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Am I Partaking of the “Meat” of the Lord?

Hello Lions of the Tribe of Judah!

I have read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well many times and never saw the “story” behind the “story”. The truth behind the reason Jesus spoke to the woman in the first place.

Initially, as you read of Jesus’ encounter with the woman a few things are immediately clear.

First, it is apparent the Pharisees have growing concerns about the increasing impact of Jesus’ ministry and the fact that many people are being baptized.

John 4:1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

On His way to Galilee Jesus passed through Samaria, being tired from the journey He sat down at Jacob’s well.

6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

The second thing of significance, it was about noon when Jesus and His disciples arrived at the well, the hottest part of the day, when people would come to draw water from the well.

Jesus, asked a women for a drink of water. This was not uncommon because in Biblical times drawing water was the work of women. Typically, of young women who wished to be married would go to draw water. Because this is where they could meet young men and for this same reason this was also a place frequented by women of ill repute. What was uncommon was Jesus asked a “Gentile” woman for a drink.

Jews did not associate with Gentiles because, in 722 BC, when Samaria fell to the Assyrians; which had adopted a policy of systematic deportation of those whom they conquered. Many Hebrew were deported and people from other conquered nations were imported. This policy inhibited future rebellions, because people could not easily communicate with one another since they spoke different languages.

However, from Israel’s standpoint, it also ultimately meant that her remaining citizens would intermarry with those who had been resettled. This eventually produced the people known as Samaritans in late Old Testament times and in the New Testament.

After the Hebrews returned from the Babylonian captivity, the practice of intermarriage was discouraged (Ezra 9:12; 10:2-44; Neh. 10:30). Separation between Jews and Gentiles became increasingly strict. For this reason Nehemiah would not allow the Samaritans to assist in the rebuilding of the temple walls. By the New Testament period the hostility was complete. This explains why the Samaritan woman answered Jesus the way she did when He asked her for a drink of water.

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.)

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.) It is very important to note the disciples had gone to town to buy food. I will elaborate on this more, later in this message.

In verse ten when Jesus says, “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.” Here is the first hint that Jesus had an agenda and His meeting with the woman is not by-chance.

In verse eleven the woman’s response is as would be expected. She approaches the matter completely from a “natural” perspective:

  • Jesus has nothing to draw water with.
  • Where can you get this living water?
  • There is a lot of history here, are you greater than our ancestor, his sons, and all of his livestock who drank from this well?
  • Are you greater than Jacob who dug this well and handed it down to us through the generations?

However, God’s vision always surpasses human comprehension and it must be transferred by the Spirit of God. Jesus gives the woman a little more insight as to the purpose for their meeting by separating the “natural” from the spiritual.

When He says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14. He figuratively or metaphorically was referring to water which one would drink but He literally was speaking about the water from the well of salvation which springs eternal life.

In verse fifteen it’s evident the woman is excited, but still not real clear what Jesus means about never thirsting again.

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.” Jesus proceeded to tell her that she had no husband and she has had five husbands, and the man she now has is not her husband; opened her eyes to see that Jesus was a prophet, one who spoke with authority and one to be believed. John 4:17, 18. Jesus further explains that a time is coming when people will worship the Father neither on the mountain where the well is nor in Jerusalem. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for this is the kind of worshiper the Father seeks. Because, God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:19-24. In this He emphasizes that God seeks those that worship Him in the right spirit not in the right place. 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Here the woman is trying to tell Jesus that when the Messiah comes “He” will teach us the truth and make all things plain. 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am He.”

As you read this account you are able to see Jesus’ was meeting with someone who was isolated from Him by racial, gender, lifestyle and positional barriers. Yet, as Jesus makes His declaration that He is the Messiah; He ignores those barriers and reached out to the woman, treating her as an equal. In that moment, she discovered that God actually cared for her. Jesus used His power to lift up a woman who was downcast, and she became His greatest spokesperson to the people of her town.

28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

Now, as the women left to tell those in the town what Jesus had shared with her; the disciples returned with the food. They were amazed because they saw Him talking to the woman.

The disciples were amazed because a Rabbi could not even speak to his sister, wife, or daughter in public. Nor were they permitted to instruct them in the law in public places. The disciples ignoring the fact He was speaking to the woman and immediately asked Him to eat something.

However, Jesus makes this profound statement, “I have meat that you know not of. My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” - John 4:27-32.

Like the woman, the disciples had the same “natural” perspective:

1. We have traveled a long way and we’ve gone into town to get something for us to eat. Could someone have given Him something to eat while we were gone?

As I stated before God’s vision always surpasses human comprehension and must be transferred by the Spirit of God. So, like He did with the woman Jesus gives the disciples greater insight by separating the “natural” from the spiritual. Here Jesus reveals the true sustenance (nourishment) of life is to do the will of the Father. He lets them know His (nutrition) refreshment or soul satisfaction and delight was in the conversion of the Samaritans.

To make this point clear He shares a common saying used by the farmers and growers of that time.

35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Jesus had sown the seed into the woman and had already received wages of gratification of saving souls. He had sown and gathered fruit unto life eternal the same day. So, here the sower and the reaper were one in the same who rejoiced over the harvest that day!

Now, in John 4:32 when Jesus said, “I have meat that you know not of. Here again, He figuratively or metaphorically was referring to food which is eaten but literally, He was speaking about feeding on the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from doing the Father’s will.

My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.”

John 4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy (natural) meat.)

John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have (spiritual) meat to eat that ye know not of.

As you read to end of verse 43 the story concludes with the account of many salvations. Then Jesus continues His journey on to Galilee.

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that he would tarry with them: and He abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

Here is the question that should resonate within every believer’s heart. Am I partaking of the “meat” of the Lord?

In this account we see Jesus pressed through a wide cadre of barriers to partake of the meat of the Lord. He pushed through the rabbinical law, social status and position, racial criticisms, gender, spiritual and theological, and psychological lifestyles.

We are to pursue the true sustenance (nourishment) of life--to do the will of the Father. Our (nutrition) refreshment or soul satisfaction and delight should be the conversion of the lost. This is the will of the Father! He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to assist us in accomplishing His will.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Even in is this verse He mentions Samaria, as if to remind us not to allow anything to prevent us from partaking of the “meat” of the Lord.

Go and tell someone about Jesus and experience the soul satisficing and delightful pleasure of the Lord!

I hope this teaching has been as inspirational for you as it’s been for me. Letters From The Director’s Chair

Commit, Learn, Grow,
Dr. Adams