A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:7-15
When I was a kid playing in the Houston summer nothing seemed to refresh more than a long drink from the garden hose. You would let the water run for a few seconds to clear the old and usually hot water from the hose and pipes and then cool water, splashing on your face. You would drink your fill and then pass the hose to a friend. Now today I doubt any kid would think to drink from a hose and even if they tried some adult would put a stop to such nonsense. In our germ-a-phobic world everyone is afraid of catching some terrible disease. Makes me glad I was a kid when I was.
Today of course you can quench your thirst in many ways, Gatorade or some other sports drink, maybe a coke or some caffeinated drink or even an adult beverage. The options seem endless. But a cool drink of water is usually the best, tried and true. In first century Palestine water was the drink of choice when you were hot and thirsty, the only drink for most. So today we find Jesus sitting by Jacob’s well in Samaria, tired and thirsty. John tells us it is about the sixth hour or noon to us. It is hot and typically the well would be deserted at this time. But, along comes a Samarian woman drawing her water for the day.
Knowing the customs of the day something is wrong with her timing. She should have gone to the well in the morning with the rest of the women. Most likely she is not welcome by the nicer women in Samarian society. Soon we will find out why. Jesus asks her for a drink another thing that was not done, Jews speaking to Samarian and especial a Jewish man to a Samarian woman. The woman questions Jesus about His request and then Jesus drops this on the woman, that if she only knew who she was talking to she would ask Him for a drink.
Surprised she says how can you give me something to drink? Why you have nothing to draw the water with. But the thirst Jesus is about to quench is not physical but spiritual. Jesus wants to quench her soul not her body and as usually she does not understand.
So often we go around with a parched soul looking for a quenching drink and when Jesus offers it we refuse, looking for something else. We want the Power Ade of spiritual refreshment not something that has been on the shelves for ever. We want the new stuff. After all, new must be better. We forget that water is all we really need. Water is what our bodies crave and living water is what our spirits crave. We can get water almost anywhere but living water, which has only one source, Jesus.
So quench you thirst, only make sure your draw from the right source. Once done you never need do it again,
Have a blessed day,