The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband."
~ John 4:15-17 (NKJV)
Does Jesus' M.O. feel a little like bait and switch?
Jesus opens an unwelcome discussion about water. He manages to entice an unsuspecting woman into desiring the water He has available. But when she becomes interested in what He offers, Jesus changes the subject.
It just so happens to be the last subject in the world she wants to talk about, where she is most vulnerable.
Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,' for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."
~ John 4:17-18 (NKJV)
Whatever her own contribution to her situation, this poor woman has either been divorced or widowed five times. She likely has no chance of another marriage candidate, and is reduced to cohabitation or harlotry or slavery for subsistence. Could she possibly feel more rejected by God or men or both?
And now, this stranger condenses the sum of her life's tragedy to a single sentence and confronts her in a moment of truth she was not ready to face.
But we know what she has not yet discovered. When God brings a man or woman to such a moment of truth, He is ready to do some of His best work in a life.
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