Discussion questions on the woman at the well
Jump to navigation. If we go to school to the Samaritan woman at the well, what lessons can we learn for women in the church today? There are at least three dimensions to the instruction to be received from this unnamed woman, having to do with daring to question, with openness to truth and with taking responsibility. First, this woman is faced with a request from a stranger.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Woman at the Well
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Bad Girls of the Bible: The Woman at the Well
Categories: Bad Girls of the Bible , Blog. Not this girl. A moment of relief during the heat of the day. He sat. The Son of God, the Savior of the world, was limited by his humanness, just as we are. Comforting, in a way. I get it. He knows what it means to feel weary, thirsty, hungry. The wells in that era were low to the ground, encircled with just enough packed earth to keep livestock from stumbling in. A good place to rest.
A fine place to wait. Then our Bad Girl appeared, right on time. When he asked her for a drink, she knew what that meant. In their world, giving and receiving water was an open invitation. She pushed back, reminding him of their differences. He can because he is God. Right from the start he began to woo our woman at the well.
Did that make her nervous? The kind with long strings attached. Salvation is free for the taking. Paid for in full by every nail that pierced his body.
Naturally she was skeptical. Nothing on this earth truly satisfies. Not even good things—not fresh water or warm sunshine or healthy food or the love of a godly person—can quench our spiritual longing. She was willing to settle for less. Jesus wanted to give her more. While she was happy with temporal satisfaction—a drink of tepid water from a well in the desert, a man in Sychar who could dump her tomorrow—Jesus longed for her to experience eternal joy.
The truth? We must let go of one to embrace the other. If we are constantly seeking to satisfy our bodies, our spiritual selves will languish. My head knows this, even my heart knows this. The time has come to hold out both hands and receive all that Jesus has to offer. The people who open their mouths and partake. The person whose thirst is quenched is not the one who merely studies the pitcher of water.
Imagine a life without wanting and wishing and striving and stressing. Feeling refreshed instead of depleted. Feeling full rather than empty. Too good to be true? Not with God. He stands ready to quench your thirst. No person or thing can supply the water of life.
Only God. Bottled water comes in two varieties: still and sparkling. The kind God serves is definitely sparkling. My only consolation in the midst of my sorrow is knowing my beloved brother Tom has merely continued life in another place. Though his body has been reduced to ashes, his spirit is alive and well.
Very well. Her thirst was quenched. Her future was secure. All she could think about was sharing this living water with others. More powerful or less so? She came looking for water but instead found Jesus. What leads you to this conclusion? There are so many details included in her story—the lengthy conversation, the five husbands, the discarded water jar—her name is hardly necessary.
We smell the dust in her hair and the sweat on her body as she approaches the well. We hear her vibrant personality in the words she speaks and the way she says them. We envision the toll all those marriages must have taken on her body, and feel the longing in her soul as she anticipates the coming Messiah. Without her given name, we are free to step into her story even more fully, and scribble our own names in the margin.
Clearly this scene was ordained by God. So, no surprises here. Jesus knew she would come to the well, even as he knew she would hurry back to town with her water jar empty and her heart overflowing with the Good News. My question for you is a bit different than the one I answered: If not at a well, where did Jesus find you? And what was your initial response to his offer of eternal life? Kindly share you story under Post a Comment at the bottom. You are a treasure to me.
As I thought about the question, Where did Jesus find you? I think He has found me many times throughout my life. My first real memory was as a little girl probably 5 or 6 in the vestibule at a Catholic Church.
They had books there and I am a lover of books — and there was one about Mary. When my Dad read it to me I remember thinking how brave Mary was and that I wanted to trust God the way she did.
Then again in High School, when after been through so much loss the death of my father, two brothers, grandfather and Aunt , I was searching for security. I felt unloved. And then two sisters from a Christian Church came into my life and challenged me to read my Bible and to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I studied, and prayed and gave my life to Him.
And then He met me again, in the middle of the night as I prayed. I realized He was there with me — even after I said Amen. And He met me again at a time in my life when I was exhausted, This time on a mountaintop in Tennessee — I felt His presence and a deep sense of peace. I met Him again as our church split the church my husband pastors — when I needed understanding, the ability to forgive and to be strong and courageous. And I met Him again when my son committed a crime and I grieved deeply — and He showed me compassion and unconditional love.
So, Liz, I guess, He keeps finding me — over and over again. Each time I needed Him — whether it was for love, peace, understanding, strength, courage, correction, He was there. I find Him in different ways — I think because I keep growing, keep looking and He always is there, showing me more about Him.
Does that make sense? And when He offers me His gifts, and eternal life, all I can do is praise Him. He really is more than we can imagine.
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. It hurts when we lose someone we love. I am praying that God bless you with some special memories and that those memories give you joy.
What a brilliant answer, Susan. YES, we absolutely do meet Jesus again and again. Thanks for sharing some of your powerful journey with us. Absolutely my truth also. I believe that the fact that we are sharing this way in His Name, substantiates to doctrine of predestination. He meets us all along the journey to keep us focused on Him. I so love our great and sovereign God! This lady at the well is my most favorite girl-friend.
I have sat at the well with her a good bit, and of course we share Jesus and sip iced tea! Thank you for the eloquent words Susan … Blessings, Peggy. Jesus just kept coming into my life.
Lessons from the woman at the well
Question: "What can we learn from the woman at the well? This was an extraordinary woman. She was a Samaritan , a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men. The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives.
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The Woman at the Well (Discussion Questions)
Categories: Bad Girls of the Bible , Blog. Not this girl. A moment of relief during the heat of the day. He sat. The Son of God, the Savior of the world, was limited by his humanness, just as we are. Comforting, in a way. I get it. He knows what it means to feel weary, thirsty, hungry.
‘The Woman At the Well Encounters Jesus’ Childrens Lesson
John , Lessons. Read John You may also want to explain to the children about the relationship between the Samaritans and the Jews; how the Jews avoided the Samaritans and did not associate with them. To understand some of the reasons why there was hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans you may want to read this article.
What were the relations between Jews and Samaritans? Do other stories from the Gospels or Acts tell you anything about the subject? How does the ironic disconnect between Jesus and the woman work? Does the prominence accorded to the Samaritan woman, as woman, reflect a concern of the Gospel generally?
Hidden Questions: Lessons From the Woman at the Well
These small group studies of John contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Why is here different? One of the key aspects about evangelism is breaking barriers. What are some ways we can break barriers with those around us in order to have chances to share the gospel with them?SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Women Who Dared - Episode 10 - Woman At The Well
Skip to main content. To view an updated version of our main Bible Study page, as well as updated resources, click here. Groups Investigating God. Jesus Satisfies. Read John Discussion Questions Samaritans were hated by the Jews because long before in thier history, some Jews intermarried with Gentiles non-Jews. This group of half-Jews became known as Samaritans.