The Woman at the Well – Jesus Sees your Deepest Need

—Part 7: John 4:1–42

  • Andrew Fountain – Nov 3, 2019

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  • To be really, truly, satisfied


  1. Very brief recap of the story so far
  2. What’s going on in John 4
  3. Man meets woman at a well. Hmm
  4. True satisfaction


Nicodemus Samaritan
man woman
night noon-day
Jew Samaritan
highly respected despised
ruler powerless
teacher untrained

Different responses

  • Ambiguous challenge that is misunderstood:
    • “born from above” born again?
    • “living water” running water?
    • Jesus is talking about something “from above”, but the hearer is focused on this world
  • Response
    • does not get it (for now)
    • believes and receives, immediately bringing a great harvest


  1. Very brief recap of the story so far
  2. What’s going on in John 4
  3. Man meets woman at a well. Hmm
  4. True satisfaction

Gen 29: Jacob meets Rachel

  1. While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
  2. Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.
  3. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud.
  4. …So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast.
  5. …Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

Jeremiah 2

  1. Be appalled, O heavens, at this;
    Be shocked and utterly dumbfounded, says the LORD.
  2. Do so because my people have committed a double wrong:
    they have rejected me,
      the fountain of life-giving water,
    and they have dug cisterns for themselves,
      cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.

Wedding imagery in the Bible

  • Ephesians 5
  1. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
  2. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
  • Revelation 19
  1. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;

John 4:
Jesus has already eaten

  1. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying,
    “Rabbi, eat.”
  2. But he said to them,
    “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
  3. So the disciples said to one another,
    “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”
  4. Jesus said to them,
    “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”

The Message of John 4

  1. Jesus is pursuing you with love. He wants you!
  2. Don’t try to satisfy yourself with earthly things
  3. Doing the will of the father will fill you up with satisfaction