An Abused, Angry, Sullen Woman

John 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

We must keep this conversation in the context of the culture of that day. It was a man's world, and for women and children not willing to show humility in the presence of men it was, sadly, a brutal world. I think one purpose for retaining the first part of this conversation was to give us insight into the nature of this particular woman within that culture.

Twice Jesus told this woman what to do, and twice she argued with Him, and then didn't do what she was told. In that culture her responses would have been openly disrespectful. Then, while alone with a man from a neighboring nation in conflict with her own, she tried to start a religious argument about the superiority of her national religion over his. Dangerous...

I would expect to see scars on the face and knuckles of a woman who responded to men in that culture the way this woman responded to Jesus. She was a sullen, angry, abused woman, who had experienced a difficult life of broken relationships. She was living, unmarried, with her sixth man.

But... Jesus knew this, and was patient and kind with her. To Jesus she was His lost sheep in the wilderness. She was the one He came to save. He left the ninety and nine righteous to look for her. Other men may have seen her as someone to abuse, use, belittle, or ignore. Jesus saw a beloved soul; a person to value and sacrifice Himself to redeem. Even his disciples were surprised to see Him talking to her as they returned from an errand. He could have gone to a Samaritan queen… but He went to that water-well to save that woman, and I'm glad He did.


  1. I'm glad He did too! This was beautiful! What a beautiful Saviour!

  2. Thank You Larry, great insight. It adds an even greater appreciation for our Saviour's mercy & desire to rescue those of us who are most stubborn & offensive.

  3. Excellent insight into that woman. Seems that a better understanding of our low rebellious estate magnifies the grace of the Savior. Good, brother.



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