Jesus told the woman at the well that he could give her “living water,” and we often overlook what this encounter did for Jesus. Listen to what he told his disciples, “I have “food” to eat that you know nothing about.” That is a strong statement and I do not know where Jesus made such a declaration about his encounter with anybody else.
This story of the woman at the well is found in John 4:4-42 and begins by saying, “Now he had to go through Samaria.” It is best translated that “he purposed in his mind” to go through Samaria, because the Jews had found a way, even though it was inconvenient, to avoid Samaria. They thought they were better than these poor cousins, the Samaritans, and for a Jew to deliberately go through Samaria was unusual.
There was something in Samaria that Jesus needed to do in order to…
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