16. Samaritan Woman at the Well

Anne Brink (1952- )
Acrylic on muslin

This charming fiber hanging shows Jesus with a halo and the Samaritan woman at the well. He clasps
her hands as he tells her about the Living Water he provides and about worshiping God in spirit and in
truth. He astonishes the woman with his understanding of her and her life. He tells her that he is the
long-awaited Messiah. The scene reveals the celebration that follows when other Samaritans hear about
Jesus from the woman who goes back to her city and testifies.

John 4: 4-26
4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of
ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the
journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7When a Samaritan woman came to draw
water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy
food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you
ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. 10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the
gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given
you living water." 11"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where
can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank
from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the
water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water
welling up to eternal life." 15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty
and have to keep coming here to draw water." 16He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17"I have no husband," she replied.

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five
husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
19"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain,
but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on
this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what
we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true
worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father
seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." 25The woman said, "I
know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

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