Water Well Confusion

Jesus had a thing for being confusing, I think. Do you remember the Samaritan woman? Jesus decided, for some reason, to head through Samaria and spent a bit of time hanging out at Jacob’s Well. A Samaritan woman showed up and Jesus asked her for water. What followed must have been such a confusing conversation for her, that ended with a lightbulb moment that I hope none of us could ever forget.

Jesus: Give me a drink.

Woman: How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”

Jesus: “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘give me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and he would give you living water.”

Okay. Confused! Jesus just asked her for water, and now he expects her to ask Him for water? He doesn’t even have a bucket. He had to ask HER for water. This is an odd interaction, indeed. But here’s the thing, and I’ll cut to the chase here – Jesus knew this woman even though she had no idea who he was. At least, at first.

Jesus showed her that he knew her shame and could offer her redemption. And she ran. She ran all the way back to her town to tell everyone about Jesus. Many Samaritans believed, the Bible tells us. Because of this one woman and a confusing conversation she had with the Son of God!

I wonder if I’m that excited about Jesus.

Or am I too busy rambling about how good John Piper’s preaching is?

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