My dear fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,
It’s been a while since I published the last post on my Worthy Women Series. And now that I reconnected with my blog (and with you), I wanted to talk about another Biblical worthy woman today. She may not be the worthy woman you are expecting. She is a sinner, but probably less known that Mary Magdalene, but she is also important for the history of evangelization.
As you may not have guessed, I will talk about the Samaritan woman at the well 🙂
Name: we don’t know! The Lord didn’t want to reveal it in the Bible
Family: we don’t know much about her family background. However, she had five husbands and lived with a man outside wedlock when she met Jesus
Her qualities: sharp, open-minded, truth-seeker and courageous
Her sadness: not being considered as a true believer by the Jews because of her origins – and probably also rejected by her people because of her lifestyle
Jesus was leaving Judea to go back to Galilee, but he had to get across Samaria. He halted in a town named Sychar to rest a little while his disciples went to look for food. The Gospels said that Jesus was near the well of Jacob and sat there. It was noon.
Suddenly, a Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her for water. As the Samaritan woman knew that he was a Jew, she was very surprised to find that he was talking to her.
It must be reminded that the Samaritans are the descendants of Jews and other populations who were brought there by the King of Assyria to inhabit Samaria after the Kingdom of Israel fell because of its idolatry and wickedness. The other Jews didn’t consider them as true Jews and didn’t want to talk to them.
Afterwards, he told her that if she knew who was in front of her, she would ask him for living water and that she would never be thirsty again. The woman got interested in drinking living water, not knowing that he was talking about the Gospel.
Then, Jesus asked her to call her husband. She answered that she didn’t have a husband, to which he answered that she was right – and he told exactly her life story, that she had five husband and that she was currently living with a man who was not her husband.
The Samaritan woman was more intrigued. She then told Jesus that her forefathers worshipped on a mountain, but that the Jews said that Jerusalem was the place where worship had to take place.
Jesus then told her that Samaritans did not know what they worshipped, but that Jews knew what they worshipped because salvation comes from the Jews. However, he added that a day was coming where people would worship in spirit and in truth and not rely on a place of worship.
Then, the Samaritan woman talked about the Messiah who was coming. Jesus revealed that He was the Messiah. At that moment, the disciples came back and found Jesus talking to a woman. They were embarrassed but did not dare to ask anything about the situation.
The Samaritan woman run to her village, leaving her water jar behind her, to alert her people that she met the Messiah. She testified that he told her everything she did in her life. All the people came and asked Jesus if he could stay. Jesus accepted and stayed there, preaching and evangelizing.
Many Samaritan people converted and believed in Jesus. They even told the woman that they didn’t believe because of what she said, but they believed because they saw by themselves that Jesus was the true Messiah.
After this event, the Samaritan woman is not mentioned in the Scripture again.
- The story of the Samaritan woman is only found in the Gospel of John – the other Gospels do not mention her
- As I said earlier in this post, her name is not given in the Scripture. However, some Christian traditions have named her Photine
- It’s very interesting to see that it is mentioned that the disciples were surprised to see Jesus talk to a woman. Maybe because it was not appropriate to talk to a woman who was not your wife or your relative alone (and this would justify that Jesus asked her to bring her husband)? Maybe because she was a Samaritan? I let you make your own opinion on that.
What we can learn from the Samaritan woman
The Samaritan woman is the perfect example showing that Jesus came for all of us and that salvation has no borders. Salvation is not only for righteous people; it is also for people who are not well-considered in their community, who are sinners, who don’t have a perfect life… Jesus came for you too.
You just need to accept Him and let Him transform your life. Let Him teach you the Scripture, just like the Samaritan woman. Just come as you are and let Him start doing His work within you.
Also, like the Samaritan woman, don’t hesitate to testify and to tell everyone how much the Lord was good to you! As women, our testimonies also participate to the evangelization of the world. You don’t even need to be a professional missionary or a pastor. Just the fact that you give your testimony to people will show them that the Lord exists and that His name is excellent!
So that’s for our Worthy Women Series today! Do you agree with the Samaritan woman’s life lessons? Please let me know your point of view in the comments!
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