By Arla, Jul 10 2019 01:00AM
Jesus' answer to the Samaritan woman is full of courtesy but he doesn't hide. He allows her to steer the conversation away from her, and he steps right into centuries of controversy with decisive words, watching for an opening to get back to her heart.
"The time is coming when the place of worship won't matter, what matters is knowing God. Your idols show you don't know Him; but we know Him because Messiah comes through the Jews. It's time for true worship to show itself in delighted obedience. These are the worshipers God wants, and it requires your willingness and God's working."
She has never heard anything like this from any religion. But never has she felt such a "thirst" for something better. She has read scripture and desired to understand it. Could this man be the Messiah? she wonders, as Spirit opens her inner eyes.
"I know Messiah is coming and will make everything plain," she says.
"I am your Messiah." Jesus reveals.
God trusts his clearest revelation to an outcast woman because she is receptive. He can't be this open with the self-satisfied priests and rabbis back home. But he knows the heart he has given his secret to, knows she will share the honor and the joy bubbling up like a spring inside her.
Just then his disciples return, amazed that he is speaking with a woman--a Samaritan. Even though shocked, they say nothing, and it is months before they understand Jesus' actions.