Who Jesus Values – Sychar Lesson

In my last post we left Jesus in the wilderness being ministered to by the angels.

After this, we briefly see Him and His disciples at the river again, baptizing more disciples than John.

And wouldn’t you know it? The Pharisees had a problem with that! Boy they sure did start on Him early! He has just begun His ministry!  (Of course, it could have something to do with the fact that He drove the money changers out of the temple!)

Anyway, John has been taken into custody, and Jesus still has a lot of ministry to accomplish the next 3 years, so He and His disciples take off for Galilee. (Mt. 4:12; Mk. 1:14)

They probably took the northbound road that ran by Jerusalem and came to a fork at Sychar, one branch heading in the general direction of Nazareth, and the other toward the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus stays at the well while his disciples go into town to buy food.

The well is about a half mile from the ancient city.

As Jesus is sitting by the well resting, a woman comes from town to draw water, and Jesus asks her for a drink.

She does not appear to be intimidated by Jesus in any way.

When He asks her for a drink, she could have just said, “Yes sir,” given Him the drink, and left it at that.

But instead she engages Him in conversation.  Why is He asking her for a drink?

Apparently no Jewish man has ever done that before.

I’m not sure what kind of answer she expects from this unexpected  visitor, but I’m sure she does not expect what He says.  (By the way, Jesus is our example.)

  • He gets her thinking and asking questions.
  • He shows her her need and draws out her longing for something better.
  • He does this before showing her her sin.

Of course, she does what a lot of people would at this point; she tries to change the subject.

  • But Jesus masterfully gets her back to thinking outside the religious box she has been conditioned to stay in all her life.
  • He shows her that He is the Messiah, the very One she has longed for, even though she has not known before now that it is He who will satisfy all her deepest longings!

When she realizes that He is the Messiah, she gets excited and goes to tell someone, “the men”.

Why “the men”?

I can think of two possible reasons.

  1. Perhaps the men were the ones who would mobilize the rest of the village, being the cultural leaders?
  2. Or could it be that she does not have a good relationship with the women?  That she is  an outcast for her failures in love and the sinful life she is now living?  That she has been the subject of much gossip and rejection with the women?  That they have treated her with scorn and contempt more times than she cares to remember?  Maybe she figures that they won’t listen to her anyway and that trying to tell them will just invite more verbal abuse.

But she has GOOD NEWS!

So she tells the men.

They listen to her and go out of the city to see Jesus.  They seek Him and find Him.

Why?

They want to find Him.

I think it is interesting that Jesus went to the well, but did not go into the city to preach.  He convinced one person who was not afraid to speak up and let her go do some footwork.

She went and told others, but only those who came to see actually saw.

We see a similar phenomenon today in those who claim there is no God.  Some make the effort to seek Him, and they actually find Him.

Others have no desire to seek Him.  He is not far away, just outside the gates, waiting for them at the well, but they don’t find Him because they refuse to go out and see for themselves.

And even when someone comes to them with a word of testimony, they refuse to go look or listen.

But it is not our job to convince them, only to give them the good news.

“From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all the things that I have done.'”  (John 4:39 NASB)

They asked Him to stay, and He stayed for two days.

“Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.'”  (John 4:41,42 NASB)

So, we see that our word of testimony is important to draw people to look for Jesus and consider whether He is God or not.

But when they hear HIS Word, the truth will pierce their hearts (Hebrews 4:12), and they will become convinced.

Another thing I think is important to note is that the woman did not listen to the voice of fear over whether the men would listen to her or not.  She did not keep the good news to herself, beating herself up over her past sins and listening to the voice that said she was not worthy to carry such an important message.

After all, if the Messiah had revealed Himself to HER, sinner that she was, He must be  declaring her worth.

Was not His very decision to entrust her with this amazing good news a statement on His part that she was extremely valuable to Him?

Jesus feels the same way about you and me.  It is He who assigns us worth, and He has given us good news to tell.

Will we do it?

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25 thoughts on “Who Jesus Values – Sychar Lesson

  1. Beautifully crafted! Did you read the series I wrote on Evangelism? I think you will love it!
    I love that woman’s heart! That’s something Jesus knew about her. He looked beyond who she thought she was to whom she was meant to be… Jesus saw her capabilities and made use of it.
    Thankful for this post.
    God bless

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    1. Hi, Ifeoma!
      I read one post that you wrote on Evangelism quite a while ago and enjoyed it, but I was not aware that you had done a whole series. I’ll have to check it out sometime soon!
      You’re right, Jesus knew the woman’s heart. He also knew the hearts of the villagers. He saw past all the exteriors and masks and failures to their hearts and knew that they were truly hoping for the Messiah.
      We don’t know people’s hearts like Jesus did, but we are commanded to tell people the good news in spite of outward appearances. We know from God’s Word that He loves everyone and desires all to come to repentance.
      Thanks so much for your encouraging visit! 🙂

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  2. Thank you, Ruth. I love the story of Jesus’ love towards the Samaritan woman. Others despised her, but He didn’t, even though He knew everything about her. This line especially captures my heart – “After all, if the Messiah had revealed Himself to HER, sinner that she was, He must be declaring her worth.” A powerful truth I needed to be reminded of. Love and hugs!

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    1. I’m so glad for your visit here, Trudy, and that God is using these words to speak to your heart. I love it that God looks at the heart, not at outward appearances. He can find the diamond in the rough in us. He can find the vein of gold that has been covered with the rocks of insults and abusive speech. He can find the precious jewels in us that have been covered with the tar of our own sin, and Christ’s precious blood that He shed for us is able to dissolve all that mess and wash us white as snow.
      What an amazing Savior!

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  3. I love this insight Ruth. This is such a powerful story. Especially your note that the woman shared Jesus with her village, rather than Jesus going into the village. Good stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! It also might be noted that He didn’t have to give her a Great Commission. She found Him and believed, and that brought such excitement to her heart that she just knew she had to go share the great news! Oh, that we would do as well!

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  4. Wow interesting that He didn’t go into the city to preach, but went to the well. He ministered to one person, and then she carried the message of the Gospel to the city. That’s awesome. God can and will do that with us, but like her we will need to tune out the voice of fear to proclaim it.

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  5. His ways are always with the least of these, aren’t they? So thankful He sees who we are in Him, not who we are in the flesh. — Good thoughts, Ruth, thanks for sharing — and thanks for linking up at #ChasingCommunity today! xoxo

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    1. That’s right, Brenda. I’m so glad that He looks at the heart, not at the outer appearance. I was thinking about Abraham this morning and wondering how wrinkled he was when Isaac was finally born (silly, I know, right?) But the point is that that was not what God focused on. Instead, He commended Abraham for his faith, “and it was counted to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6 and Romans 4:3)

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  6. I love that you mentioned that Jesus reasoned with the woman before pointing out her sin. He made Himself someone she would listen to before telling her she needed to change. I also love that you mentioned the power of her story to draw others to Jesus.

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    1. Thank you, Courtney, for your visit and comment.
      Yes, I think He knew that it was important for her to understand and believe in His authority and that He wasn’t just some John Doe philosopher talking in riddles. He got her attention, and then she went to get the others.
      Her story was huge, and our testimony of God’s greatness and work in our lives is very important also and should be shared at every opportunity that God gives us.

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  7. This is one of my favorite Scripture stories. I love the point you made that’s its not our responsibility to convince others – its just our responsibility to share the Good News!

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  8. I love her story faith but even more I love this story of redemption. Not only was she redeemed but a town was redeemed because the Messiah revealed HIMSELF and someone believed. How many times do we miss the chance to testify of who He is because we are afraid, unsure, or don’t think anyone will listen. Her story inspires me to go boldly, to share fully, to live out faith purposefully!

    Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link Up!
    Blessings to you,
    Dawn

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  9. Thank you for a rich study. I came away with many things but want to point one out. Jesus showed her her need before pointing out her sin: a clue for us to follow when we evangelise. Thank you once again.

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    1. Thank you so much, Edith, for your visit and for leaving affirmation of how God used this to bless you. You are a blessing to me as well. 🙂
      I’m so glad that the Holy Spirit saw fit to include this event in the life of Jesus in the Scriptures as there is so much there for us to learn from Jesus, who is our example to follow.
      May the Lord continue to bless you. Amen.

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