Hola Divas! Welcome to week four of our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs. Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“. You should also read past posts on each bad girl: “EVE“, Potiphar’s Wife, and Lot’s Wife.
Our bad girl for this week is another woman without a name. However, her lifestyle kept her from being referred to as “her husband’s wife”.
When we met our leading lady, she was at the community well to draw water. (Hence being called the woman at the well.) Water gathering was an intricate part of a woman’s life in biblical times and the well was where a girl could get caught up on all the latest village gossip!
Our bad girl went to the well in the heat of the day to escape the condescending looks from the other women of the village. She was “that woman”. Her many failed marriages and current living situation would have made her a juicy topic on any morning! So, she traveled at a time when everyone else would be going about their day.
Although she expected to be alone, a strange man was at the well. Not only was he strange, he was a Jew AND he spoke to her and actually asked her for a drink of water! Jewish people despised Samaritans. Drinking after a Samaritan would make a Jew “ceremonially unclean”.
Isn’t it just like our Jesus to see and place value on what the world has thrown away?
Since our girl had been around the block a couple of times, she wasn’t afraid to ask questions.
“How can a Jewish man like you ask a Samaritan woman like me for a drink of water?” (John 4:9 GW).
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.” (John 4:10 NIV)
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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” (John 4:13-14)
Living water = SALVATION from sin’s bondage and condemnation.
The woman at the well thought Jesus was talking about real water…H2O, Aqua.
I can imagine her getting all giddy inside about not having to come back to the well and risk being talked about.
Then Jesus dropped a bomb on her: “Go, call your husband and come back.” John 4:16 (It would have been customary during those times for any business to be discussed man to man.)
Can you feel her shoulders wilt and her head drop as she answered Jesus?
…I have no husband, John 4:16
I bet her head sprung up and her eyes widened when Jesus said:
“You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.” John 4:18-19
Sucker punch to the stomach. All of her ugly out in the open. Instead of being silent, and walking away discouraged, our bad girl confirms that Jesus must be a prophet. After a small conversation on Samaritans vs. Jews, Jesus revealed to the woman at the well that He is the Messiah.
Just like any one who truly comes in contact with the love of Jesus, our bad girl left her water jar and ran back to the village to tell everyone about the Man who told her everything she ever did. Because of her testimony, many of the very people who shunned her encountered Jesus and were saved.
God values us in spite of what we have done. He values people our society discards. We can try to hide like the Woman at the Well, but He already knows. What do you need to ask questions about? What invisible person do you need to open your eyes and see? What do you need to leave at the well so that you can run and tell people about Jesus?
Reading for next week’s session: Chapters 4 & 5 (The Woman at the Well and Delilah)