September 28, 2023 – Thursday
John 4:13-14 NKJV
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 4:13-14 NIV
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14 RGT
13 Jesus answered, and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water, shall thirst again. 14 “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst. But the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.”
I mentioned yesterday that these might be verses for tomorrow and here it is tomorrow, now today, and these are the verses for today! So, let’s have some context for Jesus’ reply to the woman.
Jesus and His disciples are on their way from Judea back to Galilee going through Samaria. That is unusual as most Jews would add a day or two to their travel time and avoid taking the shortest route through Samaria. Why? Because most Jews looked down upon the Samarians and the Samarians returned the favor. Jesus clearly disapproved of this as can be observed in His parable of The Good Samaritan found in Luke 10.
In Samaria Jesus and His disciples came to a well outside the city of Sychar. Jesus waited at the well while His disciples went into town to buy food. While Jesus waited v7 NIV, 7 [A] Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” The Samaritan woman was surprised and NKJV 9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. That is, until now!
That’s when Jesus answered her and said RGT, 10 If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is Who says to you, ‘Give me drink’, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you water of life. Of course. that made no sense to her as she looked around and observed NIV 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” Then she went beyond that and asked NKJV, 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
And now Jesus speaks via our verses for today, 13 Jesus answered, and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water, shall thirst again.14 “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst. But the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.” We all have experienced thirst and had it quenched but been thirsty again at different times. But His living water is something different, incredibly different.
The water Jesus speaks of is not liquid water, but spiritual water if you will, that will be so satisfying to the person’s spirit or soul he or she will never thirst again. But the individual has to drink of it or his thirst will never be satisfied.
The Benson Commentary says of the water Jesus is offering is, The Spirit of faith and love, hope and joy, of holiness and happiness; shall be in him — An inward, living principle; not a well of water, instead a fountain, as a well is soon exhausted.
Bottom Line: What Jesus offers is eternally quenching and never running dry.
Prayer: Almighty God, The gifts You offer through Your Son are beyond our understanding. Nonetheless we remain so very grateful for all You provide. Thank You for all Jesus provides. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.