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Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Samaritan Woman:
Did She Receive Living Water?

John 4
1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.


Here she comes …

7 A woman of 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 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

That was interesting. I wonder what her attitude was here. Was she amazed and humbled that he asked her for water – or was she sassy?

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

There is a condition to this.
Here is a “truncated” version of Jesus statement, without conditions:
“[Ask] Him and [He will give] you living water”
However, Jesus didn’t simply say that. He gave her some conditions. What were the conditions? Well, judging from that verse – the conditions were these:
1. IF you knew the gift of God
2. IF you knew who it is who is speaking to you


11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do you get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

Now that does sound a little sassy.

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

That verse gives me goose bumps.

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

She still thinks He is talking about the wet stuff. She was concerned with the physical.

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

In my estimation, Jesus is telling this woman that He knows who she is and what she is about. Nothing is hidden from Him. That must have been a very disconcerting thing to hear.

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Jesus has shifted the meeting to a spiritual (religious) discussion. She doesn’t shy away from the dialogue.

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Jesus has jsut told her that the Samaritans are .. how to say this ... clueless (?) about worship, but that the Father is looking for people to worship Him in a way that transcends the limitations of location. Next, the woman makes what sounds to me like a very humble statement. She is basically saying that she doesn’t know just what all the answers are, but she is waiting for the Messiah.

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (Wow!)

28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

She was so excited that she forgot her water jug!
In the Greek, her statement is something like this:

[not?] This is the Christ!

It is a question that makes a negative answer seem unlikely. It was the best way a woman of her standing in the community could make a declaratory statement about such an important matter. She told them the Messiah was there! Come and see!! This Samaritan woman truly led some people to Christ that day.

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”

Many of the Samaritans believed in Him. It started because the Samaritan woman testified that this man knew all about her ‘skeletons in the closet.’ It certainly was easier to convince these Samaritans that He was the Messiah ... than the religious leaders who were “waiting for the Messiah.” He did great miracles before the eyes of the Pharisees and they refused to believe Jesus was the Christ, yet coming to faith began for these people at His miraculous knowledge of one woman’s (of questionable reputation) secret affairs.

40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.

Those two days must be part of what was described here in the last verse of the gospel of John:

25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:5)

42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

To my readers: These Samaritans became convinced that Jesus was the Christ and it all began at His conversation with the "woman at the well." Jesus spoke to her of the gift of God: the living water that He, the Messiah could give her – "springing up into" into eternal life. What do you think the living water is? Do you think the woman received the living water at that time? Did any of them?

34 Comments:

  • You did a wonderful job with this!I love this passage...the dialogue...and the final realization of the truth. Yes, I believe that the woman at the well finally received the living water after Jesus left her and that through her, just one woman, many also believed.

    By Anonymous janna, at 4/02/2006 6:29 PM  

  • Another great post Rose! To answer the question:

    It's so tempting to do an in depth analogy here but suffice it to say that just as water is needed to sustain life yet we need to receive it continually so the living water is to sustain eternal life but we need recieve it only once. That water is the Word of God.

    By Blogger Kc, at 4/02/2006 6:35 PM  

  • Rose,

    What does this statement mean?:" "springing up into" into eternal life."

    Could this also mean that there is a spiritual transformation being spoken about here? Isaiah 1:16-18, Isaiah 44:3,Ezek.36:25-27? In John 7:37-39 Jesus speaks of coming to Him to drink, and that he who does so, and believes, will have rivers of living water flowing out of his heart, speaking of the eventual coming of the Spirit. It doesn't indicate that there is a time when that would not be so in the life of one who comes to Him for a drink. It is the description of Christianity.

    I can not believe that the woman at the well went on to live as she did before this beautiful encounter. I believe her life was changed after this episode. Yes she was saved at this point- and transformed.

    I do not think that there is any way to escape the truth that Jesus changes lives, at least the general direction of their life. Is there any one of us here who will dare to think that the desire to live for Jesus arises from within their own heart? Does that desire to live for Jesus until the end arise from within us? No. This is all the result of the Holy Spirit,the "rivers of living water";the "fountain of water springing up into everlasting life".

    Could this woman have been one of the 120 at Pentacost?

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 4/02/2006 8:15 PM  

  • Hi Rose,
    I believe that once she 'knew', and then 'asked', that she would then have been given the gift that had been offered, of water that springs up into everlasting life. I don't know when she 'knew' but I suspect it would have been later on, once she had time to piece things together and absorb what she had just experienced. At the time when she 'knew' Jesus was the Messiah is the time when I believe she would have been sealed with the Spirit. A very encouraging picture of someone yearning for the Messiah, even seeking Him, and being quite rewarded.

    Heartily...Todd

    By Blogger Todd, at 4/02/2006 10:43 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Funny you should post on this, because it was the topic of this morning's sermon.

    This reminds me of when I was a young Christian, and when something came up that I was praying about, it always seemed to be the topic of the next sermon. I honestly think God did that just for me (as in Luke 15:4)

    I'll try to come back to this a little later, but I had to mention that. Well done!

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 4/02/2006 11:58 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Okay, I'm back. Jesus Himself defined the living water later on:

    "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
    'But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified."

    (John 7:38-39)

    So did she receive the Holy Spirit at that time? Not in the full sense that we would know it today, because Jesus was not yet glorified. But Jesus hints, in another place, that in some way the Holy Spirit was with them anyway, during this time before His glorification:

    "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.'
    (John 14:17)

    Here, even before the cross, Jesus is saying that the Holy Spirit dwells with them. So I would say she received the Spirit in this sense. She left the pot, but took the living water.

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 4/03/2006 6:11 AM  

  • Hi Janna ... I also love the dialogue. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment.

    kc,
    I also remember many places in the Bible where whater is a reference to the Word of God. You and I often have similar thoughts.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/03/2006 9:14 AM  

  • Some would see "the living water" as the person of Jesus.

    Others would see it as the gift of salvation, being worked out from eternity past, now and forever.

    Still others would see "the living water" as a future reward set for us at heaven's gate.

    Jesus referred to Himself as the Living Water, and references to Him in that guise are made in the Book of the revelation.

    I believe that woman was saved that day.

    But I could be wrong.

    I was, at least once, last year.

    By Blogger Joe, at 4/03/2006 9:18 AM  

  • Hi Bluecollar!!
    I wondered if anyone would say that the water is the Holy Spirit.
    Let me paste a couple of your Scripture references here:

    3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. (Isaiah 44:3)

    25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

    I actually think that those verses, and the one in Isaiah (although I like it for referring to God's mighty, reasonable power to completely cleanse from sin) refer to something yet future and Israel-specific, like what is described here in Zecharaih 12 and 13:

    10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.

    1 "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.


    Then again, Maybe you don't see it that way? Am i being too dispensational? I really believe those are speaking of the future righteousness that Israel, as a nation, will expereince.

    37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)

    Here you make your point really well with me. I wonder if the Spirit is what He meant when He described the water "springing up" to the woman. Then again, this last verse says that the indwelling Spirit had not yet been given. In the dialogue with the woman at the well, He said IF she knew and asked He would have given it to her - I think "right then" was implied. Interesting thoughts. Either way, I believe "eternal life" is the life of God, and the life of God to us is the Holy Spirit, so it could be said that eternal life or the Holy Spirit are both the same answer. Then again, the Word of God is also water. We know that the Word is Jesus Himself in John 1. And Jesus is the Holy Spirit as well. Wow!!! I have been blessed to have just thought about all that! The wonders of the blessed Trinity! Thanks, Mark.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/03/2006 9:48 AM  

  • Hi Todd,
    I am with you on your assessment, except on ething: I think she knew right away that He was the Messiah. When she left her water pot (not an insignificant detail - they couldn't just drive over to Target and buy a new one) and ran into town, basically, she told them "This is the Messiah." But, we don't know when she ASKED for the actaul living water. She may have asked before she ran off to the town and it is just not recorded, or she may have asked during the two days that he stayed there. Either way, I am sure that after such an encounter, she would not have neglected to ask and recieive the "gift" that He had told her was available for the asking.

    Isn't that wonderful? It is quite an encouraging picture.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/03/2006 10:15 AM  

  • Hi Loren,
    I love it when we read or hear of the same passage in two venues - it does seem the Lord is targeting us at those times, doesn't it?
    Thanks for offering the verse from John 14! That helps. See my comments to Bluecollar in the last paragraph - whaddayathink?

    Joe,
    You're never wrong! Tell me the verse from Revelation, will ya? (I could look it up myself, but it is more fun to ask you.) :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/03/2006 10:21 AM  

  • Rose,

    You bless me with how you work though things. In my humble opinion,I believe this women was transformed as a result of this encounter, along the way that Loren desribes: "So did she receive the Holy Spirit at that time? Not in the full sense that we would know it today, because Jesus was not yet glorified. But Jesus hints, in another place, that in some way the Holy Spirit was with them anyway, during this time before His glorification:

    "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.'
    (John 14:17)

    Here, even before the cross, Jesus is saying that the Holy Spirit dwells with them. So I would say she received the Spirit in this sense. She left the pot, but took the living water.

    4/03/2006 6:11 AM

    Well said Loren!

    Rose,Is it possible that this woman went on to be a physical follower of Christ in His journey's?

    Do you think that she went back to that man that she was not married to after this encounter?

    Could she have gone on to be one of the 120 in the upper room at Pent.? Could she have gone on to be one of the 500 "brethren" that Christ appeared to mentioned in 1 Cor.15:6; all as a result of this encounter?

    Rose, your desire to work through things, the thought you put into things are a blessing. We need thinkers like you in blogdom.

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 4/03/2006 10:29 AM  

  • Bluecollar,
    Thanks for the vote of confidence. Let me think about your questions while Simon and I take Cookie to the vet. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/03/2006 10:32 AM  

  • ... Because I neglected your thoughts from your last comment about being transformed. Sorry. I got so caught up in the Scripture passages that you entered in your first paragraph!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/03/2006 10:34 AM  

  • Rose,

    Your points about the water in scripture being both the Holy Spirit (John7:38-39) and the word (Eph.5:26) are good. Isn't it interesting what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5"unless one is born of water and the Spirit"?...The word and the Spirit.

    What Loren said, " she left her pot, but took the water", at least in the way that it was avaible then. Loren makes a good point that the Spirit was with them John14:16-17. Notice that He was with them, but not the world. His presence with them is the reason why they were followers of Christ,IMO.

    There is no life apart from the word and the Spirit. Never was, even in the OT. Jesus went on to describe Eternal life in John 17:3. In there look up the word "Know" in your dictionary.

    Hope Cookie is OK.

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 4/03/2006 11:30 AM  

  • Rose,
    I wonder if Rev.21:6 and Rev.22:1,17 are speaking of the Holy Spirit?

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 4/03/2006 12:41 PM  

  • Rose,

    In this same passage Jesus tells the woman that the Father seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. Did this woman leave this encounter as such a worshipper?

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 4/03/2006 1:09 PM  

  • Hi Rose,
    I just deleted a comment of mine that I thought was a little redundant and even off track. See I'm even sort of a harsh critic to myself sometimes.

    I'm am also willing to accept very gladly that she recieved the gift right there in His presence at the time of the encounter. The gift immediately, of a promise which would materialize fully probably right after His ascension and the gift of the Spirit on the day of pentecost. Have a nice day. Todd

    By Blogger Todd, at 4/03/2006 1:30 PM  

  • Hi Bluecollar!
    I looked up the word "know"

    γινώσκω
    ginōskō
    Thayer Definition:
    1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
    1a) to become known
    2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
    2a) to understand
    2b) to know
    3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
    4) to become acquainted with, to know
    Part of Speech: verb

    A prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed): - allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

    Cookie is OK, I just needed to get her weighed so she could get heartworm medication.

    I am not sure what you wanted me to see about the word "know"

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/04/2006 10:17 AM  

  • 6He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. (Rev 21:6)

    1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. (Rev 22:1)

    The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev 22:17)

    Yes, bluecollar, I think these are what Joe was referring to. I thought it would be fun for him to offer them, but he has such a long blogroll that he probably won't come by here again for another couple o days. Wonderful verses that show the freeness and avaiabilty of the water of life - the spring Christ spoke of the the Samaritan woman. The Word of God which flows from the father and the Spirit indwelling the believer. How awesome!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/04/2006 10:21 AM  

  • Todd,
    Thank you for your thoughts! You are like me in a way, I think - we don't have to know all the answers.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/04/2006 10:23 AM  

  • Bluecollar,
    You say:
    I can not believe that the woman at the well went on to live as she did before this beautiful encounter. I believe her life was changed after this episode. Yes she was saved at this point- and transformed.

    Mark, I tend to think you are right. However, we don't really know do we? I mean, many of the people that we know around us today who become believers have very dramatic changes in their lives. As Thomas said "blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe." Now, my point in bringing up that verse is that my initial thought was, wow, how could she ever flounder after that meeting. The sheer incredible exhileration of meeting God face to face would last a lifetime. Then I remembered that some of his followers got discouraged, just as we do. Think about the guy in Cor.5 1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife. 2And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?

    Could he have ever met Jesus, maybe on a trip to Judea? It really wouldn't matter, would it? We all face the same human condition, whether we have seen the Messiah in person or have received His spirit at a time after His ascension. We are not yet perfect. We are commanded to "be transformed, by the renewing of our mind." Is this automatic and guaranteed, Mark? No. Neither can I be sure what this woman did with the incredible gift she received that day. If I had to bet (not that Christians should gamble) I would lay odds that she followed Him.

    You ask,
    Rose,Is it possible that this woman went on to be a physical follower of Christ in His journey's?

    I am not sure. Do you know? Does it name her anywhere - I am not aware of it.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/04/2006 10:36 AM  

  • Mark, you also ask:
    Could she have gone on to be one of the 120 in the upper room at Pent.? Could she have gone on to be one of the 500 "brethren" that Christ appeared to mentioned in 1 Cor.15:6; all as a result of this encounter?

    That could be as well. I just don't know. One thing I do know, women were allowed to follow Jesus. He accepted woman as well as men. I thank God for that!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/04/2006 10:39 AM  

  • Rose,

    Thank you for your careful and very gracious response.

    I never said that christians can not be guilty of terrible sins, like that guy in 1 Cor.5 that you mentioned. I've seen a few myself. However, floundering is not the issue. I was talking about the overall course of ones life being altered after an encounter with Christ. There is an awareness of ones condition before God, an awareness that Christ is the only answer for your sin, that there are consequences for sin and that you had better flee to Christ for refuge. These are the result of a working of the Holy Spirit on one's life, hence, looking up the word "Know". Only the Holy Spirit can bring a person to that place where they "Know" God. The beginning of that "knowledge" of God is when the gospel message rings in our ears for that very first time, and we believe it.

    Back to the woman at the well. Jesus put His fingure right on her sin and He told her how God would be worshiped from then on. I can not believe that He did these things, only to have her go back home to that man that she was not married to. I can not believe that her whole concept of worship of God was not radically altered after this encounter.

    A changed life was the result of this encounter, as well as a person having received the living water.

    You are a good thinker, and thank you for looking up that definition.

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 4/04/2006 11:13 AM  

  • See, in my feeble little brain, I connect concepts and principles.

    Thus I see a relationship between:

    “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

    and

    Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

    and

    Re 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

    On the other hand, I DID think of this last year.

    By Blogger Joe, at 4/04/2006 4:10 PM  

  • It seems to me that she did repent of her sin and seek God. I could be wrong, but I believe she was genuinely converted.

    By Blogger Ednella, at 4/04/2006 6:46 PM  

  • There is an awareness of ones condition before God, an awareness that Christ is the only answer for your sin, that there are consequences for sin and that you had better flee to Christ for refuge.

    I say amen. This is, IMO (or IMU) what brings us to saving knowledge of Christ. There is a difference in an event/process. I see this initial conversion as an event. The process of practical sanctification is God's best for the savee following conversion, but there are many variables than can derail this process on this earth. However, He who started the work is faithful to complete it - He will resuurect all those who have received Him initially (start of the work) and bring them the all the way to perfect holiness. (completion)
    Sorry, maybe we just can never see that the same way.
    -Your friend nonetheless!

    Joe,
    You have not a feeble little brain. I love the way you connected those - it is truly beautiful and perfect - written by the same co-authors.

    Hi Ednella,
    I think most Christians would agree that she received the living water, except maybe someone who wanted to argue for argument's sake. I am glad you stopped by!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/05/2006 10:52 AM  

  • Rose,
    My apologies that I didn't have time to read all through this yet (I'm headed out of work), but just wanted to say hi. Will come back and read more thoroughly tomorrow!
    God Bless.

    By Blogger Kristi, at 4/05/2006 4:44 PM  

  • The text seems clear to me that she believed that Jesus was the Christ from the very moment that Jesus said he was.

    Remember, she was a misfit, an outcast, in the community. She was fetching her water in the heat of the day, long after respectable people did the same.

    Her question to the people, "Could this be the Christ" was with the timidity of tact that sought to present no opposition.

    Why would the woman wish to bring upon herself any more shame by pointing to One in whom she doubted was the Christ? He told her all things that she ever did!

    This was her opportunity to shine in the minds of townsfolk; she was presenting the very Christ whose prophetic ability she observed first hand!

    Some believed because of her own word, but many more believed because they came and experienced Jesus Christ and His words for their very selves. Are we to consider that the townsfolk were believing that this was the Christ without having seen Him from a woman who wasn't sure herself?

    The woman's possible expectation did not work out as good as she may have supposed, at least for the time being, as evidenced by some of their responses:

    John 4:42
    Now we believe, not because of what you said...

    This woman believed that Jesus was the Christ and therefore received the absolutely free gift of eternal life, and this occured immediately upon her belief that Jesus was indeed the Christ directly after she heard it out of His very own mouth in verse 26.

    The woman exitedly left her waterpot and headed to the city...

    It will be a marvelous encounter indeed when I sit with her in the Kingdom of God and allow her to share with me the account of her fortuitous meeting with her Savior on the day of her eternal salvation.

    Antonio

    By Blogger Antonio, at 4/05/2006 9:46 PM  

  • Antonio,
    Bless you my brother! I almost cried reading your comment. You have such a heart for God. Your words are a blessing to me - that is the way I see the story also. It is simply beautiful when the Lord offers the living water to a thirsty soul.

    Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. (Proverbs 25:25)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/06/2006 12:12 AM  

  • Thanks for visiting, Kristi! It is good to see you here.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/06/2006 12:13 AM  

  • Great post, Rose.

    Hope to be visiting more regularly again, but I am not going to hold my breath for B- T- to sort out my internet connection.

    God Bless

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 4/06/2006 7:49 AM  

  • Yes, B-T- sounds pretty "naff." (2 Fs or 1?)
    :~)
    Can't wait till you are back for good. We, your friends, have been having symptoms of DF withdrawal.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/06/2006 11:32 AM  

  • Hi Rose :)

    This is really a great post.

    I love this story and have considered what you are asking.

    I think the comment on chapter 7 would mena the water here is the Holy Spirit if Jesus hadn't specifically said "He would have given you living water.”

    The Holy Spirit hadn't been poured out yet as 7:38-39 say. As you have said.

    So I think it is the Word of God, specifically the message of eternal life. That's what Jesus is offering her, the offer of eternal life.

    Great discussion :)

    Jodie

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at 4/07/2006 10:58 AM  

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