Searching the Scriptures
“Search the Scriptures…They are they which testify of me.” John 5:39
Author: Bob Moses
The Woman at the Well of Sychar
Part 2 of 2 Parts
Let us recap what we have learned from Part 1. And in view of the Saviour’s conversation with this woman, as a sample case of God’s gracious dealings with a sinner. First: that the Lord took the initiative, being the first to speak. Second: that His first word to her was “Give” directing her thoughts at once to grace; and that his next was “me” leading her to be occupied with Himself. Third: that He brings her face to face with her helplessness by asking her for a “drink”, which in its deeper meaning, signified that He was seeking her faith and confidence to refresh His spirit. Fourth: this was met by an exhibition of the woman’s prejudice, which, in principle, illustrated the enmity of the carnal mind against God. Fifth: Christ then affirmed that she was ignorant of the way of salvation and of His own Divine glory. Sixth: He referred to eternal life under the expressive figure of “living water.” Seventh: He assured her that this living water was offered to her as a “gift,” on the condition that she was to “ask” for it, and thus take the place of a receiver. Not a giver.
Even after all this dialogue with the Lord she still did not comprehend who He was. Quite the contrary, she continued to voice objections. In verse 10; Christ says unto her; “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink: thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” How plain, how simple, yet how does she respond? “The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water. Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?” Verse 11—12. Little did she know that He was indeed greater than father Jacob, but her eyes were yet clouded.
Four things are brought out by these two statements. First, her continued blindness to the glory of the one to whom she was speaking. Second, her occupation with material things. Third, her concentration on the means rather than the end. Fourth, her ignorance of the Source of the “living water.” Did our Lord throw up His hands in despair and walk away from this poor woman who He was trying to connect with? No! With patience and resolve He was going to nudge her into acceptance of Himself as her personal Saviour. Time was not of essence, her lost soul, her spiritual condition was the object of His affection. She was the main reason that He must needs-be, going through Samaria. It is true that she had never before met the Lord Jesus, but this did not excuse her. It was because she was blind that she saw in Him no beauty that she should desire Him. And it is only unbelief which prevents the sinner today from recognizing in that One who died upon the cross the one and only Son of God, and the only One who could save him from his sins. Unbelief is not a thing to be pitied, but blamed. Now that Christ had revealed Himself as the One who dispensed the “gift” of God, the Samaritan woman only answered, “Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with!” How little she knew as yet, the Divine dignity of that One who had come to seek and to save that which was lost. How complete was her blindness and how accurately does she picture our state by nature. The same was our condition when God began His dealings with us; our eyes were closed to the perfections of His beloved Son, and “we hid as it were our faces from him.”
“Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with.” Her mind illustrates a principle of general application, her mind was centered on material things, wells and buckets! She is still being viewed here as a representative character of us all. Behold in her, is an accurate portrayal of a sinner. Occupied with the world and material things. She could not discern Who it was that addressed her, nor what He was offering. And thus it is with all who are of the world: they are kept away from the things of Christ by the things of time and sense. This is the work of Satan, anything to keep the soul from the Saviour. “Let it be what it may, let it be only a waterpot, he (Satan) cares not, so long as it occupies the mind to the exclusion of the knowledge of Christ. He cares not for the instrument, so long as he (Satan) gains his own ends, to draw the mind away from the apprehension of spiritual things. It may be pleasure, it may be amusement, gain, reputation, family duties, lawful employments, so that it keeps the soul from fixing on Christ. This is all he (Satan) wants. A waterpot will serve his purpose, just as well as a palace, so that he (Satan) can blind them, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”. (J.N.Darby). Dear readers have you noticed in the Parable of the Sower the Lord tells us that the things which “choke the Word” are “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches” (Matt. 13: 22)?
See yourself in this woman. She came to draw water, a daily task; a lawful and necessary purpose, no doubt, but one which occupied her mind to the exclusion of the things of Christ! Her mind was set on wells and buckets, and nothing else. Today men are busily occupied with making a living for his family, and women concerned with the duties of the home plus many who work to help with the family expenses, lawful and necessary things, but to the extent that Christ and His salvation is “crowded-out”! Who has the time to read Scripture, even to go to Church is an inconvenience; after all is not Sunday the day of “rest” can I not sleep-in, at least one day of the week? So it was with this Samaritan woman she was concerned with her bodily needs. The same with many today they are too busy to take time to study the things of God. They are too much occupied with their “waterpots” to listen to the still small voice of God. God says; “Be still, and know that I am God”. Psalms 46: 10. Be still! What marvelous counsel. Stop, slow down, take time to ponder and reflect; Who am I, where am I going, meditate upon God and enjoy his wonderful blessings in your life. Take the time to “Be Still”!
Note carefully this objection from this woman. “Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with”. She is focused on the “means” rather than the “end”. She is limiting Christ, by the use of means. She supposed that He could not provide this “living water” unless He had something to draw with. How many folks fall into this same trap. They figure they cannot come to Christ unless they attend a Church or some Revival meeting. But when God determines to do something He acts independently of all means. When He desires to create a world, He speaks and it is done! He rains manna from heaven; furnishes water out of a rock, and supplies honey from the carcass of the lion!
Then her next objection is “The well is deep”. From whence then, shall man obtain the “living water”? How can he obtain eternal life? By keeping the Law? Nay, verily, for “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified” (Rom. 3:20). Is it by cultivating the best that is within us by nature? No, for “in my flesh dwelleth no good thing” (Rom. 7:18). Is it by living up to the light we have, and doing the best we know how? No, for we are “without strength” (Rom. 5:6). What then? Dear reader, listen: This “living water” is not a wage to be earned, a prize to be sought, a crown to be won. No; it is a gift, God’s free gift in Christ: “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23); yes; the well is deep. Into awful depths of suffering had the Savoiur to descend before the life-giving Water could be furnished to sinners.
“Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?” (4:12). As another has well said “How little she knew, as yet, of the One she was addressing”. She was speaking indeed so the One who had formed Jacob and given him all that he ever possessed. Her eyes were yet closed, and this was the true secret of her “How? And Whence? This explains much! When we find people asking questions, unbelieving questions, concerning the things of God, it is a sure sign that they need to have their eyes opened. The rationalist, the critic, and the infidel are all blind. It is their very blindness that causes them to ask question, raise difficulties, and create doubts. They deem themselves very clever, but they do only exhibit their folly.
“Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself?” Here again we may discover a deeper significance than what appears on the surface. Attention is called to the antiquity of the well and what it represents. Beautiful is the underlying spiritual lesson. The “well” is as old as man the sinner. The salvation of which the “water” of this “well” speaks, had refreshed the hearts of Abel and Enoch, Noah and Abraham, and all the Old Testament saints. God has had but one way of salvation since sin entered the world. Salvation has always been by grace, through faith, altogether apart from human works. The Gospel is no novelty: it was “preached before unto Abraham” (Gal. 3:8). Yea, it was preached to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when, clothing our fallen first parents with coats of skins (Gen. 3:21), God made known the fact “without shedding of blood is no remission,” and that through the death of an innocent substitute, a covering was provided which fitted the guilty and the defiled to stand unabashed in the presence of the thrice holy One, because he/she, was “accepted in the Beloved.”
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again” (4:13). The Lord Jesus was not to be put off. He was determined to reveal Himself to this poor soul. Let’s examine this word of Jesus “whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again”. What does this mean? The seat of the ‘thirst” within man lies too deep for the waters of this earth to quench. The “thirst” of man’s soul is a spiritual one, and that is why material things are unable to shake it. Earth’s deepest well may be fathomed and drained, and the needy soul remain thirsty after all. Men and women may take their fill of pleasure, yet will it fail to satisfy. They may surround themselves with every comfort and luxury that wealth can provide, and the heart still be empty. They may court the honors of the world, and climb to the highest pinnacle of human fame, but the plaudits of men will leave an aching void in their hearts. They may explore the whole realm of philosophy and science, until they become as wise a Solomon, but like Israel’s king of old, they will discover that all under the sun is only “vanity and vexation of spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 2). This applies to religions as well. The religious systems of human manufacture hold not the Water of Life. They do but disappoint. Nothing but the “living water” can quench our thirst and satisfy our heats, and only Christ can give this.
One may ask; What is this “living water”? This water is “eternal life”, and this is not bought or won, but is received as a “gift,” for the “gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “Never thirst again” denotes a satisfying portion. “Never thirst” argues the eternal security of the recipient. Were it possible for a believer to lose his salvation, this verse would not be true, for every lost soul will “thirst”. However this “gift; shall be in him (man) a well of water springing up into everlasting life”: this “gift,” this “living water,” is a present possession, imparted by grace, and is something within the believer.
“The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw” (4:15). Aw, finally a ray of light begins to pierce her dark understanding. Ever so slowly she is coming around. But notice her reasoning; “neither come hither to draw”. The natural mind is occupied with natural things. The Saviour of sinners is before her, but she knew Him not. He had asked for a drink, and she had replied with a “How?” He had told her of God’s gift, and she had replied with a “Whence?” He had spoken of an everlasting well, and she seeks only to be spared the trouble of coming hither to draw. As aforementioned, at least we see a ray of light for she says to the Lord; “Sir, give me to drink”. She finally “asks” of the Lord. She yields to her prejudice and is now willing to be indebted to a “Jew”. What comes next? Her conscience must be reached. A sense of need must be created. And how is this accomplished? By a conviction of sin. There can be no blessing till there is conviction and confession of sin. It is not until we discover our case to be truly desperate that we betake ourselves to Christ. And sure enough, here it comes.
“Jesus said unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither” (4:16). This is so precious. It is strange that so many have missed the point of this statement. A little meditation will surely discern not only the solemnity, but the blessedness, of this word from the Saviour, to the woman whose heart was slowly opening to receive Him. Two things the Lord bade her do: the first was solemn and searching; the second gracious and precious. “Go,” He said, “call thy husband”—that was a word addressed to her conscience. “And come hither”—that was a word for her heart. The force of what He said was this: If you really want this living water of which I have been telling you, you can obtain it only as a poor, convicted, contrite sinner. But not only did He say “Go,” but He Added “Come.” She was not only to go and call her husband, but she was to come back to Christ in her true character. It was a marvelous mingling of “grace” and “truth.” Truth for her conscience; grace for her heart. Truth which required her to come out into the light of her proper character, as a self-confessed sinner; grace which invited her to return to the Saviour’s side. Well may we admire the ways of Him “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).
Now comes the climax! “The woman answered and said, I have no husband.” “Jesus saith unto her, Thou hast well said I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that said, thou truly” (4: 17, 18). She confessed her sin! Not only that but she glorified the Deity of Christ! He revealed His omniscience. He knew all about this woman—her heart, her life, her very thoughts; nothing could be hid from Him. She might be a complete stranger to Him in the flesh, yet was He thoroughly acquainted with her. It was the same with Peter: the Saviour knew him thoroughly the first time they met. (John 1: 42). He saw Nathanael under the fig tree before he came to Him. And so, dear reader, He knows all about you. Nothing can be concealed from His all-seeing eye. But this will not trouble you if everything has been brought out into the light, and confessed before him.
“The woman saith unto Him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet” (4: 19). A “prophet” is God’s spokesman. This woman finally recognized the voice of God. The Divine arrow of conviction had pierced her conscience, and the effect is striking: “I perceive.” Her eyes were beginning to open. It was through her conscience that the light began to enter. There is a principle here of great importance to the believer. An exercised conscience precedes intelligence in the things of God. Spiritual illumination comes through the heart more than through the mind. One of our more pressing needs is a more sensitive conscience. In Heb. 5:11—13 we read of those who were “dull of hearing”, and incapacitated to receive the deeper things of God. “Dullness of hearing” does not mean they were suffering from a stupefied mind, but rather from a calloused conscience. The last verse of Heb. 5 speaks of those who were qualified to receive the deeper truths: “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Thus it was for our learning that we are shown that the perception of spiritual things came to the Samaritan woman through, and as the result of, a conscience active in the presence of God.
Out of the clear blue the woman offers yet another objection. She was right on the eve of regeneration, for her last statement was “Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet”. This evidences the fact that light was beginning to illumine her understanding: there was the dawning of spiritual intelligence. But immediately following this we discover, yet again, the working of the flesh. “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship” (4:20). Here the enmity of the carnal mind lift’s its ugly head once again. The subject of where to worship was one of the leading points of contention between the Jews and the Samaritans. The notion that the Lord was slowly convicting her of her sinful state was uncomfortable, as with all of us, so she diverted the subject by asking the question of where one was supposed to worship. She was anxious to know how He would decide the age-long dispute between the Jews and the Samaritans. Is this not so with all of us? Following our first awakening, were we not then, nor even now considerably exercised over the conflicting claims of the churches and denominations? Where I ought to worship? Which denomination shall I join? In which church shall I seek membership? Which is the most scriptural of the different sects? These are questions which the majority of us faced, and probably many sought the solution of the problems long before they had found rest in the finished work of Christ. At which point we often discover the “where” is unimportant. We “must” worship in spirit and in truth”, it does not take a church house to follow this word of Christ. The church can neither save nor help to save. Many regard the church as a stepping stone to Christ, and frequently they find it but a stumbling-stone away from Christ. No, stepping stones to Christ are so near to us, that no stepping stones are needed. He has come all the way from heaven to earth, and is so near to us that no stepping stones are required. Indeed, steps up are not necessary for us, for the Lord Jesus took all the steps down to where we lay in our guilt and helplessness.
“Jesus saith unto her. Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father” (4:21). “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (4:23). A new order of things is about to take place, and under it God would be manifested not as Jehovah (the covenant-keeping God) but as “the Father”, and then the great question would not be where to worship, but how. The one who worships in spirit and in truth, no matter where he may worship, he, and he alone, is the genuine worshipper.
To “worship in spirit,” is to worship spiritually; to “worship in truth,” is to worship truly. They are not two different kinds of worship, but two aspects of the same worship. To worship spiritually is the opposite of mere external rites which pertained to the flesh; instead, it is to give to God the homage of an enlightened mind and an affectionate heart. To worship Him truly is to worship Him according to the Truth, in a manner suited to the revelation He has made of Himself; and, no doubt carries with it the force of worshipping not in pretense, but sincerely. Such, and such alone, are the acceptable worshippers.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (4:24). This is a most important verse and treats of a most important but sadly misunderstood subject, namely, that of worship. Much of that which is termed “worship” today is fleshly rather than spiritual, and is external and spectacular, rather than internal and reverential. What are all the ornate decorations in our church-houses for? The stained glass windows, the costly hangings and fittings, the expensive organs, band equipment, cameras and wide screen TV’s. The people at once reply, “But God’s house must be beautiful; but why be such hypocrites, it is they who love it to be so. Here, as everywhere, God’s thoughts are entirely different from mans. Look at the tabernacle which was made according to the pattern which Jehovah Himself showed to Moses in the mount; it was nothing more than an improvised hut! Yet, people reply, but look at Solomon’s temple! Ah, Solomon’s, truly. But look at it, and what do we see? Not one stone left upon another! Dear reader, have you ever stopped to think what the future holds for this world and all its imposing structures? The world, and all that is therein, will be burned up! Not only the saloons, and picture shows, the places of ill-repute, but also its magnificent cathedrals and stately churches, erected at enormous expense, while throngs of mankind rush to the Lake of Fire without any knowledge of Christ. Does this look as though God esteemed them very highly? After all, is it not the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and denominational pride which lies behind it all? Personally, I prefer the hut.
So therefore what is worship? First, it is the action of the new nature seeking, as to return to the Divine and heavenly source from which it came. Worship is one of the three great marks which evidences the presence of the new nature. Secondly, worship is the activity of a redeemed people. Israel did not worship Jehovah in Egypt; there they could only “sigh,” and “cry,” and “grown” (Ex. 2:23, 24). It was not until Israel had passed through the Red Sea that we are told “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and sang, saying, I will sing unto the Lord” (Ex. 15:1); and note this was the Song of Redemption, the words “redeemed” and “redemption” are not found in Scripture until this chapter is reached: see v. 13. In the third place, worship proceeds from the heart. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15:8, 9). Worship is a redeemed heart occupied with God, expressing itself in adoration and thanksgiving. Worship, then, is the occupation of the heart with a known God; and everything which attracts the flesh and its senses, detracts from real worship.
“God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” There is no choice in the matter. This “must” bars out everything which is of the flesh. Oh how far astray we gave gone! Modern “worship” (?) is chiefly designed to render it pleasing to the flesh: a bright and attractive service, with beautiful surroundings, sensuous music, and entertaining talks, sports teams, current politics and such. What a mockery and a blasphemy! Is a choir needed to lead worship? Where was the choir when the disciples, with bleeding backs sang praises to God in the Philippian dungeon? Where was the choir when Jesus suffered on the Cross? To who do the choirs sing; to God or to the people? The attractiveness of singing has been substituted for the foolishness of some of today’s preaching. Is music wrong? Most assuredly not, it is a gift which God has bestowed. My complaint is that what we see now is a solemn “sign of the times”, that church singing is often professional and spectacular, that which is of the flesh, and rendered to please the ear of man. The only music which ever passes beyond the roof of the church in which is rendered, is that which issues from Gods born again people, who “sing with grace in their hearts unto the Lord.” Back to the foolishness of some of today’s preaching; we see motivational preaching, do right and be good preaching. Preaching on current events, preaching on how God will reward you with money if you ask the right way and do the right thing. This is absurd! And we wonder why people are leaving the churches. Preach the Gospel and people will fill the pews. The people are yearning for the “meat” of God’s Word. Feed the Spirit of mankind. We are starving the Spirit to death, while entertaining the flesh, and then ask “Why” do not the people come to church? How hippocratic!
“God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” We are to worship “in spirit”, and not merely with the physical senses. We cannot worship by admiring grand architecture, by listening to the peals of a costly organ or the anthems of a highly trained choir. We cannot worship by gazing at pictures, smelling of incense or counting beads. We cannot worship with our eyes or ears, noses or hands, for they are all “flesh,” and not “spirit”. Much of our modern so-called worship is soulical, that is, emotional. Music which makes one “feel good,” touching anecdotes which draw tears, the magic oratory of a speaker which thrills his hearers, the clever showmanship of profession evangelists and faith healers, all who aim to “produce an atmosphere” for worship (?) and which are designed to move the varied emotions of those in attendance, are so many examples of what is soulical and not spiritual at all. True worship, spiritual worship, is decorous, quiet, reverential, occupying the worshipper with God Himself; and the effect is to leave him not with a nervous headache (the inevitable reaction from the high tension produced by soulical activities) but with a peaceful heart and a rejoicing spirit.
“The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things” (4:25). Here is the Saviour’s reward for His gracious patience in dealing with this woman. Slowly but surely the Word had done its work. At last this poor soul has been driven from every false refuge, and now she is ready for a revealed Saviour. She is through with her prevarication and procrastinations. She had asked “How?”, and Christ had graciously answered her. She had inquired “Whence?”, and had received a kindly reply. She had said, “Where?”, and this difficulty had been disposed of too. And now her questions ceased. She speaks with greater confidence and assurance. “I know that Messias cometh.”
“Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he” (4:26). For the seventh and last time (in this interview) the Lord addressed this soul whose salvation He sought and won. The moment the Samaritan woman expressed her desire for Christ, He answers, “You have Him; He is now speaking to you.” Nothing more was needed. The Saviour of sinners stood revealed. That was enough. All was settled now. “It was not a mount nor a temple; Samaria nor Jerusalem. She had found Jesus—a Saviour God. A detected sinner and a revealed Saviour have met face to face, and all is settled, once and forever. She discovered the wonderful fact that the One who had asked her for a drink, knew all about her—could tell her all that ever she did, and yet He talked to her of salvation. What more did she want? Nothing” (C.H.M.)
“And upon this came his disciples, and marveled that he talked with the woman”. (4: 27). Once again we may discern the providential dealings of God, regulating and directing the slightest movements of His creatures. These disciples of Christ left the Saviour seated on the well, while they went into the city to buy meat (v. 8). Had they remained they would have only been in the way. The Lord desired to have this woman alone with Himself. His purpose in this had now been accomplished. Grace had achieved a glorious victory.
“The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city” (4:28). Here is the blessed climax. The patient work of the condescending Saviour was now rewarded. The darkness was dissipated: “The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Cor. 4:6) now shone into the heart of this believing sinner. Four times had this woman referred directly to herself, and it is striking to note the contents and order of her respective statements. First, she acknowledged her thirst—“Give me this water that I thirst not” (v. 15). Second, she confessed her sin—“I have no husband” (v. 17). Third, she evidenced a dawning intelligence—“I perceive” (vs. 19). Fourth, she avowed her faith—“I know that Messias cometh” (v. 25). Finally, she leaves her waterpot and goes forth to testify of Christ. “Go, tell what great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” (Mk: 5: 19). Saith the Lord.
“The woman then left her waterpot.” What a beautiful sequel. She left her waterpot because she had now found a well of “living water.” She now knew the Messiah, not from hearsay, but from the personal revelation of Himself, and immediately she began to proclaim Him to others.
“And went her way into the city, and saith to the men; Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (4: 28, 29). How beautiful! Transformed from a convicted sinner into a devoted saint. The work had been through—nothing could be put to it, nor anything taken from it; because God had done it. Ecclesiastes, 3: 14. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him”. “She was saved; saved for all eternity; saved by Grace through faith, apart from any works of her own. And now that she is saved, she wants to tell others of the Saviour she had found. Christian reader, be this our work, henceforth. May our grand object be to invite sinners to come to Jesus. This began at once. No sooner had she found Christ for herself, than she forthwith entered upon the blessed work of leading others to His feet. Let us go and do likewise”. (C.H.M.)
“And saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” “Come” was the word of invitation that this newly—born soul extended to those men. It was a word she had learned from Christ’s own lips (vs. 16). It is the great word of the Gospel. It is the word which has resulted in peace to countless hearts. The last recorded words of this woman show her now as an active servant for Christ. It is remarkable to find that this final word of the woman was her seventh—the perfect number. Seven times, no more and no less had Christ spoken to her—telling of the perfectness of His work in dealing with her. Six times she spoke to Him (the number of man in the flesh) before she was fully saved; and then to this is added the last recorded word when she went forth to tell others of the One who had saved her; making seven in all—this last one, the seventh, evidencing the perfect work which Christ had wrought in her!
This concludes our “Study” of the Woman at the Well of Sychar. I must acknowledge much of the contribution to the text of this study was taken from A.W. Pink in his Book Exposition of the Gospel of John, copyright 1945 I.C. Herendenn, Swengel, Pa. Copyright 1975 by The Zondervan Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thirteenth printing 1978. Part of the foreword of December 1975 states: This exposition is complete and exhaustive, taking up the Gospel of John verse by verse, devoting extra attention to the difficult passages and encouraging independent study on the part of God’s people today. The Publisher.
The writer must also acknowledge the writings of C.H. Mackintosh; The Mackintosh Treasury, Loizeaux Brothers, Nepture, New Jersey; Copyright 1976 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Charles Henry Mackintosh first published the book in 1898 under the title of Miscellaneous Writings.