Daily D – John 4:11-12
“Sir,” said the woman, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”
JOHN 4:11-12 (CSB)
Hunger and thirst must be satisfied again and again. There have been times when I have eaten so much at one meal that I said, “I will never eat again.” Such declarations proved themselves false within hours.
Fasting is an intentional withholding of food and/or water in favor of prayer. Meals are replaced for a time with focused prayer. The hunger pangs and dry mouth serve as reminders to seek God’s wisdom and guidance, his intervention and resolution.
Here a Samaritan woman comes to a well that is deep and dependable. A Random Rabbi is sitting there. He asks her for a drink. She points out a couple of problems with his request. First, Jews and Samaritans don’t get along. They avoid one another. Also, she is a woman and he is a man. They typically do not speak to one another in public. Oh, and they do not share drinking vessels.
Jesus offered her Living Water. He would quench her thirst for meaning, purpose, and identity. The Random Rabbi initiated the conversation. She kept it going. She noted that he did not have a bucket and that the well was deep, around a hundred feet. She challenged him. “You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you?”
Jacob was one of the patriarchs, a rather fruitful one. He had lots of boys and girls. He lived a rather dramatic life. Indeed, he was a father to both their tribes. There was a greater father, however, and I do not mean Father Abraham. Isaiah put it like this:
Prince of Peace.
Jesus was, in fact, greater than their common ancestor. Jesus was ill-equipped at that moment to drop a bucket into the well, but he had depths and widths and heights she would never deplete.
You know the rest of the story. She returned to her village with her thirst for meaning forever quenched. She herself became a deep well overflowing and made the way possible for everyone in her community to likewise taste the eternal refreshment of Living Water.
Jesus was no Random Rabbi. John made this clear with his first words in this Gospel. Encounter by encounter, day by day, it was becoming clear to followers, wedding guests, temple servants, Jewish leaders, and Samaritans that Jesus was who John tells us he is. He was God in the flesh. He is our Savior.
We will never know spiritual satisfaction until we know Jesus for who he really is. We will never experience true meaning and purpose apart from him. We can know and experience him now and forever. He meets us in our lonely moments of wandering and wondering. He meets us in crowded rooms when conversational cacophony cannot drown our worries and concerns. He meets us in moments of quiet contemplation and deep longing.
This woman found him waiting at a well. Where will you find Jesus waiting for you?
I will worship Jesus who is greater than anyone and everyone ever.
Our Father, thank you for meeting us when we are all alone. Thank you for surrounding us when we are vulnerable. Thank you for providing for us what we need most when we most need it. Thank you for living water and everlasting life. Amen.
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)