[PC-USA] 2002-09-01 - Passages about Inspirational Women

Part 4: The Woman from Sychar

As usual, on Saturday nights, we present a devotional with little or no commentary -- simply passages about a given topic.

Jesus broke down a wall of prejudice and separatism when he spoke with the woman from Sychar. He also showed that He can and will use the most "unlikely" messengers to bring people to Him, people whom many would look down upon.

John 4:5-10 (NRSV) So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.  A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, Give me a drink. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria? (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.

John 4:27-30 (NRSV) Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, What do you want? or, Why are you speaking with her?  Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he? They left the city and were on their way to him.


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