On to the next story in John, one that I really love because it demonstrates the
nonlimits of grace so well: The Woman at the Well.
“So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.” (John 4:5, ESV)
“A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”” (John 4:7, ESV)
Jesus came to a town of Samaria/A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Notice the juxtaposition of the two journeys. This was a divine meeting that God had set up before hand, but he needed two people in the right place at the right time because—as Jesus will soon point out—God was seeking people to worship himself [Interesting concept that, but for a later post].
Jesus had to be in the right place, so he walked a long path from Judea to get to where he knew he needed to be. The Samaritan had to be at the right place, so she came out to the well in the heat of the day when no one would be around [she had issues]. In God’s providence they both came to the right place at the right time, and she would never be the same.
I love this!
I append a copy of my observations notes. This is the first thing I do when I start to study a passage: