In The Sixth Hour He Thirsts

This dialog lasted until the disciples arrived with food for Him to eat. The woman, meanwhile, leaving her water jar, went to town to tell everyone about the person she had met. Excitedly, she invited them to meet this Man Who had told her everything that she ever did. She then asked the question: Can this be the Christ? (vs.28-29). Seemly, the Samaritans were thirsty for the Truth as much as she was and also leaving everything behind, they followed her. YAHSHUA knowing what she was doing, calls the attention of His disciples: do you not say, It is still four months until harvest time comes? Look! I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields and see how they are already white for harvesting. Already the reaper is getting his wages for he is gathering fruit unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together…I sent you to reap a crop for which you have not toiled. Other men have labored and you have stepped in to reap the results of their work (vs. 35-36).  If they understood His words or not at that time, they probably did when they saw the numerous Samaritans from the woman’s town believing Him. The simple words declared by the woman, “He told me everything that I ever did” were sufficient for those Samaritans to come and meet their Messiah. Compelled no longer only by her words, they saw and heard and believed the message YAHSHUA gave them, and to the woman they declared: Now we no longer believe just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ (vs. 39-42).

Let’s contrast these rejected people to the Jews from whom YAHSHUA had come and for and of whom John said, He came to His own and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him (John 1:11); the Jewish nation, after being visited by their Messiah for thirty-three years, they betrayed Him and gave Him to the Gentiles to be crucified, a death not practiced in their midst. Contrast the Samaritan people, who when they heard and received YAHSHUA’S message believed, even without signs or miracles; to the Jewish authority who accused Him of performing miracles under the influence of demons. For sure Israel continued rejecting the Living water from long time ago, when the Prophet Isaiah wrote: The Lord spoke to me yet again and said, Because these people [Israel and Judah] have refused and despised the water of Shiloah [Shiloah, the only perennial fountain of Jerusalem and symbolic of God’s protection and sustaining power] that go gently, and rejoice in and with Rezin and Remaliah’s son (Isaiah 8:5,6). YAHSHUA pronounced judgment on this nation, for their unbelief: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who continue to kill the prophets and to stone those who are sent to you! How often I have desired and yearned to gather your children together as a hen her young under her wings, but you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me again until the time comes when you shall say, blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! And again: As He approached, He saw the city, and he wept over it, exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes, for a time is coming upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank about you and surround you and shut you in on every side and they will dash you down to the ground, you and your children within you; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not come progressively to recognize and know and understand the time of your visitation (Luke 19: 41-44).

The Samaritans were cleansed through the word YAHSHUA spoke to them when they accepted and believed Him. The love of God spread its wings over the entire world. And those who received and are willing to receive His Love, are and will be blessed. God knew the Samaritans were thirsty; He sent His Son to satisfy their thirst and save those who believed His message. We do not know if the Samaritan woman had a chance to give Him water or not, but we do know that He gave her the Living Water and she together with the people from her town, their thirst was satisfied. For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

God so loved you too, personally. Receive His message today, believe in Him!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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