’ll finish my look at this amazing conversation between Jesus and the Woman at the Well next time…thanks for reading!
Till next time.
~ Mike Gilland
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