by David Cawston

Preparing for Harvest
David Cawston
John 4:35

Jesus had gone through Samaria to the village of Sychar.
He had stopped at the well outside of the city while his disciples had gone into the city to get some food.
He engaged in conversation with a Samaritan woman in conversation who had come out to the well for water.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ''Will you give me a drink?''
8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, ''You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?'' (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, ''If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.''
11 ''Sir,'' the woman said, ''you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?''
13 Jesus answered, ''Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.''
15 The woman said to him, ''Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.''
16 He told her, ''Go, call your husband and come back.''
17 ''I have no husband,'' she replied. Jesus said to her, ''You are right when you say you have no husband.
18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.''
19 ''Sir,'' the woman said, ''I can see that you are a prophet.
She had come out at this time of day because she was rejected by the other women of Samaria for her adulterous life style.
She was lonely, rejected and hurt.
Jesus saw that and began to ministe ...

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