So Yahushua, being wearied from the journey, was sitting thus at the fountain. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Shomeron came to draw water. Yahushua said to her, “Give Me to drink.”
For His taught ones had gone off into the city to buy food. The woman of Shomeron therefore said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Yehudite, ask a drink from me, a woman of Shomeron?”
For Yehudim do not associate with Shomeronites. Yahushua answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of Elohim, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me to drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Master, You have no vessel, and the well is deep. From where, then, do You have living water? “Are You greater than our father Ya’aqov, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?”
Yahushua answered and said to her, “Everyone drinking of this water shall thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water I give him shall certainly never thirst. And the water that I give him shall become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Master, give me this water, so that I do not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Yahushua said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Yahushua said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
The woman said to Him, “Master, I see that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that in Yerushalayim is the place where one needs to worship.”
Yahushua said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Yerushalayim, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because the deliverance is of the Yehudim.”
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also does seek such to worship Him. Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming, the One who is called Anointed. When that One comes, He shall announce to us all.”
Yahushua said to her, “I who am speaking to you am He.”
And upon this His taught ones came, and they were marvelling that He was speaking with a woman, however, no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”
The woman then left her water-jug, and went away to the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all that I have done. Is this not the Messiah?”
They went out of the city and were coming to Him. But in the meantime His taught ones were asking Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
And He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
Then the taught ones said to each other, “Did anyone bring Him food to eat?”
Yahushua said to them, “My food is to do the desire of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.”
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and the harvest comes’? See, I say to you, lift up your eyes and see the fields, for they are white for harvest – already!”
“He who is reaping receives a reward, and gathers fruit for everlasting life, so that both he who is sowing and he who is reaping rejoice together. “For in this the word is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ “I sent you to reap that for which you have not laboured. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labours.”
And many of the Shomeronites of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who witnessed, “He told me all that I have done.”
Therefore when the Shomeronites came to Him, they were asking Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His word. And they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard, and we know that this is truly the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.”
And after the two days having heard that Yochanan had been put in prison, withdrew to Galil returning in the power of the Spirit. For Yahushua Himself witnessed that a prophet is without appreciation in his own country.
This portion of The Good News Series takes place in the Gospel of Yochanan (John) 4:4-43. The woman by the well in Shomeron (Samaria) is a type-and-shadow of Messiah and His bride. The Children of Yisra’el committed spiritual “adultery” and idolatry with several other nations and religions, and yet the Father still seeks to rescue them from the nations – to restore them (us) as a pure bride! Yahushua wishes that we all drink from the same spiritual drink that we may never thirst again. He is able to see past our filthiness and transgressions to what we were meant to be – vessels of the Living Elohim, co-heirs with Him in the Kingdom of Yahweh – a pure, spotless Bride of Messiah! HalleluYah! May we all seek that spiritual fulfillment that only Yahweh can provide, the only salvation which we can receive through His son Yahushua, and the only spirit of truth which comes through His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
Two other important concepts of our Spiritual walk can be gleaned from this portion – looking beyond our own flesh to the spiritual and the building of our own faith. When the taught ones seek Messiah and inquire about whether he has eaten or not, he says that “My food is to do the desire of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.” Often we are seduced by the trappings of the carnal world and are unable to seek the Father how He wishes us to seek Him – Yochanan (John) 4:23: ” But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also does seek such to worship Him.” While it may seem a bit of a stretch, or possibly over-spiritualizing such a small matter, it is these small matters which are already promised to you, that can lead to undue anxiety or conversely a matter of pride for providing for your own needs. We must look beyond the needs of our flesh to our Father, who is spiritual and has a much greater purpose for you.
The last message, referenced above, is the building of your own faith. Much like the people of Shomeron (Samaria), we too can be excited by the faith experiences of another or roused by stirring speeches from seasoned preachers/speakers, but we cannot rely on another’s faith or heightened emotion to sustain us. We must, like them, go beyond the excitement and establish a faith based on our own experience and own understanding. Only then can we truly be found acceptable to our Father who patiently waits for our spiritual maturity and growth in Him through His son Yahushua the Messiah.