The Samaritan Woman begins her story with the vibe of the town tramp. No doubt ostracised by the other local women who fetch water early in the morning, she heads to the well in the heat of the day. When she arrives, she finds Jesus having a rest on his way home to Galilee. Jesus asks the woman for a drink and she is shocked that he is even talking to her – the Jews consider the Samaritans impure and dirty. Jesus then speaks in riddles to the woman, explaining to her that he can offer her water that will mean she will never be thirsty again. When she asks for some of this miracle water, Jesus asks her to go and fetch her husband and she has to admit that she doesn’t have one. When Jesus tells her that he knows all about her, that she has no husband and that she has already been married five times, she realises he is no ordinary thirsty traveller. And when he finally tells her that he is the Messiah, she hurries off to tell the rest of the town, many of whom become followers of Jesus. The Samaritan Woman is yet another in a long line of seriously flawed people who God picks out to spread his message. And it’s a clear one: Christianity isn’t a faith for the religious leaders or the establishment, it is for the people. Triumphant vibes with a full bucket of water attached.
General vibe of the Samaritan Woman: Ordinary woman meets God at a well
Factvibe: The well can still be found near the site of the ancient Canaanite city, Tell Balata on the Palestinian West Bank