Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. John 4:16-19
In today’s verses we find out why the woman was getting her water at noon rather than in the morning. She is an adulteress. She has been married five times and is currently living with a man she is not married to. Now, today most people would not see what the problem was and would no doubt think the other women of the town intolerant. After all, how dare they try to enforce their beliefs on another? But back then adultery was a sin punishable by death so it would seem that this particular town did not take things as far as they could have.
We also see once again attributes of God in Jesus. Just as He saw Nathaniel under the fig tree and knew all about him, Jesus also knew about this woman even though they had never met. So when Jesus tells the woman how many times she has been married and that she is currently living with a man not her husband the woman is astonished. People back then did not flaunt their sins as so often happens today. Today this woman most likely would have written a book about her life but it would not have sold as most would think what’s the big deal?
Finally we see that the woman is at least willing to consider Jesus a prophet. He knows things that are not common knowledge especially for a Jewish man who has not been to this village before. Once again John shows us the divinity of Jesus with His omniscience.
Have a blessed day,