was the woman at the well in the Bible and did she have a name?
What good part did she play in Jesus life when they met there?
incident recorded in John 4.1-42 was a pivotal moment for Jesus.
By interacting with this “Samaritan woman” (never named)
as he did, Jesus revealed several critical dimensions of his messiahship.
he interacted with a woman, a clear message that his circle didn't
respect the ancient traditions concerning roles assigned to women.
he interacted with a Samaritan, whom Jews normally shunned, a
clear message that his gospel was for all humankind.
he explained the difference between water from this well (known
as “Jacob's well”) and the “living water”
that he offered as Messiah, “aspring of water gushing up
to eternal life.”
he loved and accepted the woman and also told her the truth about
herself, a sign, as Paul said separately, that nothing can separate
us from the love of God.
when she asked him if he was Messiah, he said, “I am he.”
the disciples were astonished that Jesus was speaking to a woman,
but she went to her people and said, “Come and see a man
who told me everything I have ever done!” The contrast between
those two reactions revealed how Jesus confounded traditional
many of the Samaritan villagers came to believe in Jesus, at first
because of the woman's testimony, but then because “we have
heard for ourselves.” Thus it happens that people come to
believe, as the Samaritans said, “this is truly the Savior
of the world.”