John 4:3-15, The Living Water will spring up into everlasting life.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

"John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw."

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Jesus was going to Galilee through Samaria

In the last session we saw that Jesus was giving water baptism to people, including to his disciples. When Pharisees came to know about it, Jesus didn't stop it, but baptized people by his disciples. Then, he left Judaea to go to Galilee. "John 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph." Samaria was not a village or town by itself, and it was like a small state or a big town that contains a few more villages within. So, the surrounding small towns also called as Samaria. Jerusalem was the capital of the kingdom of Israel. When King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam became king. At his time the kingdom was split into two. God took ten tribes and gave them to another man called Jeroboam. They kept the name 'kingdom of Israel'; but, Samaria became their capital. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, got only two tribes, Judah and Benjamin. They kept the capital at Jerusalem, but the name became kingdom of Judah. However, at the time of Jesus, both kingdoms were gone, and Romans were ruling them. King Herod was under Caesar, taking care of a few affairs of the Jews. Samaria was between Judaea and Galilee, so people pass through Samaria, in order to go from one place to the other. Jesus was passing through Samaria, on his way to Galilee. There he went into the village Sychar, there was a property that Jacob has given to Joseph, and Jacob's well was in that piece of land. "6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)" Jesus went to the well, being tired because of the journey, sat by the well. It was midday, 12 O'clock. His disciple went to get lunch, and he was alone. "7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink." A woman came to draw water, and Jesus asked her to give some water to drink.

Were the Samaritans the part of the Kingdom of Israel.

She was a big mouth lady and there was a conversations about Samaritans and Jews. So, let us see who the Samaritans were at the time of Jesus. We just saw that Samaria was the capital of the kingdom of Israel, and they were 10 tribes of Israel. Why do they have no connections with the Jews now? They are supposed to be the children of Jacob! Let us look at the bible history. The people of Israel became ungodly. God repeatedly warned them, but they did not listen. They worshipped heathen gods, walked in the statutes of the heathen, committed secret sins, built high places in all their cities for strange gods, showed incense to their idols, sacrificed their own children to them, and so on. The list of their sins are in 2 Kings 17:7-22. It is a long list. Because of the unstopping continued sins of Israel, God gave them up to Assyria. "2 Kings 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, (king of Israel) the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. 20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. 23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day." So, Israel was taken, and they were relocated in a few towns in Assyria. After that, there is no record to say that they came back to Israel. So, apparently those ten tribes are lost. Present day Israelis are just Jews, which belong to the kingdom of Judah, who were of Judah and Benjamin, who came back from the exile of the kingdom of Judah, but not from the kingdom of Israel. All Israelis were removed from Samaria. No more descendents of Abraham were left there. "24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof. (So, Assyrians became the occupants of Samaria) 25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them. "In verses 26 & 27 they reported this to Assyrian king and he told them to teach the way of God to them, so that they may worship the God of Abraham and the lions will not kill them anymore. "28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD." So, the Assyrians have learned to worship the God of Abraham also. But, they never left other gods. So, Samaritans were not Jews, but they were Assyrians worshiping the God of Israel. Jesus also referred them as Gentiles. So, Samaria became a Gentile city, but they worshiped God of Israel.

Water from the well Or Prejudice of Race and Sex

Here is one more history about Jacob's well. When Jacob came from his father-in-law, with all his family and substance to his father's place, where his brother Esau was, after he met his brother Esau, there he bought a field of land. Genesis 33: 19&20 says that. Probably this well is on that land. Let us come to John. "John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink." Here, the woman met Jesus, and Jesus asked her water to drink. She does not seemed to be a kind woman. Verse 9 says, "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans." It seems that she didn't give him water, but confronted him for asking water. Her reasons were that he was a Jew and she was a Samaritan, and he was a man and she was a woman. Look how Jesus handled that. He ignored all of it, he didn't apologize, and he did not continue to ask water. Instead he said that he could have given her water. "10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." Now, either she is clueless, or she thinks that he is giving her a run around and she thought that the living water was to be drawn from the well. "11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?" Notice, she was an Assyrian, but not an Israeli. But, she talks as an Israeli, and call Jacob as her father, and so on. Again, Jesus ignored her questions about father Jacob, but engaged with the water again.

This Water is the Holy Spirit to drink

"Verse 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." It seems that she believed him at this point. However, she still thought that it is some kind of water with some magic power that will quench her thirst for ever. But, the water that Jesus Christ offered was the Holy Spirit that he will give to repented souls. "John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" As we begin to obey the guidance of the holy spirit, God will increase the measure of the spirit in us, it will guide into higher steps, until you become perfect. If we truly have received the holy spirit, it will guide us into all truth. "John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: .. John 8:32 ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The holy spirit will make you completely free from all sins. However, Jesus gives the man the responsibility to receive the spirit. If you and I take the initiative to receive the spirit, God says that he will give us the spirit. Jesus Christ says in Luke 11: "9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" So, God will give the holy spirit as your heavenly Father, and so become his child and ask your Father. He will give you the holy spirit, and he will increase the measure until you become victorious, become his sons, and inherit his kingdom.

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