John continued to relate our Lord’s passion to set God’s story straight. There, Jesus sat by Jacob’s well. The Samaritan woman approached. Jesus asked Her to please give him a drink. Our twenty-first century minds cannot even begin to understand how large a deal that really was.
In Jesus’ time, the culture placed women only a little better than livestock on the value scale. They were not educated, nor trained in the religious standards of the time. They were overlooked and underappreciated despite the fact that they raised and cared for the lives of the family around them.
God created both men and women to be partners and equals. Sin had allowed people to lose their perspective and so women, though invaluable, were marginalized in all areas of their lives.
Jesus immediately set out to change that paradigm. In Sychar, a place culture and tradition said He shouldn’t have been, Jesus started a very life-changing discussion with a woman. She was the first person that Jesus announced His deity to- that He was the Messiah! It was no slip of the tongue or awkward social mistake! Jesus was continuing the message that God saw things differently than men.
So, 2000+ years later, the world continues to marginalize women. Culture screams equal rights for women while at the same time objectifying and villainizing those who would give their lives to making houses into homes and their loved ones into families. Jesus would say today as he did in Sychar, women are incredibly valuable, capable, wise, and intelligent.
Jesus knew and would quicky show that women are the best evangelists and teachers. They literally spend their adult lives raising, mentoring and maintaining family relationships, all the while working, gathering provisions, and assuring that their people are fed, clothed, trained and valued in their own lives.
Make no mistake, the woman at the well was chosen as the brand representative for whom God sees as vital in the restoration of the kingdom. He always lifted them up and restored them as equals, and often just a little better than equals in the world.
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Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”