Jesus knows everything. There is no reason to pretend otherwise. He knew the “Woman at the Well” had been married 5 times and the person she was living with right now was not her husband. He knew she would answer “I have no husband” when he would ask her to go get her husband.
He also knew that using with the Spirit of Wisdom would get her attention to listen to God’s word for her.
When she left the encounter, she would say to others, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” A word of Wisdom can make a huge difference.
May I work with the Spirit of Wisdom that God gives me to help others encounter Jesus.
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 the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.
English Standard Version. (2016). (John 4:16–20). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
The only way to prepare the soil of the heart for the seed is to plow it up with conviction. That was why Jesus told her to go get her husband: He forced her to admit her sin.
- There can be no conversion without conviction.
- There must first be conviction and repentance, and then there can be saving faith.
- Jesus had aroused her mind and stirred her emotions, but He also had to touch her conscience, and that meant dealing with her sin.
“I have no husband” was the shortest statement she made during the entire conversation! Why? Because now she was under conviction and her “mouth was stopped”. But this was the best thing that could have happened to her!
Instead of listening to Jesus, she tried to get Him on a “detour” by discussing the differences between the Jewish and the Samaritan religions. It is much more comfortable to discuss religion than to face one’s sins! However, Jesus once again revealed her spiritual ignorance: she did not know who to worship, where to worship, or how to worship! He made it clear that all religions are not equally acceptable before God, that some worshipers act in ignorance and unbelief.
The only faith that God will accept is that which came through the Jews. The Bible is of Jewish origin, and our Savior was a Jew. The first Christians were Jews. Only those who have the indwelling Holy Spirit, and who obey the truth, can worship God acceptably.
It was a devastating statement to say that worship would no longer be limited to the Jewish temple. John’s Gospel clearly reveals that there is
- a new sacrifice
- a new temple
- a new birth
- a new water
Jews reading this Gospel should realize that God has established in Jesus the Messiah a whole new economy. The Old Covenant Law has been fulfilled and set aside. Now that is some exceptionally good news for all of us.