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The Samaritan Woman A Social Outcast

Updated: May 3, 2020

Word of the Day: Outcast

One that has been excluded from a group of society.


The Samaritan woman was from a town where Jews did not pass at all, but the Lord said: "He must needs go through Samaria". The Samaritans were outcasted by the Jews back in the Old Testament, due to the intermarriage of Jews and Gentiles. Samaria was a short cut to get to Jerusalem from Galilee, but Jews took a longer took the route to avoid the Samaritans. They worship the same God but believe that Mount Gerizim was the place to make sacrifices to God and not Jerusalem.


John 4:4

And he must needs go through Samaria.


The Jews did not want anything to do with them. In the eyes of the Jews, the Samaritans were seen as bastards because they were not pure Jews, and for this reason they were enemies.


Nehemiah 4:1–2

But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?


Jesus did not care about the arguments from the past so He decided to go through Samaria. We ask why the necessity? This restriction did not apply to Him, because He was above all religions. Jesus being wearied stopped by the well that was there.


John 4:6

Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.


One of the women from Samaria came to the well, and Jesus asked her for water. This woman was an immoral woman, and she was coming to get water at noon time which happened to be the hottest hour of the day. Perhaps, because she was immoral, she had no right to get water in the morning or in the afternoon. Jesus broke three rules here when talking to this woman for He did not come to destroy men's lives but to restore them. 1. Women were considered greatly inferior back in those days no man would ever talk to a woman in public. 2. This lady had a really bad reputation so a very respectable man would never approach this lady. 3. Jesus was a Jew, and the Jews thought of Samaritans as betrayers.


John 4:7–8

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)


Luke 9:56

For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.


The woman of Samaria responds to him by asking why He was asking her for water if the Jews and Samaritans did not cross words. We have to remember that it was necessary for the Lord to go to this town, to meet specifically with this lady. He was wearied, which means that He was 100% man and for Him to know the need of this woman also means that He was 100% God.


John 4:9–11

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 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.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?


Once again, we ask why the necessity to go through Samaria. Jesus was there to restore this lady's life. She had a need and that was to get right with our Lord. Jesus responds to the lady by saying that anyone who drank from that water was going to be thirsty again, but anyone who drank from His water was never going to be thirsty for He is the Living Water.


John 4:13–14

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.


The Samaritan woman wanted from the Living Water but we cannot take from the Living Water when we have sin and this why Jesus confronted her about her past and present. He said: "go call your husband." This passage demonstrates that we cannot be half way there with the Lord and half way there with the world.


John 4:15–18

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.


She believed, and received the Living Water, and used her influence to talk to others about the Messiah. Jesus had told her the truth with grace; he offered her forgiveness, redemption, and new life.


John 4:28–30

The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.


Later on, Jesus told the disciples to witness to Samaria which means that Jesus got rid of all the barriers. There was also a deacon who opened a missionary church there.


Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


Acts 8:5

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.


Conclusion: Jesus came to remove us from any bondage that we may have, we no longer have to live under the influence of our traditions, or religion. Jesus is the only way regardless of what you have been thought of as growing up.


I have added some verses down below for those who are not sure if heaven is your future home. Please share with me if you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior through this post. I will be happy to rejoice with you!


That 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.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9–13

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