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by Wayne Blank
Jacob's Well was made famous in Bible History as the place by the Samaritan city of Sychar, near ancient Shechem, where Jesus Christ stopped while on a journey from Judea in the south (where Jerusalem is located) to Galilee in the north (where Nazareth and Capernaum are located) and had His well-known encounter with a Samaritan woman.
"A spring of water welling up to eternal life"
"Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing [see Baptism] more disciples than John [see John The Baptist], although Jesus Himself did not baptize, but only His disciples, He left Judea and departed again to Galilee."
"He had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph [see Children of Jacob]. Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with His journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour."
"There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food."
"The Samaritan woman said to Him, "How is it that You, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans."
"Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
"The woman said to him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?"
"Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
"The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."
"Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
"The woman answered Him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly."
"The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and You say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
"Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
"The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming, He who is called Christ; when He comes, He will show us all things."
"Jesus said to her, "I Who speak to you am He." (John 4:1-26 RSV)
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