Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
The Samaritan woman processes this encounter at the well. What is he thinking? No Jewish man is permitted to talk to her. A woman AND a Samaritan. Much less ask for and offer a drink. Is this a trick? Has he a sinister plan? All these thoughts likely dance in her mind. Her thoughts morph into words as instead of accepting His offer, she asks what he is doing talking to her.
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water,” Jesus answers the woman at the well.
He doesn’t even have a bucket to draw water, she reasons, unable to look beyond the immediate circumstances she can see. Did he just say IF I knew the gift of God? And living water? Who does he think he is? Better than Jacob who dug this well? Her emotions are floating between anger, confusion, and intrigue.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” He says. He is on a mission with His words. He isn’t interested in winning an argument about a well; He is after a soul today.
Never thirst again, she thinks. Never walk to this blasted well again. Never carry the heavy jug miles back home. She is in. She doesn’t know what he is talking about, but the sound of never thirsting again is awfully appealing.
To be continued…
Question: Why do you think Jesus uses water and thirst to talk about what He has to offer this Samaritan woman at the well?