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By The Well

John 4:5-42 (GNT)

5 In Samaria he came to a town named Sychar, which was not far from the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by the trip, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” (8 His disciples had gone into town to buy food.)
9 The woman answered, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan—so how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.)[a]
10 Jesus answered, “If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water? 12 It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his children and his flocks all drank from it. You don’t claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?”
13 Jesus answered, “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, 14 but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.”
15 “Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”
16 “Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.”
17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered.
Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you don’t have a husband. 18 You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.”
19 “I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said. 20 “My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. 23 But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. 24 God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”
25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
26 Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.”
27 At that moment Jesus’ disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But none of them said to her, “What do you want?” or asked him, “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, 29 “Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?” 30 So they left the town and went to Jesus.
31 In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, “Teacher, have something to eat!”
32 But he answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
33 So the disciples started asking among themselves, “Could somebody have brought him food?”
34 “My food,” Jesus said to them, “is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do. 35 You have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest.’ But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested! 36 The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad together. 37 For the saying is true, ‘Someone plants, someone else reaps.’ 38 I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work.”
39 Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days.
41 Many more believed because of his message, 42 and they told the woman, “We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”

Good News Translation (GNT)Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

A spoken version of the meditation:

(There is a purposeful silence part way through to reflect, before it concludes!)

You do know who I am don’t you?
What I am?
I am not your kind,
your kin,
you should have nothing to do with me.

I bring life,
thirst-quenching water,
refreshment for the weary,
for you,
even you,
who thinks so little of yourself.

How can you
give me
what I need?
You have nothing
with which to help me.

What I offer is not temporary,
short-lived,
just for today;
what I offer to you
is for life,
your life.

It is not just a drink,
but the source of life,
flowing
in and through you.
Not a puddle,
or a sip,
but a spring,
eternal,
ever-quenching.

You have been waiting,
seeking,
looking for answers,
yearning for fulfilment.
I am the one,
here with you,
offering all that you need.

Come,
come and meet him,
the one who has met my thirst,
who knows me inside out,
yet still takes time for me,
offers me refreshment,
not just for today,
but for tomorrow,
and forever.

He’s the one.
Come and see,
come and know for yourself.

Come,
those who are thirsty,
parched,
dried out,
come,
know my love
and know life
and refreshment
from within,
from me.
I know what you need
and I offer it now.

Come,
drink,
be refreshed.

Lord
I come
thirsty,
in need of refreshment.

I think I’m not good enough
for your help,
but you know me
accept me
and offer to quench my thirst.

May I take
all that you offer,
fresh
clean water,
running through my life
filling me with you.

Enduring Love i

John 4:5-42 (CEV)

and on his way he came to the town of Sychar. It was near the field that Jacob had long ago given to his son Joseph. 6-8 The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus’ disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well.

Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?”

“You are a Jew,” she replied, “and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won’t have anything to do with each other?”

10 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? 12 Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. 14 But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.”

15 The woman replied, “Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won’t get thirsty and have to come to this well again.”

16 Jesus told her, “Go and bring your husband.”

17-18 The woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.”

“That’s right,” Jesus replied, “you’re telling the truth. You don’t have a husband. You have already been married five times, and the man you are now living with isn’t your husband.”

19 The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. 20 My ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her:

Believe me, the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans don’t really know the one you worship. But we Jews do know the God we worship, and by using us, God will save the world. 23 But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.

25 The woman said, “I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 “I am that one,” Jesus told her, “and I am speaking to you now.”

27 The disciples returned about this time and were surprised to find Jesus talking with a woman. But none of them asked him what he wanted or why he was talking with her.

28 The woman left her water jar and ran back into town. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Could he be the Messiah?” 30 Everyone in town went out to see Jesus.

31 While this was happening, Jesus’ disciples were saying to him, “Teacher, please eat something.”

32 But Jesus told them, “I have food that you don’t know anything about.”

33 His disciples started asking each other, “Has someone brought him something to eat?”

34 Jesus said:

My food is to do what God wants! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do. 35 You may say that there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready to harvest.

36 Even now the harvest workers are receiving their reward by gathering a harvest that brings eternal life. Then everyone who planted the seed and everyone who harvests the crop will celebrate together. 37 So the saying proves true, “Some plant the seed, and others harvest the crop.” 38 I am sending you to harvest crops in fields where others have done all the hard work.

39 A lot of Samaritans in that town put their faith in Jesus because the woman had said, “This man told me everything I have ever done.” 40 They came and asked him to stay in their town, and he stayed on for two days.

41 Many more Samaritans put their faith in Jesus because of what they heard him say. 42 They told the woman, “We no longer have faith in Jesus just because of what you told us. We have heard him ourselves, and we are certain that he is the Savior of the world!”

You do know who I am don’t you?
What I am?
I am not your kind,
your kin,
you should have nothing to do with me.

I bring life,
thirst-quenching water,
refreshment for the weary,
for you,
even you,
who thinks so little of yourself.

How can you
give me
what I need?
You have nothing
with which to help me,
to give me what I need.

What I offer is not temporary,
short-lived,
just for today;
what I offer to you
is for life,
your life.
It is not just a drink,
but the source of life,
flowing
in and through you.
Not a puddle,
or a sip,
but a spring,
eternal,
ever-quenching.

You have been waiting,
seeking,
looking for answers,
yearning for fulfilment.
I am the one,
here with you,
offering all that you need.

Come,
come and meet him,
the one who has met my thirst,
who knows me inside out,
yet still takes time for me,
offers me refreshment,
not just for today,
but for tomorrow,
and forever.

He’s the one.
Come and see,
come and know for yourself.

Come,
those who are thirsty,
parched,
dried out,
come,
know my love
and know life
and refreshment
from within,
from me.
I know what you need
and I offer it now.

Come,
drink,
be refreshed.

Water of Life By Harry Mitchell (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Water of Life

Sitting by the well

John 4:5-42

On his way he came to the town of Sychar. It was near the field that Jacob had long ago given to his son Joseph. 6-8The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus’ disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well.

Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?”

9“You are a Jew,” she replied, “and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won’t have anything to do with each other?”  10Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.”

11“Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? 12Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?”

13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. 14But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.”

15The woman replied, “Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won’t get thirsty and have to come to this well again.”

16Jesus told her, “Go and bring your husband.”

17-18The woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.”

“That’s right,” Jesus replied, “you’re telling the truth. You don’t have a husband. You have already been married five times, and the man you are now living with isn’t your husband.”

19The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. 20My ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship.” 21Jesus said to her:

Believe me, the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans don’t really know the one you worship. But we Jews do know the God we worship, and by using us, God will save the world. 23But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. 24God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.

25The woman said, “I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26“I am that one,” Jesus told her, “and I am speaking to you now.”

27The disciples returned about this time and were surprised to find Jesus talking with a woman. But none of them asked him what he wanted or why he was talking with her.

28The woman left her water jar and ran back into town. She said to the people, 29“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Could he be the Messiah?” 30Everyone in town went out to see Jesus.

31While this was happening, Jesus’ disciples were saying to him, “Teacher, please eat something.”

32But Jesus told them, “I have food that you don’t know anything about.”

33His disciples started asking each other, “Has someone brought him something to eat?”

34Jesus said:

My food is to do what God wants! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do. 35You may say that there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready to harvest.

36Even now the harvest workers are receiving their reward by gathering a harvest that brings eternal life. Then everyone who planted the seed and everyone who harvests the crop will celebrate together. 37So the saying proves true, “Some plant the seed, and others harvest the crop.” 38I am sending you to harvest crops in fields where others have done all the hard work.

39A lot of Samaritans in that town put their faith in Jesus because the woman had said, “This man told me everything I have ever done.” 40They came and asked him to stay in their town, and he stayed on for two days.

41Many more Samaritans put their faith in Jesus because of what they heard him say. 42They told the woman, “We no longer have faith in Jesus just because of what you told us. We have heard him ourselves, and we are certain that he is the Savior of the world!”

This women’s life is what you might call a mess.

The Israelites in their journey to the Promised Land had done nothing but moan about being hungry and thirsty.  But were they looking for the wrong thing?  Were they seeking satisfaction in something that was never going to satisfy?

After a diversion into the depth of the well and the availability of buckets, Jesus tells her that he is offering her something far more life-giving than some H2O.  What Jesus offers is something that refreshes the whole of life, and quenches way beyond the longing for a drink.

Whoever she was, and whatever her life, she realised what Jesus was saying.  She knew what Jesus had to give, and he was pleased to give it.  It meant so much to her that she couldn’t help but go and tell everyone.

What are we really looking for in life?  Are we searching out the things that don’t really matter?  The temporary?  The ineffective?  The elusive dream?

Or are we looking for those things that last for eternity?

Shall we come to Jesus and drink from the ever flowing fountain, the Water of Life, and receive real refreshment?

Lord

I am thirsty,

weary and dry.

I come to drink of you.

You can meet my needs,

not the ones I think I have,

but the ones you know I have.

I sit with you

and drink

deeply.