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John 4:7-15

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John 4:7-15:

  • 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

 

Notice in the above verses the "living water" is active compared to water in the well. The "living water" is God (the Holy Spirit is a continually flowing fountain), the fountain of "living waters" Jeremiah 2:13. This water is a fountain, it springs up or wells up, that is, it does not require one to draw the water or work for it. At one level, the "living water" referred to flowing water in springs and streams, and this sense occasions the woman's misunderstanding. In the OT living running water is employed figuratively as a reference to divine activity for the grace of Christ does not flow to us for a short time, but overflows into a blessed immortality.

  • Jeremiah 2:13 - for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

In Jeremiah 2:13 God's people have abandoned the source of living (that is, running) water in favor of stagnant cisterns that are not able to even to retain the water that is in them. In contrast to the useless and empty idols, God alone provides the life giving water.

 

Recommended reading: Ezekiel 47:1-12

 

God bless,

William

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