I apologise! It’s a terrible line, but for the drive of this blog it serves a purpose I promise.
It’s a story out of the Gospel of John chapter 4:6… Jesus is busy bumping into one town and out of another. We catch up with Him and His band of brothers in Judea as they set a course for Galilee, with what was supposed to be a pit-stop through Samaria
A bit of background; back then at that time, you didn’t spend a second longer in Samaria than was absolutely necessary, particularly if you were Jewish. See, to the Jew, Samaritan’s were second class citizens. And with their stiff-upper-lip, the Jew’s had no respect nor time for them. There would be no nod as you passed a Samaritan in the street, no ‘G’day mate, how’s it goin’?’
On the journey Jesus stops for a drink: ‘…and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan women came to draw water…”
Jesus, extending pleasantries requests a drink, our Samaritan friend shocked by His recognition of her asks God: ‘are you talking to me?’ This is a moment that she could not have ever anticipated or expected. They talk for a while, Mount Franklin or Evian? Chilled or sparkling? How’s your husband? Then Jesus gets up in her personal space in verse 17, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband. (18) for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”
Scripture talks about the number seven being significant. For the sacrifice, animals needed to be seven days old (Ex 22:30), seven woes or judgments in Matthew 23, the seven churches and seven letters of Revelations, God’s rest on the seventh day.
Come on Nathan, get there!
Ok, here it is… the Samaritan women, husbands one through five, no joy no purpose. Boyfriend and man number six — doesn’t seem to be working out. Then destiny and purpose collide and she is standing beside living water where she will never thirst again. Number seven and she finds completion.
We’ve all been her at one point or another right, bouncing from one attempt at happiness to another? Verse 26 sees Jesus declare to her that He is The Messiah, a well — once you sip from His cup, you will never thirst again.
When she looked into His eyes she knew for sure, you complete me!