Jesus was resting by the well at the village of Sychar, while His disciples went off to buy lunch. A Samaritan woman at the well was shocked because Jesus who was a Jew and she was a Samaritan woman and Jesus approached her and strucked a conversation with her. Because the Samaritan were considered unclean those times because they rebelled against God and they intermarried with the gentiles.
During that brief moments, Jesus shared about the gift of God and on the salvation of God not only to the Jews and also to the Samaritans. The salvation of God in forgiveness of a person by God through their true repentance to God but not by their actions alone because we cannot pardon ourselves for our sins. For that person needs to be reminded not to sin again as mentioned in Psalm: 139. 14. I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.
The above Bible Story was told in John: 4. 8. For his disciples were gone away into the city to buy food. 9. The Samaritan woman therefore saith unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10. Jesus answered and said unto unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Bible memory verses suggestions and Sunday School sharing points:
1) The ‘newest gift of God’ which Jesus was referring to was the flowing well of living water, whereas the Samaritan woman was thinking of drinking water at first, because she was thinking unlimited flowing well water as depicted in John 4 :11. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then hast thou that living water? The flowing living water that Jesus wanted the Samaritan woman to have eternal life salvation of God and the rebirth in the Holy Spirit is like a well of water springing up like a fountain as seen in John: 4. 14. but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life. 15. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come all the way hither to draw.
2) The Samaritan woman was shocked and thought that Jesus was a prophet because He knew of her past secret life and that she had kept 5 husbands before as seen in John 4: 16. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17. The woman answered and said unto him, I have no husband. Jesus saith unto her, Thou saidst well, I have no husband: 18. for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly. 19. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
3) However, the Samaritan woman doubted that Jesus knew about the ‘true’ worshiping of God because she thought that worshiping God at the temples of Jerusalem was not correct compared to worshiping God at the sacred mountains I.e . Mount Sinai / Jabel Musa as conversed between her and Jesus in John 4. 20. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus explained to her that as God’s children need not worship God at a certain place, but more importantly to worship in spirit and in truth and people were able to worship wherever as depicted in John: 4. 21. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father. 22. Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. 23. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. 24. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth. 25. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh (he that is called Christ): when he is come, he will declare unto us all things.
4) Thereafter, Jesus also shared to His diciples about the urgency of His ministry to save the lost and help the broken as in John: 4. 34. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work. 35. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white already unto harvest. 36. He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37. For herein is the saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38. I sent you to reap that whereon ye have not labored: others have labored, and ye are entered into their labor.