If you turn on your radio, or television, or computer, or cell phone tomorrow morning, you will have access to news from around the world. You can hear voices from China, Paris or Australia in a matter of minutes. Events that occurred only a few hours ago in places thousands of miles away transmit to us with alarming speed. What a marvelous time in which we live. We feel blessed by the technological advances that have made it possible for us to access information at will. Those living in the days of Christ were not as fortunate. There were no radios, cellular phones, or newspapers. They had no computers or fax machines to transmit information. But what they did have was the town well. One of the best places for them to hear news was at the well. People gathered there daily to draw water and listen to the events of the world as they passed from lip to lip. The well was a very important place during biblical times.Get additional information at jacob crocker.
Let us stop by one of these wells today and listen in on a certain dialogue taking place at a well. This particular well is called Jacob’s well and it is located in Samaria near the little city of Sychar. As we stand invisibly by the well, we see Jesus and His disciples approach. Jesus looks a little disheveled and tired and when He gets to the well, He sits down upon the curb to rest. He sends His disciples into town to buy lunch. Not long afterwards, we observe a woman nearing the well. Who is she and why does she visit the well at this hour? We know that it was not customary for the women of Sychar to visit the well at midday. They usually came early in the morning or later in the evening when it was cooler to draw water and engage in verbal exchanges with friends and neighbors. So why then did this woman come at this time when she knew that she would most likely be alone?
Upon closer examination, we realize we know this woman. She is a Samaritan and according to the town news, she is a woman of questionable character. After all, she had five failed marriages, and at present, is cohabitating with a man who is not her husband. We suspect that she chose this particular time of day to visit the well as a means of avoiding the women who looks upon her condescendingly. We watch closely as this Samaritan approaches the well and encounters Jesus.
I think it is important to realize that this meeting between the Samaritan woman and Jesus was not a coincidence. It did not occur by happenstance but there is a divine purpose in this meeting. We know this because we read in John in 4:4 of Jesus saying, “I must go through Samaria.” This was not His usual route. Keep in mind also that Jews possessed a hostile attitude toward the Samaritans and had no dealings with them whatsoever. The Jews felt defiled and desecrated if their feet touched the ground of Samaria. Therefore, they would not go through Samaria to Galilee, which was shorter, preferring the longer route. So why did Jesus, a Jew, go the direct way?
He went through Samaria because this Samaritan woman was there. It was not optional. This woman needed something that only Jesus could supply. There are no accidents in God’s program. He never makes a mistake. He is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable God. He knows what we are going to say before we say it. He knows what we are going to do before we do it. He knows where we have been and He knows where we are going. He knows what is going to happen before it happens and He knows the outcome before it occurs.