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Who can draw the water

    Isaiah 12:3

        “ Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  

Fulfilled in John 4:10

        “ Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

    How many times have we read the story of the woman at the well that Jesus encountered and told her that she could have living water? It is amazing that this story has become sort of an old hat to us here, this side of the cross. The revelation I would like to share with you today is that in Isaiah 12:3, it was prophesied that the people of God would draw “water” from the “wells of salvation.” except upon the fulfillment of the prophecy, it is a woman who is not a Jew that indeed draws these waters! The Jewish leaders, and most of Israel as a matter of fact hated the Samaritans. They thought that “those” people were not worthy of salvation because they did not worship God on Mt. Zion and they were half blood. The prophecy in Isaiah was thought just to refer to God’s people and therefore was protected savagely by the Jews. However, once Jesus came on the scene, there was no longer slave nor free, Jew nor Gentile. For God so loved the world… the whole world. God has made salvation available to everyone. One of the main falacies promulgated today is that to be saved {ie “draw from the wells of salvation} then that person has to confess all of their sin before they receive their salvation. This is wholly unfounded in biblical truth. The woman at the well confessed nothing to Jesus. Instead, Jesus revealed to her that He knew “all she ever did.” Even after Jesus pointed out her “less than stellar” romantic behavior, she didn’t repent!!! And yet, this woman was the first evangelist! God saved her and then she stepped into the call on her life! If we, as Christians have the attitude that the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day had - that everyone who comes to God must be pure before they are saved, then we certainly miss the point of salvation entirely! 

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