I have read this story numerous times in John 4 and I could see the compassion of Jesus. I had heard this story preached growing up as a child; mainly from male preachers and they would recount how the woman at the well was a harlot, a woman of ill-repute as if she choose that way of life. It was shameful how this story was recounted. They had us believe that she was a bad woman and she deserved her state of affairs; because of this I could not see the real beauty of the moment when her eyes were really open to see her one true LOVE.
Recently I received a revelation that brought tears to my eyes. We, maybe even you, missed it; the injustice of ‘the woman at the well.’ In missing it, we missed the true nature of Jesus. His ability to restore, reconcile peace within an individual and with the Father is remarkable. So, lets take a fresh look at this story with loving eyes from the beginning…
In John 4: 1-2, it begins with how Jesus knew that there was a dispute over how many people ‘John the Baptist’ had baptized and how many He had baptized. It does not tell us how He knew. At the time Jesus was in Judaea when the dispute erupted. The funny thing is Jesus had not baptized anyone it was his disciples. We find how Jesus would put a difference between His baptism and that of John. John baptized all by himself; he was a servant and Jesus, was the master.
Jesus reserved himself for the honor of baptizing with the Holy Ghost, Acts 1:5, 6. This shows how the success of the gospel will exasperate its enemies by causing a dispute. This is a good sign that the gospel was gaining ground when the powers of darkness are enraged against it.
The response of Jesus was to just walk away from the controversy and end His ministry there.
|Jhn 4:1||¶||When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
|Jhn 4:2||(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)|
Judaea in the Greek transliterated ‘Ioudaia’ meaning “he shall be praised,” and a name for the Jewish people. Why is this so significant? Well, Jesus left (John 4: 3) a place of praise among His people (rightfully due him) because a controversy had erupted.
|Jhn 4:3||He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.|
He left (ἀφῆκε)… The verb means literally to send away, dismiss. It is used of forgiving offenses; of yielding up; of letting alone; of allowing or permitting. Its employment here is peculiar. Compare John 16:28, of Christ’s leaving the world.
Jesus knew his identity and how He was deserving of praise but was being clouded by a controversy. Jesus could not/cannot work in an atmosphere of confusion. He is the Prince of Peace. His miracles cease where there is confusion. Reference the verses below.
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33 For He [Who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order. As [is the practice] in all the churches of the saints (God’s people),
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6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
These verses tell why Jesus ended his ministry in Judea, for the present, and departed into Galilee where people were in need. The Pharisees were becoming jealous of his increasing influence and the time had not come for an open conflict.
Jesus left His people (Judaea) to go into Galilee. Galilee in the Greek transliterated ‘Galilaia’ meaning, “Circuit” or ‘circle of heathens.’ Isn’t it ironic how Jesus left His people to go to the heathens? Maybe not, I believe that Jesus took the offense when satan started a spirit of confusion in Judaea and that’s why He entered satan’s territory. It was a spiritual attack to show His Love to those that were looking for Love and did not know where to find Him. This proved out in John 4:4 where it reads that:
|John 4:4||And he must needs go through Samaria.|
‘Must needs go’ in the Greek is a transliterated verb ‘dei’ meaning:
1) It is necessary, there is need of, it behooves or is right and proper
a) necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.
Everything Jesus did was purposed, a proved out destiny, fail proof to always gain the upper hand. How many of you understand this strategy? Let me explain; when satan attacks you or someone you love do you respond with going into his territory to gain ground? I do! My sister, Gloria was hospitalized and out of nowhere she crashed. I had prayed for her, but my response was to lead every person to Christ in the waiting room of the Intensive Care Unit. I did! There were eight families representing the eight Intensive Care patients there who had just became believers.
I demanded a miracle for every patient to be released as all the family members and I held hands and prayed. One by one over an eight-hour period their health situations were reversed and they left the Intensive Care Unit. Their family members rejoiced as they came and informed me of the miracles that had taken place. My sister was the last patient there, she hung on to this life till the last patient had their miracle and she transitioned herself to heaven. TO BE CONTINUED…
GOD IS LOVE, LOVE CONQUERS ALL