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“A Changed Woman”
In this morning devotions, I read the story of the woman at the well. I am picking up the story after she and Jesus have had some interaction.
You are invited to read the following Scripture passage.
John 4:16-30
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
I would like to make a few observations.
Jesus asks us the tough questions in life. The saying might be, He cuts to the chase. He abruptly tells the woman to go get her husband.
Observation #2. Answer Jesus truthfully, he already knows the truth anyway.
Observation three, when we encounter the Lord God, be prepared to spring into action.
Observation 4, no matter what we’re doing, step away from that and put your time and energy into what Jesus wants us to do.
For instance, I am sure it was important for the woman to get water and back to her home.
However, she leaves for the town, letting her water jug remain at the well. Why would she do this?
Jesus inspired her and she goes to tell others about her.
John 4:29-30
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Tomorrow we will see how the Lord God uses her ministry.

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