So the commentators above who mention her spiritual needs met in Christ are clearly right. O Mores Evangelici!” 7. It seems a well was a good place for single men to meet single women, for a life partner. Which she either had had lawfully, and had buried one after another; and which was no crime, and might be: the Sadducees propose a case to Christ, in which a woman is said to have had seven husbands successively, in a lawful manner, Matthew 22:25. Because marriage back then had to do with a blood connection (via a virgin), -sexual relationship and a covenant w/ God. 4:16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." All Q original content is © Mark Meynell (2006–2020). ” Nicodemus misunderstands Jesus to be speaking about physical birth, when Jesus is actually talking about supernatural rebirth in baptism (John 3:1-12). Is it possible that these men keep divorcing her because she doesn’t bear them children? She tells him that she does not have one, wherein Jesus tells her that she has had five husbands and that she is not even married to the one she is living with now. did jesus devorse his church and marry another no did GOD devorse israel and marry another no does death break the marriage covnant yes . Just as the Samaritan woman did not fully understand who Jesus was at first, we also need Jesus to open our eyes to the reality of who He is (Psalm 146:8, Ephesians 4:18). Learn how your comment data is processed. Women could not initiate divorce. Then, once she is overcome by coming to know Christ, she tells everyone about it (with a remarkable impact – 4:39-42 – Samaritans accept him too). A feature of John’s Gospels is that conversations often take place on two levels. He became sin for us. Jesus knew this. Visit his website at www. A. Is it possible that this was refering to a number of people that she had been sexualiy intimate with? Jesus meets the woman alone, at a well. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. The factor is the status of women in the ancient world. What makes Jesus ask for her husband now after she expressed a desire to receive the “living water” that satisfies every thirst? That’ll still preach. And as far as I could see from my far too quick survey, Kruse was the only one to point this out in the newer Tyndale NT Commentary. As a woman myself, there are so many ways that the Samaritan woman had that I can relate to and I am sure that many women can relate to. Instead, our Lord made his way through Samaria, resting at a place called Jacob’s well, where he asks a Samaritan woman for a drink. Maybe by this means a sevenfold promise became a perfect promise, and seven thus became the perfect number. When Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee, he took an unusual route. Jesus went to the cross with no sin jesus went on to talk a lot to her and spend 2 days with the smaritans verse 43 it looks like he was showing him self to the samaritians and telling them he was the messiah . people are getting confused about there gender .animals and insects dont get confused about who they are and we rule over them and are made in the image of GOD, That was soooooooo good thank you sooooooooooooooo much God bless you. I wonder whether both the dissatisfaction and the victim-of-patriarchy narratives both are too modern and not Jewish enough. Because she had been worshipping idols looking for the one true God (Jesus knows that and so does she.) He says your right in saying you have no husband . ” When she said she would like this “living water,” Jesus asks her to get her husband. It’s definitely possible. Was Jesus chastising the woman at the well for having 5 husbands in John 4:16-18 - Duration: 3:30. Who is going to listen to the town whore? Was it just an unimportant detail that she had had “five husbands” – rather than four or six, or any other number – or was this too in the providence of God? No wonder she was living with a 6th man, even without being married to him. The woman responds, “I don’t have a husband” and Jesus replies, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband. The story lends itself perfectly to a dissatisfaction narrative: you know the one? Did you ever read in the Bible where we that believe in Jesus and love Him are referred to as the bride of Christ. as you can see today the church is in a mess because of opinions rather than the word of GOD as the two witnesess in revelation will bring judement not complacency and false teaching . Miriam , They had to give certificate of divorce (via Moses) so there was a validity further than “back to the tent” 🙂. As we look back into the customs of the day, we can devise a number of scenarios that explain why the woman at the well had five husbands and her current companion was not legally her husband. So let’s presume, therefore, that she didn’t necessarily want the divorces. This means that they may easily become types. If this is true, the transition from talking about “five husbands” to “true worship” naturally follows. She had been going from one idol to another because she was looking for fulfillment. I got goose bumps. and really believe all these feeling they have its part of sinfull nature which must be crucified you only have to give satan your little finger and he has taken your arm and came in back door then he has given you a vision to edify these feeling you have then a scripture to make it seem even more real then he says wait for thee appointed time so you wait pray for ten years then you end back to square one you have to start over again and GOD will tell you i have come to test you but not for destruction to give you experiance. Then the woman says I know that Messiah is coming the one who is called Christ. The idea of Jesus was to deliver the gospel and proper worship to the Samaritans by using the woman who was very familiar with the people and also known for her own proclivities, as a catalyst to get it done. At that time in Samaria, the people worshiped idols. Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. hes talking about physical death not spiritual .eg as paul tought a unbeliver is saved by a believer in marriage union This doesn’t change the overarching satisfaction narrative, of course. But then Our Lord makes this rather strange request: Jesus saith to her: Go, call thy husband, and come hither. But it was worse in 1st Century Judaea. It may be that in her community the Samaritan woman was 'married' as the second wife, but in Jesus' eyes, her marriage is null and void because he rejected bigamy." approaching the Samaritan woman is an important factor in interpreting the text.7 Although readings of feminist interpreters and the other contemporary scholars of the marginalized are uplifting and somewhat liberating, they also leave me with a sense of discomfort. Without question, there was an imbalance of power when it came to marriage. For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly. The woman could be seen as a symbol of unfaithful Israel (particularly the Northern Kingdom) worshipping on the wrong mountains. Maybe the first husband dies and she was married off to a brother or kinsman related to the husband and so on down the line. the last mention of the time of year was passover, probably an april passover, and maybe the temps in holy land were cooler then, who knows, still no mention in the scriptural account, so why add to the scriptures….. verse 17 the woman answerd and said ihave no husband jesus said to her .you have well said i have no husband for you have had five husbands and the one whom you have now is not your husband John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "I see that You are a prophet. We also know, from understanding cultural and historical traditions of that time, that women typically drew water in groups in the morning, and it was often a social occasion. The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. First, she says, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. Where does it say that she was divorced? Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman. It is midday, and Jesus and his disciples have arrived at a Samaritan town called Sychar which is close to the land Jacob gave to Joseph’s descendants. As for your statement…”but I’m usually pretty sceptical of over-allegorised interpretations…” I couldn’t agree more! Except a Samaritan woman. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman ... "I have no husband," the woman replied. He tells her she had 5 husbands. ” Where did that come from? She can know that he knows her through and through and yet accepts her and will stay with her forever. A. You’ll see in a bit why I pointed that out. She new what Jesus meant. Is it impossible to believe she was a widow. And we also know she … Possibly the woman tried every nation and ran out of choices. Last Sunday the Gospel about Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) was proclaimed at my parish. Some say that she was nothing less than a prostitute or a whore. OK, that’s the first odd turn in this conversation. Verse 33, they feared the Lotd but yet “served” their own gods. And Jesus knows it. They were talking about husband’s and then she changes the subject and starts talking about worshiping on this mountain. Please note: I’m not being critical of them – in their different ways, each offers genuinely helpful contributions. Nobody in their right mind goes out then. Inklings and Yarnspinners Yay! The same might be true here. Her response takes another odd turn. Samaria, like the woman at the well, had five husbands and was estranged from her true husband. Note: A more recent, better article on the Samaritan woman is here. Well there’s another level to this story, the five husband might refer to the idols/powers the Samaritans have served from the past, and the current man might refer to Rome. The Samaritan woman’s understanding is blocked by a particular sin, so Jesus pinpoints it to take it out of the way. Site by Glass Canvas. The Samaritan woman is surprised at his request because Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. 2. But it is likely (as well as theologically correct) to say that he knew her heart and her deepest spiritual needs – for forgiveness as well as satisfaction. But then, how much do we actually know about where that hatred came fro… Yes, the Samaritan woman at the well was an immoral woman, sexually immoral, ostracized from her community, loaded down with shame and guilt. This was when a man picked a virgin took her back to his or her tent and the rest is history. She was both sinner AND sinned against with her many husbands. He tells her He is the Messiah. We’ve probably all heard about the hatred between Jews and Samaritans. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He doesn’t condemn her lifestyle but meets her deepest heart-needs. Now read John 4:22-24. I’m not sure he would be so gentle to the various men who have treated her so badly. We shouldn’t. There were six different idols at that time. And I’ve now lost count of the times I’ve read or heard it. That would be better than nothing. Jesus tells her He can give her living water. And we all know what that means… No wonder she goes out then. She can get her water while avoiding the gibes, jeers and scorn. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. At Jacob's well Jesus meets a Samaritan woman. We worship Jesus and He is our husband. Before getting into the general treasure, here are a couple of notices. Then she met Jesus, who asked her to go and get her husband and she replys I have no husband. The woman herself knew she wasn’t married to a (human) husband. Now, here’s the thing. 16 He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 17 The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Just imagine the Samaritan woman, how shocked she must be, to hear Jesus knowing her marital past,then: Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with[h] now is not your husband. Now I am not making the crass point that she had can’t have had anything to be ashamed of. Instead, the characters are individualized by their position in society and their interaction with Jesus. She was questioning where can I find the one true God, on this mountain? Why could she not have widowed? This represents the power of Rome, under which Israel was subject at the time of the … Through her story comes the lesson that people shouldn’t live by carnal pleasure. These Five Husbands, KAAM, KARODHH, LOBHH, MOH and HANKAAR are well known to the Sikhs but hardly there is any Sikh of quality. At the time of the encounter the woman was living with a sixth man, one who was not her husband. During the night of initiation at Eleusis, the initiates of the Eleusinian mysteries accepted the drink just like Demeter in the Hymn to Demeter. Even though the Israelites were joined in covenant to the one true God, they intermarried with these foreigners and adopted their worship and practices. Isaac’s bride was found at a well, Moses first saw his bride at a well, and Jacob too. He knows that she has led a scandalous life. The mentioning of the 5 husbands she had and being with a man while not married seem to help the woman consider that Jesus was the Christ because He knew her past and present. 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