The Woman at the Well Who Perceived Correctly

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Welcome to week 10 of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave the series! Each week for 10 weeks on Whimsical Wednesday, we have been studying the most beautiful and brave women in the Bible. At the end of this post, you will find the prior articles in the series. Join us for the last adventure in our study of women in the Bible!

This week our featured guest is “The Woman at the Well Who Perceived Correctly.”

Shame had forced this nameless woman into gathering water during the hottest part of the day. While her full story isn’t known, somehow the woman landed at the well at the same time as Jesus. I wonder what thoughts ran through her mind as she walked closer to the well and saw him there. As a marked woman of adulterous character, the typical community time for drawing water was outside her comfort zone. Most likely the looks and whispers bore too much hurt. Perhaps the fear of being stoned in accordance with the law haunted her mind and soul. I’m guessing that the woman didn’t think Jesus would say anything to her since she was a Samaritan. After all, the two cultures didn’t mix on any level.

The Samaritan could hardly believe that Jesus spoke to her.

The shock of his words drew her curiosity. That he would speak anything to her at all was a surprise in and of itself, but even more so,  he boldly declared that this water she drew from Jacob’s well was hardly satisfying. Her practical assessment skills tell us she was accustomed to thinking on her feet. Her historical defense of the well provides proof that she had received at least a basic education.

The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” John 4:11&12

I wonder if Jesus was chuckling under his breath at her limited knowledge.

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13&14

Say what? The poor woman was a little confused at this point. Where could this incredible water be found? I believe her response to Jesus at this point divulges so much about her. “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

She was tired.

Tired of facing her critics.

Tired of the demand of meeting physical needs.

Tired of the drama of being the social outcast.

This water seemed like more than enough. Oh to never have to be thirsty again! Then Jesus told her to call her husband and he would give both of them all the information. However, the woman replied that she had no husband. Jesus responded that she was telling the truth but that he knew she had 5 husbands previously. And not only that- the man she was living with right now was not her husband. Don’t you think the shame she forced down so many times surged over her body anew?

After more conversation, the woman at the well understood that this man was indeed Christ- the Son of the Living God. She was so excited that she forgot what she came for- the water. She ran back into town without water or her water pot and proceeded to tell everyone she knows that the Messiah had come and they should all come and see. “He is the one who told me all the things I ever did.” So the people of Samaria headed out to see this Jesus and hear him teach. How I love John 4:39:

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”

When this woman realized Jesus, the answer to the plight of humankind, stood before her, she boldly declared her faith.

Take a peek at this profile of the Woman at the Well, beautiful and brave.

  • Name: Unknown
  • Occupation: adulterous woman
  • Family background: Samaritan culture
  • Daily life: we can only guess
  • Emotional baggage: shame, fear, insecurity
  • Weaknesses: unable to
  • Beauty secrets: discovered in her testimony
  • Acts of bravery: Boldly declared Christ in town when before meeting him, she would scarcely show her face at the well.

My prayer is to be like the Samaritan woman, beautiful and brave.

That many people will believe in Jesus because of my testimony.

What about you?

 

Each week during this series, I have been highlighting one of the posts linked up in the previous week. This week I chose this wonderful prayer tool for parenting teens. Thanks, MommySue!

Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement  linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rachel

Original Post: Women in the Bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave

Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series

Week 1: Sarah Who Remembered God’s Promise

Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth

Week 3: Hannah Who Poured Out Her Soul

Week 4: Ruth Who Dedicated Herself

Week 5: Mary Who Anointed the Lord

Week 6: Esther Who Stepped Up

Week 7: Miriam Who Sang Victoriously

Week 8: Rahab Who Believed Courageously

Week 9: Jochabed Who Risked Creatively



Bible Reading Challenge Check-in

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Hey there, Friends! Welcome to Monday and the Bible Reading Challenge check-in. We have 5 more Monday check-in’s together before this year is complete! Wow, I can hardly believe it.

So how is your Bible reading going? Let me encourage you that even if you do not complete reading through the Bible this year, the focus for our weekly Monday reading check-in is to encourage one another to read each day. Doesn’t matter how much or how little.

To be honest, I’m still praying about what to do for the Bible reading challenge for next year. For the last two years, I have made it my goal to read four chapters a day using the M’Cheyne reading plan. This plan finishes the Bible in one year. But for next year, I believe the Lord is leading me to break the reading down into a smaller amount of reading per day. Stay tuned for an announcement about a new plan that will begin in January!

Have a marvelous Monday!

Rachel

 

 

 

Jochebed Who Risked Creatively

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Welcome to week 9 of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave the series! Each week for 10 weeks on Whimsical Wednesday, we are studying the most beautiful and brave women in the Bible. At the end of this post, you will find the prior articles in the series. Join us for another study adventure of women in the Bible!

This week our featured guest is “Jochebed Who Risked Creatively.”

As an Israelite woman, it was a terrible season to be pregnant. Blessed by God, the children of Israel had multiplied greatly in Egypt, even under the bondage of Pharaoh. Pharaoh realized the risk involved with the Israelite’s rapid population growth. His resolution to the problem? Have the midwives kill the baby boys born to all Israelite women. Faithful to God, the midwives did not follow through on Pharaoh’s command. As the story unfolds, Pharaoh then declares for all baby boys under age 2 to be cast into the river.

I can’t imagine the sorrow associated with such a command. But we do know that one woman’s story didn’t end in the river.

Jochebed carefully concealed her baby boy for three months.

And when she could no longer keep him quiet, she creatively took a risk. She threw him in the river- but just not according to Pharaoh’s instructions. Crafting a small boat unlike anything Etsy can boast, Jochebed gingerly placed her precious baby boy in it. The Bible doesn’t tell us this, but I believe she purposely chose a place in the bulrushes close to the bathing spot of Pharaoh’s daughter. Maybe not. Maybe God led the steps of Pharaoh’s daughter exactly to the “random” place where baby Moses (recognize that name?) cried from his baby bed boat.

Either way, Jochebed left a guard over little Moses, his older sister, Miriam. And when Miriam saw the interest of the Pharaoh’s daughter, she graciously offered to find a nurse for the baby. Just so happens that the nurse was her mama. And the baby’s mama.

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. Exodus 2:9

I wonder what it was like to get paid for caring for your own baby.

Do you think Jochebed just soaked up every minute with her sweet boy since she knew that ultimately, she would one day take him to the princess of Egypt, possibly never to see him again?

It’s easy to see the bravery of the mother of God’s chosen leader of the Israelites. But her beauty? I believe her beauty was her ability to think outside the box. God used her creative ingenuity to not only think of the plan to save her baby boy, but also, her very own hands to fashion a baby boat that would survive the water of the Nile.

God specifically chose Jochebed as the mother of Moses.

When God gives an assignment, he always provides the tools to follow the plan.

Or another way to say it?

Where God guides, he provides.

Check out this profile of Jochebed, beautiful and brave.

  • Name: Jochebed
  • Occupation: full-time caregiver and mama
  • Family background: Wife to Amram, Mom to Miriam, Aaron and Moses
  • Daily life: we can only guess
  • Emotional baggage: unknown
  • Weaknesses: unknown
  • Beauty secrets: used the skills and talents God provided to follow through on his plan
  • Acts of bravery: boldly hid her baby boy in the bulrushes in order to save his life and ultimately, the entire nation of Israel

For Jochebed, the hand that rocked the boat is the one that ruled the world.

 

Each week during this series, I have been highlighting one of the posts linked up in the previous week. I couldn’t help but choose Gina’s post on the power of blessing other women. Yesterday I received an email from a dear friend who wrote just to say she is praying for me. I can’t tell you how special that was to me!! I know personally that Gina’s post is true. Check it out!

Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement  linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.

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See you tomorrow!

Rachel

Original Post: Women in the Bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave

Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series

Week 1: Sarah Who Remembered God’s Promise

Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth

Week 3: Hannah Who Poured Out Her Soul

Week 4: Ruth Who Dedicated Herself

Week 5: Mary Who Anointed the Lord

Week 6: Esther Who Stepped Up

Week 7: Miriam Who Sang Victoriously

Week 8: Rahab Who Believed Courageously