The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 92

Jesus answered and said unto her, “whosever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh 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 eternal life”. The woman saith unto him “Sir, give me this water that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw”[John 4: 14,15; KJV].

The story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman at the well, occurring only in the gospel of John, is sufficient of itself to provide us with insights into Jesus’ commission ‘to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the broken-hearted; to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord’. For truly, in this one woman, I see a poor, broken-hearted, blind and bruised captive whose eyes were opened by the truth that Jesus spoke to her. Read the account for yourself and see if the woman at the well doesn’t fit this description!

Jesus spoke to her of spiritual things. As usual, he used the natural to explain the spiritual. Water was essential to physical life, its bodily need evidenced through thirst. Therefore connection with the source (the well) was vital. The woman herself admitted her need to keep coming back to get water. Jesus likened her natural need to her spiritual need, in that it also required life-sustaining water. However, this water would not be drawn from a natural well, but from a spiritual well that he would plant within her being. Could he REALLY do that? Sure! He started by telling her “all she had ever done”. She had “had 5 husbands and was presently living with a man”.

In her desire to meet her deep spiritual need, she kept returning to the very same well from which she had drunk previously - with no relief! She was in fact being tantalized by fleeting, temporary relationships. Tantalized? Yes! Let me explain.

In Greek mythology King Tantalus offended the gods and was punished. He was put into a lake of water up to his chin, but whenever he tried to slake his thirst, the water would recede. Above his head dangled branches of delicious fruit, but when he reached out for them, they drew away from him. Tantalus thus became the symbol of frustration, and is remembered today in the English word tantalize.

Jesus showed her that outside of a personal relationship with God, the pleasures that the world offers are tantalizing, unrewarding, and certainly not everlasting!

Are you being tantalized? Only a commitment to Christ and his commands will really satisfy your deepest needs. He says, “Come to me… I will refresh you”.

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