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The Jesus of Living Water, the Samaritan Woman at the
Well, Healing and Miracles
The Samaritan Woman at the Well and Living Water
"On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern seas and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name [Zechariah 14:8 – 9 NIV].”
For Jesus to be a sacrifice for all humans, it was important to God that His Son had the body of a human and suffered the same as any human might suffer.
On the way to Galilee, Jesus had to go through Samaria. He went to the Samaritan city of Sychar [meaning sugar] which was called Shechem of old, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph132, and Jacob's well was there. It was about 6 p.m., and Jesus was exhausted from walking all day in the hot sun. Because His stomach was in pain for need of food and His mouth was parched and powder-dry so that His tongue stuck to the roof of His mouth, He sat down by the well hungry, thirsty and exhausted, having sent His disciples after food.
Now it was the custom that men did not talk to strange women; Jews especially did not talk to Samaritan women. It was intensely frowned upon for a man to talk to a woman he did not know, as onlookers might think he was soliciting sex.
When a Samaritan woman came to the well for water, Jesus said to her, "Give me some water to drink."
"How is it? You are a Jew, and yet you ask me, a Samaritan woman for a drink? Jews do not regard women worthy enough."
Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gracious gift of God and who it is that asked you for a drink, you would have asked Him for a drink, and He would have given you living water."
"Sir, you don't have a leather bucket and you don't have a deep well. So where are you going to get this so-called living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob who drank from this well along with his sons and his sheep and gave this well to us?"
Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. Whoever drinks the water that I give them will never thirst again to the end of the universe. The water I give them will become a well of water inside them springing up to everlasting life."
"My lord, give me this water so that I will never thirst again and will never need to come here again to draw water."
"Go and call your mate [the one who loves you], and come here."
"I have no mate."
"How nice! You spoke well when you said you have no mate. The fact is, you have had five husbands and the one you are living with now is not your husband; what you said is true."
"Sir, you are a prophet! But our forefathers worshipped on this mountain, and you say the place we must worship is in Jerusalem."
"Woman, believe me, the time is coming when they will neither worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You do not even know what you worship; but we know who we worship because salvation came from the Jews. The time is coming, and it is even here now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. This is the kind of worshippers that the Father desires. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in faithfulness."
The woman said, "I know that the Messiah, the Christ, is coming, and when He comes, He will teach us everything."
"I am He, the One who is speaking to you now."
At this time His disciples came and were surprised that Jesus was talking to a woman. But they were afraid to ask what He wanted, or why He was talking with her.
The woman then left her water jug and went to the city and told the people, "Come and see a man who told me everything that anyone might do! Do you think he is the Christ?" So the people came out of the city to see Him.
Meanwhile, Jesus' disciples begged Him to eat. But Jesus said, "I have food that you do not know."
The disciples said among themselves, "What! Did someone bring Him something to eat?"
Jesus told them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work. Do you not say that the harvest comes after four months? I say, lift up your eyes and look at the fields that have already turned white and have been ready for the harvest a long time. He who reaps receives wages and gathers fruits to give everlasting life, so that the planter and the reaper may rejoice together. In this case, the saying is true that one sows and another reaps. I send you to reap that for which you did not labor; for others labored and you are benefiting from their labor."
Many Samaritans in Sychar believed in Him because the woman told them that He told her everything that she had done. The Samaritans begged Him to stay so He stayed with them for two days, and a great many believed in Him because of the great things He told them. They told the woman that it is no longer because of what she said that they believe in Him, but they themselves heard and know that this indeed is the Christ, the Anointed Life-giver, the Savior of the world.133
48:22; Joshua 24:32.
133. John 4:4-42.
Healing Comes with Faith
After two days, Jesus left Samaria and went to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. He said that a prophet is not honored in his own city, but in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him, for they were at the feast in Jerusalem and saw all the wonders that He did there during the feast.134
What is a miracle? Many regard David Hume as one of the greatest thinkers of his time. In 1741 – 1742, Hume published his Essays, Moral and Political, in which many people believe that he "proved" that the miracles of the Bible never took place. David Hume, in turning many against the Bible and Jesus, wrote that the only proof of a miracle is someone's testimony.
He went on to say that "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined. Why is it more than probable that all men must die; that lead cannot of itself remain suspended in the air; that fire consumes wood, and is extinguished by water; unless it be that these events are found agreeable to the laws of nature, and there is required a violation of these laws, or, in other words, a miracle, to prevent them?
"There must, therefore, be a uniform experience against every miraculous event; otherwise the event would not merit that appellation. And as a uniform experience amounts to a proof, there is here a direct and full proof, from the nature of the fact, against the existence of any miracle; nor can such a proof be destroyed, or the miracle rendered credible, but by an opposite proof which is superior.
"The plain consequence is (and it is a general maxim worthy of our attention) 'that no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless the testimony is of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish . . .' "
Hume goes on to further discredit miracles, and claim that the miracles of the Bible are unsupported fabrications. Does this convince you that there is no such thing as a miracle? If so, we should look into the utter shallowness of Hume's thinking.
According to Hume, there can be no sun, as the sun is a violation of the laws of nature. "Oh," say Hume's defenders, the sun is the result of hydrogen in space." No, my friend, there can be no hydrogen in space, because according to Hume, the creation of hydrogen out of nothing is a violation of the laws of nature. Is there then a law of nature that hydrogen must be created? If so, that law of nature is a miracle.
Likewise, there can be no earth, as the creation of all the chemical elements on the earth is a miracle. Nor is there any life on earth, as there is no law of nature that can justify life coming from inanimate matter, nor can there even be the existence of inanimate matter.
In the beginning, God spoke, and it was so. Then Jesus came to earth and spoke, and whatever He spoke, it became so. Then Jesus' disciples spoke, and it was so. These were all unmistakable and confirmed miracles, or there is no such thing as matter and life on earth.
The great mathematician Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650), after wondering if anything exists at all, or if he was just a figment of his imagination, came to the conclusion, "I think, therefore I am."
There is miraculous power in just speaking and thinking. The greatest achievers in all history all spoke positively before they achieved their goals. We have books by Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People), Benjamin Hill (Think and Grow Rich), Maxwell Maltz (Cybernetics), Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking) and others that demonstrate that miracles are the result of what we say and think, believing. God made us in His image and likeness; yet how many take advantage of the wonderful gifts that God has given us?
Jesus went by the power of the Holy Spirit to Galilee. When Jesus was in Galilee, He began to teach in their synagogues saying, "The time has come to an end and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Hope of Salvation in the Gospel for the Kingdom of Heaven is approaching. His fame spread wherever He went throughout the nearby country and He taught in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.135
Then He came again to Cana in Galilee, the place where He had turned water into wine. Just as a reed grows up out of the water, qanah, which is Hebrew for Cana [cane, or reed], means "create." Galilee means "heathen circle".
At Capernaum, there was a servant of a king, whose son was sick. Capernaum means "The village of Nahum". Nahum means to comfort or console.
The servant had heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee. So he went to Him and asked Him to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was dying.
Jesus told him, "Unless you see miracles and wonders, you will not believe."
But the king's servant said, "My Lord, please come down before my son dies."
Then Jesus said, "Go, your son is healed." And the man believed Jesus and left, and as he was traveling back to Capernaum, his bond servants met him and brought him the good news that his son was healed.
When the king's servant asked them what time he was healed, they said, "Yesterday during the seventh hour. The fever left him." The servant knew that it was the very hour when Jesus told him, "Your son is healed."
Figuratively, Jesus came back to Cana, the place where He created (the earth) to heal mankind on the Sabbath (the seventh hour, the seventh day, the millennium) or when you enter into your rest with Jesus136. The king's servant and his entire household believed in Jesus. This healing took place at Capernaum, the place of comfort or consolation, during the seventh hour. This was the second detailed miracle that Jesus performed after He came to Cana from Judea. The first time was when He turned the water into wine.137
Six days are for work, or creation, while the seventh day is for recuperation or healing of the body and restoring the soul. The Pharisees could not understand why Jesus healed on the Sabbath; yet the scripture is rich in this teaching.138. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we enter into our rest. Every day is the Sabbath for those who love the Lord. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.139. Rest in Jesus. Believe and be healed.
135. Mark 1:14, 15; Luke 4:14, 15; Matthew 4:17.
136. Hebrews 4.
137. John 4:46–54.
138. Hebrews 4:10; Revelation 14:13.
139. Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:27, 28; Luke 6:5.
A Bible study for Chapter 30
Jesus came back to Cana (Jesus is back): Revelation 16:15; John 21:22.
To where He turned water into wine (Jesus is back): Revelation 17:15; 19:13; 1 Peter 3:21.
A nobleman's son was sick, and the nobleman met Jesus [How do you meet Jesus?): James 2:10; John 1:12.
And asked Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal him: Matthew 7:8; Jeremiah 17:7, 8.
For he was near death (The closer you are to death, the closer you know Jesus is to you): Matthew 24.
Jesus said, "Go, your son is healed." The man believed the word Jesus spoke: John 10:27; 1:1–3; Matthew 8:8; Ezekiel 12:25.
As he was going, his servants met him: John 17:21.
He said, "Your son is healed." James 5:15, 16; Psalms 111:1–7.
He was healed during the seventh hour: Hebrews 13:8; Genesis 2:2; Revelation 8:1; Matthew 24:22 (Jesus talking about the days of your turmoil); Exodus 16:25-27; 1 Kings 20:29; Hebrews 4: 4, 10; Luke 12:27.
He and his household believed: Joshua 2:12; Acts 16:31; Luke 8:2, 3; Revelation 21 (especially 4, 22–27); Ephesians 3:20, 21.Praise God, I am healed! Not by my works, but by Christ who lives in me; He does the works: Galatians 2:20; John 14:10–14, 19 and 20.
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