In the previous post, the Samaritan woman said she perceived Jesus might be a prophet. Which changes the direction of their conversation.
She takes the conversation in a spiritual direction, asking Jesus to settle an age-old religious dispute.
John 4:20 (NKJV)
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
The woman is asking Jesus to rule on whether the Samaritans or the Jews had the
correct view on where they are supposed to worship. The Samaritans had made Gerizim the center of their worship, and that goes all the way back to Abraham and Jacob’s day. This is the mountain they thought or they said was the place Abraham sacrificed Isaac. It wasn’t. But that was what they said. They said this was the place Abraham met Melchizedek, probably wasn’t but they said it. Since this mountain was near Shechem and many significant events in the Old Testament occurred in connection to Shechem, then they logically concluded that this must be an important place for God. Continue reading
At this point, it would be nice if the Samaritan woman gets it. And she understands Jesus is talking about more than just water. But no, the ships are still passing each other, as we see by her response.
John 4:15 (NKJV)
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
She acts as if Jesus is still talking about literal water. Once more, the woman refuses to enter into a spiritual conversation. I say she acts here because I am beginning to wonder, aren’t you? He mentioned eternal life in the prior moment. Continue reading