Alec Taylor Writes:
The Lord Jesus left Judea to go to Galilee and he needed to go through Samaria (1-4). The most direct route to Galilee from Judea was through Samaria, but Jesus had another reason for going through Samaria. ere was a sinful woman and others in her city to bring to faith in himself. Most Jews despised Samaritans who were a mixed race of Jew and Gentile. their religion was mixed too, though they acknowledged the first five books of the Bible; they also looked for the Messiah (25). When the enemies of Jesus wanted to insult him, they called him ‘a Samaritan’ (8:48).
While the disciples were away buying food, the Lord Jesus was resting from his journey by Jacob’s well. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water Jesus asked her for a drink (6-8). This surprised the woman, for no Jew would drink from a container used by Gentiles. Jesus then aroused her curiosity by speaking about the gift of God and living water (which the woman took to mean fresh spring water). She wondered how he could obtain such living water from such a deep well; could this stranger be greater than Jacob (9-12)? Jesus told the woman that the water from the well could only satisfy for a time, ‘but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst’ (14). The woman misunderstood Jesus; she thought that he had some kind of water that, once taken, would quench her thirst for ever and do away with the need to draw and carry water (15).
Jesus went on to amaze the woman by revealing that he knew all about her immoral lifestyle (16-18). The astonished woman confessed that she knew that the coming Messiah would tell them all things (and Jesus had done this in her case). Jesus replied that he is that very Person (25-26). She forgot about water and on the arrival of the disciples, hurried back to Sychar, saying to the men, ‘Come, see a man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ (27-30). Many Samaritans came to faith in Christ through the testimony of the woman (39-42). She discovered the surpassing greatness of our Lord and Saviour. Have you?