John 4:1–15 (ESV)
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria (Part 1)
4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to
pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How
is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered 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.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well
and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
The Pharisees are starting to go after Jesus, so Jesus moves on to Galilee by cutting through Samaria. Now Jews and Samaritans do not get along. When they stop at Jacob’s well, the disciples go on to buy food, but Jesus hangs back
at the well. A Samaritan woman comes to the well. It is about noon, the hottest time of the day. She has probably come at this time to avoid the respectable women. This Samaritan woman would not be deemed respectable because she has
had so five husbands and is living with a man now that is not her husband. But back to the Samaritan part. The Samaritans had intermarried with foreigners and corrupted the Jewish faith. This goes all the way back to the exile when they were
intermingled with foreigners. The Jews view them as corrupted. So the woman who is considered corrupted even by the Samaritans is now being confronted by Jesus, a Jew. She is the last person that she would expect a Jew to ask her for a drink.
The point I want to make is that the Gospel message is shared by Jesus to a Samaritan and a disrespectful one at that. We too should not make judgements about who to share our faith with and who not to. We are to share the Gospel with all people.
We have a lot to learn from the actions of Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, help me to share the Gospel with all people, and let the Holy Spirit do the converting. Help me to not be the judge and pick who
should hear the message and who doesn’t. Help me to overcome any prejudice over color, nationality, ethnicity, or whether rich or poor. Help me to love and care for all people and to want what’s best for them in God’s will. Amen.