The Samaritan Woman was an old flirt with a keen perception.


Sunday, 3/23/14

In today’s Gospel Jesus made the most exalted revelation in the New Testament, choosing the least exalted person in the New Testament as the recipient of the revelation.

Coming out to the well was a social occasion, so this woman’s coming alone marked her as one cast aside by the women of the village. And John’s Gospel pictured the Samaritan Woman as an old flirt.

Any Samaritan woman with a good name would have pretended not to have heard this Jewish man’s request for water; but our woman saw it as giving her an opportunity for flirting. She asked, “How can you address me, a Samaritan and a woman?”

She was glad that he kept the conversation going by telling her he could give her living water. She teased him by asserting, “You don’t even have a bucket.”

When she went on to ask if Jesus were greater than Jacob she was referring to the acrobatics Jacob displayed when he was drawing up bucket after bucket of water for the sheep of the big eyed Rachel. She was asking Jesus if she were energizing him the way Rachel had turned on Jacob.

When Jesus told the woman to go get her husband she let him know she was free by saying, “I don’t have a husband.”

Jesus told hr he knew that she had had five husbands and was living with another now.

By thus revealing his knowledge of the woman’s private life, Jesus brought about a wonderful transformation in her.  The old flirt showed herself to be a person of such religious perception, that she surmised she was in the presence of the Messiah.

With this story the Lord is telling us that there can be great spiritual depths in individuals of whom we are scornful.

If you were to make a central illustration for this story, you might picture the woman with a joyful fountain of grace springing up in her upper body. 

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