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Summary: The Samaritan woman was in a spiritual drought, on her way to a spritual overflow. Ask Jesus for a drink of Living Water, and experience the overflow John 4:1-42

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Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Galilee from Judea

Contrary to how the devout Jews traveled, Jesus felt the need to go through Samaria..It was the most direct route, however, because of the dislike between the Jews and the Samaritans, devout Jews would take the long route, and go around Samaria.

The Samaritans to the Jews, were like those people that you mom told you to stay away from..Don’t go in their neighborhood..You know the ones…

The Samaritans were considered half-breed, and religiously challenged (their religious belief was partially Jewish and partially heathen) They were considered unclean to the Jew.

It seems that Jesus has a divine appointment scheduled in Samaria…

Though He had His disciples with Him, they went on into the city to buy food, while Jesus, ‘tired from the trip’, sat at Jacob’s well in Sychar, the city in Samaria

Now we are going to look at this woman that Jesus is soon to have an encounter with…

Here is a woman who seems to have had a rough time…First of all when Jesus sees her, she is approaching the well in the heat of the day, at noon, and she is alone. Most times the women would gather together twice a day and talk amongst themselves as they drew water.

This woman came during the heat of the day, alone, as though she were trying to avoid the other women. We know as we continue in the scriptures, that this woman had been married 5 times, and now she was shacking up..She was in sin and seemingly an out cast, who was downcast and discouraged, an outsider, a sinner and a loner…She was empty and void…looking for something and finding nothing…She had tried everything…She was looking for love in all the wrong places…

It had to be rough for this woman, because you know how people are..The world calls you by your problem, by your sin, your situation, condition and position. When you do something, you are no longer Toni; no longer Mike…Now you are a liar, convict, drunkard, drug addict; the world calls you deaf, dumb, mute, sick, and depressed; the world calls you a failure, molester, fornicator and adulterer;

But when you come to know Christ He makes you new, and even though the world may still refer to you as who you were; you become who God says you are to be; Now you are a child of God; joint heirs with Christ; more than a conqueror; able to do all things through Christ; You are fearfully and wonderfully made; you have been given power; you are no longer empty, but now you are filled; You are now able to do what you have never done; and able to stop doing what you have always done. People say you can’t, God says you can. People say you won’t, God says you will .

Get ready for your overflow!!

This woman was empty, but on her way to excess….she was in a spiritual drought on her way to spiritual overflow…

So here you have Jesus the Christ..the giver of life, sitting at the well resting..When here comes the Samaritan woman…

Jewish Rabbis did not talk with women in public, especially Samaritans. Jews would not use the eating or drinking utensils from a Samaritan…But Jesus asked this woman for a drink…


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