John Lesson 5 Day 3

Living Water

John Lesson 5 Day 3 ~ Study of John 4:11-18

6- a. Ordinary water versus Jesus’ living water

If we drink ordinary water, we get thirsty again and again.

If we drink the water Jesus gives, we will never get thirsty again.

“The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life” MSG

b. Living water—The Spirit alone gives eternal life.

“Constant supply, an unfailing fountain, springing, gushing, bubbling up and flowing forth” (JFB)

“It is not temporary, like the supply of our natural wants; it is not changing in its nature; it is not like a natural fountain or spring of water, to play a while and then die away, as all natural springs will at the end of the world. It is eternal in its nature and supply and will continue to live on forever. We may learn here—

“If she chose He would plant in her soul a gift which would thus well up, by its own inherent energy, and fill her spirit with music and refreshment and satisfaction. New life springing up into everlasting life.” (MacLaren)

Only YOU can satisfy, Lord.

John 6:35, 63  “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” NLT

John 7:37-39 “On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)” MSG

Revelation 21:6-8 …”To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.” NLT

Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.” NLT

c. Other things people thirst for that don’t satisfy

Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!”

People thirst for happiness through—

  • Prosperity, riches, and material things
  • Success
  • Physical pleasure
  • Knowledge
  • Fame
  • Popularity
  • Position
  • Power
  • Houses and buildings
  • Land
  • The ideal relationship
  • Adventure
  • Travel

Solomon was the wisest, wealthiest, and most powerful man in the ancient world. In his later years, he realized that his wealth and achievements failed to satisfy.

It’s safe to assume the Samaritan woman lived a dissatisfied life. Some women came to the well hoping for a husband. Perhaps she still hoped for the security of a lasting relationship.

7- a. Belief and unbelief in John 4:15

She believed Jesus could give her this living water. But she believed it would quench a physical thirst and relieve her of this daily chore.

Jesus said, “Go call your husband and then come back.” (MSG) Jesus knew her unsatisfied desire. Did she think the right relationship would fulfill her? Give her a sense of security and self-respect?

Just as He did with Nathanael, Jesus demonstrated His knowledge of things about her He could only know supernaturally.

b. He knows my name by Paul Baloche

I have a maker
He formed my heart,
Before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought,
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

I have a father,
He calls me his own
He’ll never leave me,
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

I don’t think the focus of this encounter was to expose her “sin”. She was aware of the hunger and thirst inside of her. She didn’t know how to fix it. Only after she believed that Jesus could fulfill it, He brought up the sin in her life in a caring way without condemnation. She already knew her relationship didn’t satisfy. Now she knew the true source of living water.

MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 5 Day 3 study of John 4:11-18

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