Hello My Name Is (Week 2) – Samaritan Woman
Hello again Mummy Meditators – this week we’ve been carrying on our look at the Samaritan woman and trying to unpick a bit more of her story and why it is so important that its included in the bible. We’ve been meditating on the following verse:
“The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.” John 4:15-17
Jesus knew more than he let on
So lets cut to the chase – this verse completely confuses me! Even after a week meditating on it I am still non the wiser on what is going on here. And I guess that unless we were in the mind of Jesus we wouldn’t know for sure. The bible can be like that sometimes – throwing out more questions than it answers. AND THAT’S OK! Sometimes we need the revelation of the Holy Spirit to really understand what is going on. But that is one thing Jesus definitely has in this situation – the revelation of the Holy Spirit. That revelation means he knows more about this woman than he initially wants to let on.
Last week we saw that she was keen to remind him that she was a Samaritan – a clear “STAY AWAY” signal. But Jesus already knew that, and so much more. He knows her history and he also knows what influence she is capable of having on her town in the future. He knows her, just like he knows you and me. That is a very comforting place to be. Jesus wants to use us to share the love and good news of the gospel, even knowing our past and future mistakes. He sees the potential and takes the chance.
She wants him to know more
At the beginning of this verse we see the end of their previous conversation, all about water (a bit of banter about him not having a bucket!) and water of life. In this snapshot we see her desire to truly know Jesus and gain the salvation he is offering. Her heart wants to know him.
Has it struck anyone else as odd that she then actually shares some quite intimate details of her life with an almost complete stranger? At this point, most other women would be running for the hills, inventing a fake husband to protect themselves or make themselves look better. But she doesn’t do that. No, she is brutally honest and invite Jesus in to know that she has no husband. One of our Mummy Meditations Facebook Group members said that wells are quite often a romantic meeting place. Maybe she has that in the back of her mind as she’s talking to Jesus – what if he could be her romantic saviour instead of her catalogue of past husbands? Whatever her motivation, she tells him the truth and wants for him to know her more.
Asking questions you already know the answer to….
We came up with many reasons why Jesus asked this question rather than just telling her he knew. Perhaps it was to build trust in the situation. Perhaps it was playful banter or flirting. Perhaps it was to get her thinking and searching herself. Perhaps it was a more delicate way to bring up this touchy subject. I don’t know. But it does bring them to the point of discussing her marital situation. Again, we cannot be 100% sure what her marital situation is (some translations differ and people’s interpretation of where she is adulterous, divorced, living outside marriage or with a brother) but we know one thing – it is not ideal. It is not the blueprint that God set out for us and it is not respected by the people in the town where she lives. And Jesus knows that.
In HER Shoes
Meeting a guy at a well who isn’t repulsed by either your nationality or your personal situation, when most other people were, must have been a very odd scenario for this woman. When I stepped into her shoes I was mostly intrigued with Jesus, wondering what his agenda was. I think that by this weeks verse she was starting to warm to him, to open up and share a bit more about herself, and to let Jesus see even more of her heart. It must of been quite an exciting interaction for her, when it is clear most other people avoid her. She sounds isolated and lonely, so even just a quick conversation at a well would have been the highlight of her day. It got me thinking about those in our local communities that are isolated and lonely, perhaps by choice or maybe by others. How can we be Jesus to them? How can we get to know them despite their situations and be the highlight to their day?
Included but unnamed
When I ponder why this story is included it always comes back to me that it is to show that Jesus accepts people. Jesus wanted to spend time with those no-one else did, and this story and this woman are included to remind us to do the same. It is sooo tough sometimes to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and to go to the places that those people will be at the times when they will be there. But that is what Jesus did, so lets follow in his footsteps.
Our final week with the Samaritan Woman leaves us meditating on this verse:
“The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you-I am he.” John 4:25-26
I hope you will join me tomorrow (Monday) night at 9pm to start the week’s discussions! It will be great to hear your thoughts about what the Samaritan woman would be thinking and feeling after Jesus’ even bigger revelation!!! You can do that be logging in to the Mummy Meditations Facebook Group at 9pm.