Yeshua’s Perspective

In John chapter four there is an encounter, unique in Scripture as Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name), tells a Samaritan woman directly that He is Israel’s Messiah, the one whom the prophets foretold would come to save Israel. Yeshua was a prophet himself and knew the Father’s will and obeyed perfectly. When He stopped at Jacob’s well, tired from a long journey on foot, He met a Samaritan women who arrived just then to draw water. Yeshua knew this woman from prophetic insight. She was from a nearby town in Samaria, outside Judea, but still in Israeli, albeit considered a low class area by high society and rulers in Jerusalem. He knew she had been taken advantage of by men in her life, more than one had been unfaithful to her and the man she now lived with had not married her. He knew she was well known in her community, but had a hard life made more difficult by suffering under the stigma of being a Samaritan woman, lowest in a class based society. He knew her innermost thoughts, hope’s and dreams. I believe He understood she was the key to reach an entire town of wonderful people who together with her looked with longing and hope for the Messiah who was to come. He knew she had been waiting for the Messiah to come all her life. Moreover, Yeshua knew she had a seed of faith that the Messiah would come one day and deliver her from her pain, loss, and unhappy drudgery.

Because Yeshua lived life to its fullest He was engaged with the Holy Spirit in every moment. Unlike us who are weak and flit back and forth between engagement with God and pursuing our own selfish comforts, Yeshua stays alert and obedient in every situation and encounter. God hears the cries of His people. He ordained from the beginning of time that His Son, Yeshua Messiah, would come in answer to their heart cries. God’s love extends across the ages and throughout the entire world, but on a one to one basis. In this exchange between a lowly single woman and the one and only Messiah, God in human form, He chose to reveal himself most directly and pointedly.

The conversation is one with two separate dynamics, Yeshua’s of deep prophectic spiritual insight and the woman of simple understanding of words only. When He is seemingly refused water, He offers her “living water.” She points out that she alone has a means of getting water and questions His ability to deliver on His offer. He describes His living water, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14) She likes the idea of not having to come to the well each day and accepts. God takes us at our word and does not demand full disclosure of the ramifications or consequences of either His or our agreement- He knows everything already. Yeshua prophecies about her past and current relationships, to which she acknowledges He is a prophet. She launches into a theological debate, but He replies with a Spiritual explanation of eternal significance revealing the very heart of God Almighty. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) At this the woman discloses her most sincere and lasting hope saying, “I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” This is an affirmation of faith, perhaps her longest recurring prayer. Moreover, I believe this statement belies a personal expectation of hearing the Messiah’s voice. (Only an omnipotent God of infinite Love could imagine and orchestrate the fulfillment of a peasant woman’s prayer and/or dream by sending His only Son to meet her and reveal Himself as Israel’s Messiah.) Yeshua then declares, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” (John 4:26) I Believe this conversation typifies an encounter each Believer has in some form with Yeshua at some time or another. (1 Kings 8:39) Does this encounter meet your concept of God?

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Retired Journeyman
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