Woman at the well bible study
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Samaritan woman at the well
Just before He ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples, Go and make disciples of all nations. We know that this is a command for all Christians in each successive generation. Yet I think most of us feel guilty because we hardly ever tell anyone about the greatest gift in the world salvation through Jesus Christ. But usually our problem is to know how do to do it. One of the ways is through Friendship Evangelism. The premise is that as we try to win people to Jesus Christ, we must attempt first to become their friends, talk to them, listen to them, invite them to our homes, go places with them, show them love, help them in their need.
Then when they see that we really are different, they will want what we have and we can share Christ with them. We are learning that Jesus Christ was God living here in a human body, fully God and fully man.
He revealed the invisible God, our heavenly Father to us in His words, attitudes and actions. He told his disciples He wanted them to be His friends and He showed what true friendship looked like. Since He is now in heaven, He has given us the responsibility to reveal God, our heavenly Father, through our lives so that others may be born into His family, and He modeled for us in His many relationships how to be a true friend to others.
As we wor k through our lesson today we will discover principles He modeled that still work in being a true friend. He had gone to Jerusalem for the Passover and the religious leaders were beginning to ask questions about him. In order to avoid a direct clash with them at this time He started back to Galilee. He did not have to go through Samaria. This was a deliberate choice other Jews never made. They hated the Samaritans, they considered them to be racial and religious half breeds.
So they went around two longer routes to avoid them. But Jesus went through Samaria because there was someone He had to see there. I think we often give priority to activities, schedules and programs. But people must come first.
They arrived at the little village of Sychar about noontime. The road ran through a valley and the town was up on a hill.
The well that Jacob had dug years before was still supplying water. The disciples went into the town to buy food, but Jesus sat alone by the well.
He was tired, hungry, and thirsty, a clear indication of his humanity. Jesus did something we can learn from. They were both at the well needing water. She had a jar, He did not. He asked a favor of her, put himself in a position of need. This is not usually our approach, is it? What was even more unusual was that Jews would not use the same utensils as a Samaritan, because they considered them unclean, but this man wanted to use her waterpot.
Not only that but a Rabbi never spoke to a woman in public, not even his own wife and he certainly never would have spoken to a Samaritan woman. But man made rules never controlled Jesus. There is a lesson for us here. Do we let social, racial or religious barriers keep us from befriending people who need to know the Lord Jesus and who could enrich our lives and broaden our understanding of the love of God for all people.
I see wonderful examples of this in Christians who cross these barriers to reach out to immigrants and homeless people all over our city. Others have gone to help those who lost everything in Katrina and other disasters. Notice how Jesus responded to her question. We cannot make true friendships when we always wear a mask to protect ourselves and hide our real self.
I know we can do this from fear of rejection. But people want to know the real you. We must be authentic and vulnerable. Sure, there is a risk involved. On the other hand, we do not want to dump the whole truck load at our first encounter. He constantly exposed himself to rejection, but He never let rejection change His confidence or His worth. You see, this woman had to trust Him before she could receive His gift.
And people have to trust us before they will trust the Savior we say we believe in. Notice how He stimulated her curiosity. What was the gift? Who was He? What was living water? Living water to her meant a fresh spring in contrast to a pool or cistern. Her answer shows that they were on different wave lengths. She was literal. He used terms that had deep spiritual significance.
But he was not discouraged by her cluelessness. Living water was used symbolically in the O. Just as we cannot live physically without H2O, we cannot live spiritually without God, who is the Source of living water. Jesus wanted to satisfy the thirst of her soul. That thirst we were all born with. Wealth, beauty, art, education, power, pleasure, career, even marriage —all are finally meaningless in the effort to find the essential values of life, to find personal fulfillment, to quench our thirst.
Nothing material or earthly can satisfy the thirst of our spirits. Here Jesus identifies living water with the Holy Spirit who indwells each person the moment that we put our faith in Christ. In the O. But now He lives permanently in each one of us who belong to Jesus. That is why we will not be thirsty for God again. Many of us, even believers spend our lives expecting another human being to satisfy that thirst —a husband, either present or future, a parent, a child, a friend.
No human being, no matter how wonderful can fill the place meant only for God. There are needs people can meet, and there are needs only God can meet and we should know the difference. This will save us from unrealistic expectations and constant disappointment. The woman was interested. She was entirely literal. She had a wrong understanding and wrong motives. Cannot you hear her thinking: Would not it be wonderful to never have to come to the well again, never to run the risk of woman gossiping about her.
What a deal. But Jesus did not lose patience with her. We must show that we are interested in them, accepting them without demanding that they change first. This is hard to do, but if we are going to tell them that God loves them, it might be a good idea to let God demonstrate that love through us from the start.
Jesus knew all about her before he met her. Omniscience He accepted her just as she was. This does not mean he approved of her life style. She was either widowed or divorced 5 times.
Only men could initiate divorce. Can you imagine what her self image was. The only man that would stay with her was one who would not marry her. Jesus just stated the facts, but He teaches us something important here.
The first step towards recognition of a need for salvation is for a person to acknowledge that she is a sinner. Each of us was born a sinner. That is why we sin. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
The sins we commit are just the evidence that we have a sinful nature. We all need forgiveness and Jesus is the only One who can give it. Many times human pride will keep us from admitting our sin. That is why this is important. Now she sidetracked him into a religious discussion. This will often happen when we try to share our faith. If Jesus is the only way, what about the heathen who never heard? Why would a good God let such evil happen?
Bad Girls of the Bible: The Woman at the Well
Start free trial. It was about noon. How can you ask me for a drink?
Just before He ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples, Go and make disciples of all nations. We know that this is a command for all Christians in each successive generation. Yet I think most of us feel guilty because we hardly ever tell anyone about the greatest gift in the world salvation through Jesus Christ. But usually our problem is to know how do to do it.
Lesson 3: The Samaritan Woman (John 4)
Throughout the gospels in the New Testament, there are many stories about encounters between Jesus and seemingly random people. I often study these scriptures and sometimes, commentaries in an attempt to extract meaning from these brief exchanges. One of the encounters is between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, who is often referred to as the woman at the well. The disciples seem to have disappeared for a while and so Jesus goes to the well by himself to get a drink of water. There he encounters a woman with whom he has an unusual conversation. She seems to know a lot about spiritual practices and beliefs, including the promise of a Messiah. As they talk, Jesus reveals himself as the Messiah and offers water that satisfies all thirstiness.
The Woman at the Well: How Transformation Happens
Question: "What can we learn from the woman at the well? This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan , a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men.
When Assyria carried away the northern kingdom of Israel in BC , not every citizen was taken. Many remaining Israelites married into the people whom the king of Assyria resettled in the area 2 Kings 17; 2 Chron. Because of this, many new identities emerged. The majority of Jews were essentially racist toward Samaritan society because of its religious practices and ethnic descent.
4 Amazing Things We Can Learn from the Woman at the Well
I met Tamara at the Dallas Juvenile Center and found her willing to talk as we sat at the table. But how could I proceed with this young woman who had a fundamental misunderstanding of salvation? The same way Jesus did. Jesus met a woman as she approached a well in Samaria, and He opened a conversation by asking her for a drink.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: The Woman at the Well
Hidden Questions: Lessons From the Woman at the Well