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January 12, 2017, 6:38 AM

We are Looking to the Wrong Well...


There is more to the story than catches the eye...

John 4:1-26 (NKJV)

A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah

4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A "loan for a friend"woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

Now. Take Another Look...
                 There is more to the story than catches the eye...

I truly love the story of the Samaritan Woman. In the reading above you are able to grasp a basic understanding that Jesus was on a journey and made a decision to leave the others and side track to an area that would not have been a normal stop... Jesus sits by a well, and awaits the arrival of a Woman (Samaritan Woman) and He then asks her for a drink, engaging in conversation with her.

I love the Woman's response to Jesus when He asks her for a drink, she said simply: Why are you talking to me, you and your people (Jews) have no dealings with us... Think about it, how many times do we get into a situation and we feel as though, Why would you be concerned about me. I'm a nobody... Then Jesus, Jesus comes back if you only knew... If you only knew who you were talking to, the Gift of God!...

Jesus goes into saying after if you knew, if you knew you would have asked Me (Jesus), and He would give you Living Water... The Woman comes back and says well you have nothing to draw the water with and the well is deep...

FAR to many times we look to the World for what we should be looking to God for, we get focused on what the world can give us to provide for us, help us, numb us from out care, concerns and problems when we should be looking to God (HIM). We ALSO not only look to the world for solutions, we get into situations and focus on how big they are (or how deep they are) and not HOW BIG God is...

God knows us, our needs and is waiting on us to be honest, and come to Him with the desires of our hearts and the desire to completely submit to Him, giving Him ALL of us and not holding ANYTHING back, giving Him our burdens, our struggles and completely to trust in HIM.

Blessings~
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell


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