Lord's Day Evening Meditations February
At Sychar's Well
As we read about the Lord Jesus in this chapter,
we find that He had no home in this world. He was rejected by
His people, as we read in chapter 1:11 - "He came unto
His own, and His own received Him not." But then John
goes on to say, "But as many as received Him, to them
gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe
on His name." He "left Judæa" and
went through Samaria where He knew there was a need - the need
of souls to be saved. He said, "Behold, I say unto you,
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white
already to harvest." v. 35. That need is still the
same today - the need of lost souls to be saved. The Lord Jesus
knew the need of a certain woman of Samaria.
"Jesus therefore, being wearied with
His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth
hour." v. 6. The Lord was truly a Man here; He could
be weary, and He "was in all points tempted like as we
are, yet without sin." It was as a Man that He could
ask the woman for a drink of water. When He started this conversation
with her, she was surprised, "for the Jews have no dealings
with the Samaritans." She immediately saw that this
man was different; there was something different about this stranger
Who asked her for a drink of water.
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If
thou knewest the gift of God, and Who it is that saith to thee,
Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would
have given thee living water." v. 10. The Lord had
not come as a judge but as a Saviour, as He said, "I
came not to judge the world, but to save the world."
John 12:47. He wanted to reveal Himself to her but He didn't tell
her who He was just then. Firstly He wanted to exercise her conscience.
When He spoke to her about "living water,"
she didn't understand what He meant because her mind was set on
She had come to draw water at a time when she would
be alone, not at the normal time that women came for water. Her
life of sin kept her separate from people. She had had five husbands
and had sought pleasure in sin but she found no satisfaction.
Now she had come to draw water, occupied with her cares, thinking
only of temporal things instead of eternal things. That is the
way of the world; they try to find satisfaction for their hearts
in this world, but cannot find it. "Jesus answered and
said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall
never thirst." vs. 13 - 14. Only the Lord can satisfy
the heart. Are we occupied enough with Him to be satisfied? Well,
the woman said, "Sir, give me this water, that I thirst
not, neither come hither to draw," but we can see that
she was still occupied with temporal things.
The Lord's next statement was the means of touching
her conscience: "Go, call thy husband, and come hither."
Her answer, "I have no husband," was part
truth and part lie. Some people tell a little truth in order to
cover a lie, but the Lord knew all about her, and He showed her
that He knew all her life - "Thou hast had five husbands;
and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband." The
woman still didn't understand, but her conscience was aroused
and she turned to the subject of worship. "Our fathers
worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is
the place where men ought to worship." v. 20. The Samaritans
had adopted a Jewish form of worship, but in their own center.
Her thoughts were still on these earthly, temporal things, but
the Lord raised her thoughts to the thoughts of God. "The
true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." That woman
didn't know the Lord at first, but when He revealed Himself to
her, she received His testimony and became a worshipper in the
true sense of the word. This still holds true for today. "If
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt
be saved," and then you can be a true worshipper also.
"Come, see a man, which told me all things
that ever I did," she said to the men of her city.
They knew her life, but she had discovered that the Lord knew
her life; He knew what a sinner she was, and yet had showed such
grace to her. Her conscience was not only touched; it was enlightened
and she began to grasp and to understand what the Lord meant.
She immediately wanted to tell others about this wonderful Person
that she had found.
His disciples "marveled that He talked
with the woman," because they wouldn't have spoken
to her. Are we shy to speak about the Lord to others? Do
people marvel when we speak about Him? It shouldn't be a marvel
to speak about the Lord; we should feel free to tell the story
of God's love, and about the Lord's death at Calvary. We shouldn't
be ashamed to present the gospel to others. When this woman saw
her sins, confessed them, and believed in the Lord Jesus, she
became a preacher. "The woman then left her waterpot,
and went her way into the city, and saith unto the men, Come see
a man …" The "waterpot" speaks
of duties and responsibilities pertaining to this life. The "well"
speaks of the source to which we go for refreshment. The old well
had never satisfied her, but she had found a new one - "a
well of water springing up into everlasting life."
Her waterpot was forgotten while she went to tell others of her
Can we set aside our waterpots for the Lord? We
have duties and responsibilities that we must attend to, such
as work, family, etc., but after those responsibilities are properly
attended to, where do we turn, to the old well that never satisfies,
or to the new spring of joy and satisfaction that we have in Christ?
The well of Sychar was in a quiet place outside the city. It is
good to have a time alone with the Lord in a quiet place to meditate
on Him and on His Word. He deserves our praise and desires our
worship. We shouldn't let our jobs rule our lives. As to our hearts,
only Christ can satisfy them.
Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
Is not thine a captured heart?
. . .
'Tis the look that melted Peter,
'Tis the face that Stephen saw,
'Tis the heart that wept with Mary,
Can alone from idols draw -
Draw and win, and fill completely,
Till the cup o'erflow the brim.
What have we to do with idols,
Who have companied with Him?
Is the Lord Jesus your Saviour and Friend? Do people
know that we belong to the Lord? Is Christ seen in us? This woman
went to tell the people in the city, and they saw a change in
her. If we are conformed to the world, they won't know that we
belong to Christ. This woman presented Christ to others and it
is a privilege for us also to present Him and the story of His
"And many of the Samaritans of that city
believed on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified,
He told me all that ever I did." v. 39. Many believed
through her testimony. Is there enough testimony in our lives
so that others could believe? Others believed through the Lord's
own Word; they said, "We have heard Him ourselves,"
for He went about doing the will of God and reaping the harvest.
We should be like Him, labouring for Him. He deserves our lives,
our time, our all. He alone satisfies the heart as we spend time
with Him, like this woman did, outside the city. There were no
theatres, bars, or bowling alleys there. Christ was there, and
He filled her heart to overflowing.
Read Song of Sol. 3:1 - 4. The Bride couldn't find
the Lord, the One she loved, in her place of comfort (bed) or
in the ways of the world (city or city streets). It was when she
went out of the city that she says, "I found Him Whom
my soul loveth." Do we know where to go to enjoy the
Lord? When we are found with Him, enjoying His love, it makes
us love Him all the more. May we do like the bride did here: find
Him, hold Him, and not let Him go. G.F.