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#51 Hide and Seek

Jesus knows this woman is seeking. So he engages her, “If you knew what God has for you, and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

She is intrigued and takes the bait. “How can you offer me water when you have nothing to draw with? Are you greater than our father Jacob…?” (She’s spiritual and open.)

“Everyone who drinks here, gets thirsty again. The water I give satisfies. In fact, it becomes a spring inside you making new life.”

“Sir,” she replies, “give me your water so I don’t have to come here to get water…” (alone, at noon–obviously avoiding others).

“Call your husband and come back.” Jesus invites.

“I have no husband,” she answers, hoping to end this turn of conversation.

“Well said,” he notices, as if reviewing her life, “you’ve had five husbands, and the one you’re with now isn’t your husband.”

She stares at him, a shiver runs through as she reverently observes, “You must be a prophet.”

The Samaritans had been denied the privilege of helping rebuild the temple at Jerusalem in the days of Ezra. Rebuffed and insulted, they built their own temple, and the two groups had hated each other–and not spoken–since. But Jesus shows he holds no prejudice.

A woman, a Samaritan, an outcast in her society–a three-time loser–God singles out for her ability to draw others!

“So why do you people say we should worship at Jerusalem?” She asks. (Anything to distract him from her past.)

John 4:10-20

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