Wells, Streams, and Springs

John 4:1-42 KJV

1      When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2      (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

3      He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

4      And he must needs go through Samaria.

5      Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6      Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

7      There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

8      (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

9      Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10    Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11    The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12    Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13    Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14    But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15    The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

16    Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17    The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

18    For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

19    The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20    Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21    Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22    Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25    The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26    Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

27    And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

28    The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29    Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30    Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31    In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

32    But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

33    Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34    Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35    Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

36    And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

37    And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

38    I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

39    And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

40    So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.

41    And many more believed because of his own word;

42    And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

John 3:1-2 KJV1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

(4:4, 7-9)

2 Kings 17:5-6, 24 NLT5 Then the king of Assyria invaded the entire land, and for three years he besieged the city of Samaria. 6 Finally, in the ninth year of King Hoshea’s reign, Samaria fell, and the people of Israel were exiled to Assyria. They were settled in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. 24 The king of Assyria transported groups of people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and resettled them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the people of Israel. They took possession of Samaria and lived in its towns.

Ezra 4:1-4 KJV1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel; 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. 4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

(4:27)

Luke 9:51-56 KJV51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

(4:9-10)

A well – standing still (v. 6)

Living water – moving forward (v. 10)

Bubbling spring – rising higher (v. 14)

(4:13, 15-17)

Exodus 20:17 KJV – Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 KJV1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. 3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; 4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

(4:35-40)

(4:19-20, 23)

Acts 17:25 NLT – and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

(4:25-29)

(4:9, 11, 19, 25)

John 3:16 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 5:6-8 MSG6 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. 7 We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. 8 But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

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