He spoke to her. He drank water from the same cup. He taught her.
Jesus was at the well with the Samaritan woman teaching her in gentle ways about who he was, telling her all of secrets of her life so she proclaimed him a prophet. He broke Jewish custom and defiled himself by speaking with – opening her eyes to the Messiah.
“A woman from Samaria came to get some water. Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’
This may seem like a simple question but Jesus was a Jew, and the Jews had a long history of animosity towards Samaritans, who rejected all of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) except the Pentateuch. More importantly this Samaritan was a WOMAN. In Jesus time law and custom did not allow Jewish men to speak to women in public.By speaking and teaching the woman, Jesus showed He was more concerned with humanity, with love, with His message, than with doctrines, rules, or laws.
The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew. I am a Samaritan woman. How can You ask me for a drink?”
Jesus answered her, “You do not know what God’s gift is. And you do not know Who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would have asked Him. He would have given you living water.” – John 4:9-10
This is by far one of my favorite stories in the bible for it shows how clearly Jesus believes in the equality of His message for ALL mankind, and the equality of woman. Last night we began watching, The Gospel of John (with an awesome Ian Cussick playing Jesus) and when it came to Jesus speaking to the woman at the well, I cried. I was so moved to think how much love and compassion Jesus showed during His ministry on earth. Only to the religions leaders did he get frustrated or angry.
Women may be under the curse from Adam and Eve, but Jesus came to free us from bondage to love and serve Himself and others. We have all – male and female been set free to serve the weak, base, and despised, across genders, religions, cultures or customs – we are called to.
Who are you serving?