Last week we began looking at the story of the woman at the well in Samaria…
Jesus entered an unexpected, undesirable place.
He was tired from his journey and sat down by Jacob’s well. The place was deserted, as the disciples went off in search of something to eat.
I don’t believe this is coincidental.
Jesus could only speak openly with the woman he was about to encounter if she was alone. Her shame would have been too overwhelming. Which is why she probably chose this time, when no one else was around, to go to the most public place in town to draw her water.
She went to draw water, but Jesus was drawing her to Him.
Okay, I think she might have been a little rattled. I picture her almost defiantly answering Him. In her shame, she felt the need to be on the defensive.
The Samaritan woman said to Him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’” (verse 9)
She asked “How can you ask me for a drink?” Obviously she was surprised that a Jew would speak to her, and the fact that she was a woman was an issue as well. Nice Jewish men didn’t hang out talking to Samaritan women at the local watering place.
I think maybe she wondered how He was allowed by his “laws” to speak to her. Otherwise, she might have asked why He would, but instead she asked how He could.
Jesus was gentle in His response.
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.” (verse 10)
We don’t ask for what we aren’t aware of.
She didn’t know that God’s gift was forgiveness for her sins and eternal life. She didn’t recognize Jesus. All she knew was her pain. When we are in pain and shame, we often can’t comprehend that Jesus is reaching out to help us even if we have been calling for him. Sometimes, like the woman, we wonder how He can even speak to us.
Our broken life doesn’t disqualify us from God.
It is the very thing that can drive us to him, if we let it. It is what he longs to restore and make right. If we’ll let him.