Meeting the Samaritan Woman

John 4:3-9 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 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 say unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then say the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, ask drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 

Jesus left Judaea to go to Galilee and needed to go through Samaria, firstly because it was three days closer and secondly, to meet up with the Samaritan woman who was in need of a Saviour. He arrived at Jacob’s well at the sixth hour – about 12:00 noon – in the city Sychar, which means falsehood and drunkenness, a name of reproach given to Shechem.

Here He met the woman from Samaria, that came to draw water, and He asked her for a drink because His disciples were in the city to buy meat.  She responded by asking Him why He as a Jew asked her, a Samaritan woman, for water because the Jews have no dealings (Greek: sungchraomai), have no familiar interaction or hospitality with the Samaritans’. Young men who wished to marry went to the wells where young women were accustomed to come and draw water.

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