And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. (John 4:4-15).
Today's Morsel: Many people today aren't aware of having to draw water from a well. But I am of the generation where I remember having to draw water from a well. Tying a rope to a bucket and lowering it down into a hole in the ground to get water was a joy as well as a task sometimes. When the woman came to the well to draw water, Jesus was sitting on the edge of the well. Because He had nothing to draw with, He asked the woman for a drink. She replied, "How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans." The Jews and Samaritans didn't get along. They were, in a sense, enemies. But one of the reasons Jesus had need to go through Samaria was to break down the wall of partition between them. From their conversation, the woman realized that Jesus wasn't just a Jew, but He was someone that understood something about the whole drawing water process and caring for others. When Jesus told her, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." His reply to her was basically, "If it was you and you asked me, I would give to you. Not only would I give you this water, but living water." The whole process here isn't about drinking water, it's about breaking down walls between people of different races so that God's will can be done in the earth, and so that everyone can receive what God has for them all, the gift of Holy Ghost. If we allow our prejudices to control us, somebody isn't going to drink. Our churches should be multicultural, with no barriers of prejudice keeping anyone from receiving The Living Water.
Sing: It's bubbling, it's bubbling, it's bubbling in my soul; I feel it, the Spirit, since Jesus made me whole; some folks don't understand it, but this one thing I know, it's bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling in my soul.