This wasn’t supposed to happen! She was just simply doing her daily chores, and maybe hoping no one would really notice. She sort of had a sketchy past. Some say it was really bad. Others say, well maybe it wasn’t that bad. Sure, she might have had some bad luck and went through some hard things, but that doesn’t make her any worse than anybody else. Whatever the case, whatever the point of view, probably the last thing she ever expected meet than man that she did!
Oh no, no, no, no, no! It wasn’t like that! This wasn’t a Romeo and Juliet type story. This wasn’t a Cinderella story!
No, No, she was already married five times and living with another man under some type of arrangement. Not knowing all the background, it’s probably safe to say some people looked down upon her.
She was a Samaritan woman. The Samaritans were a mix between the Assyrians and the Jews. When the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC, many Assyrians were moved into the land, and eventually the city of Samaria was built.
Through the years, the Assyrians married the Jews, and the Jews married the Assyrians, but this was despised by many Jews. Eventually, the area became known as Samaria.
Plus through the years, the Jews and the Assyrians had various conflicts. Then to top it all off, the Samarians had sort of a knock off religion of Judaism. The Samaritans only allowed the first five books of Moses, the Torah, and not the prophets, and they added some Assyrian customs, traditions and beliefs into their religion.
Needless to say, these were two cultures that just didn’t see eye to eye.
So this Samaritan woman was at the well getting water in the heat of the day. Why during the heat of the day? Some say she was despised because of her past, others give various reasons, but the Bible doesn’t explain or give any reason why she was there, but in John chapter four, verse four, the Bible says Jesus needed to go through Samaria.
It seems as if God does His greatest work at those unexpected times, those unexpected places and in unexpected people.
She had no idea what was about to take place when she saw Jesus at the well. She was a woman and they were not allowed to talk to men in public unless their husband was present. She was a Samaritan; He was a Jew. They don’t talk either.
Plus, it was the heat of the day. This wasn’t the time to be social. This wasn’t the time to strike up a conversation. Probably like many days before, few, if any people were at the well at this time, so she expected to get her water and to get back home No big deal. Life goes on; just another day.
But then Jesus steps into her world and things begin to change. The first question of Jesus to the woman had to shock her; it had to put her back on her heels. Here is Jesus, a Jew, asking for a drink from a Samaritan woman. That type of things just didn’t happen.
First, Jesus had nothing to draw the water, and secondly the Jews considered the cup of a Samaritan unclean. What did she get herself into now? If she would have only left 15 minutes earlier she could have avoided this whole ordeal. Five husbands, another man at the house, and now this guy, a Jew, wanting the impossible; just her luck! Just her luck! But the Bible says; do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels unaware!
But Jesus didn’t stop there with his questioning. He talked about water to never thirst again and of living water. Now He had woman’s attention. Oh, if she could just get some of this water. Maybe the trips to the well during the heat of the day would be a thing of the past. Her life would be so much better. How grand life would be if it were only that easy.
But how many times does God allow a physical need into a life just to reveal a more pressing spiritual need? What began as a simple request for water revealed a spiritual need for a Savior.
This wasn’t supposed to happen, but God has a mysterious way working all things for our good! He has a way of tearing down walls, of tearing down barriers, and revealing the plight of all mankind, the need for a savior. Five husbands and living with a man who is not her husband, yet Jesus needed to go through Samaria. As the woman at the well asked, could this be the Christ? Could this be the Messiah? Could this be Jesus doing his marvelous work to bring men and women to Him?