"It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.'" John 4: 6-7
Twice in the past 24 hours has God led me to the passage in John when Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. How interesting because God speaks to me a lot through repetition. The first time I read this story was last night in my bed as I was doing some Bible study.
And then again at church this morning. I may have even snickered when he said to turn to John 4 because isn't that just like God. Last night I sat in my room asking God to speak Truth into my innermost being and to help me to see Him rather than an outcome or answers to my questions.
Reading this story reminded me how much God loves people and that His grace is sufficient for me.
The following notes are taken from an online commentary I like to read, www.enduringword.com.
It was about the sixth hour. This woman came to the well at an unusual hour and alone. Typically women came for water earlier in the day and in groups. Perhaps there was a sudden need or perhaps she was a social outcast.
[In the last couple of days, I was sort of feeling like this woman at the well... like a social outcast with a stigma of divorce placed over my head. Wondering what God's will is for my life.]
Jesus said to her. By tradition, a rabbi would not speak to a woman in public, even his own wife. It was also very unusual for a Jewish person of that time to ask a favor or accept a drink from a Samaritan's cup. Jesus' request genuinely surprised the woman.
How is it that you being a Jew, ask a drink from me. Immediately, the woman was impressed by the friendliness of Jesus. This was probably the first time she had ever heard a kind greeting from a Jewish man.
End of commentary.
What Jesus showed to the Samaritan woman at the well was a case of grace coupled with a dose of mercy. Tradition said that he should not be talking to a Samaritan woman. But God loves people and saw through her physical person and into her heart. Donald Joy says in his book Bonding: Relationships in the Image of God that "we are not likely to keep faith with the words of Jesus unless we study his actions and regard them as commentary on his words." I love that. Joy goes on to say that "Jesus reads hearts and treasures persons... he is amazingly able to focus on the universal value in every situation - the deeper principle behind the laws that have been invented to protect the value."
Jesus loves me. This I know. Lord, I pray that my heart would continue to be wholly devoted to You. I pray that You would give me courage to walk boldly into my destiny that You have already laid out for me. Thank You for your grace and mercy that you poured out for me on the Cross. Amen.