It soon becomes obvious why she does: safest time of day. The Samaritan woman is surprised at his request because Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. This means that they may easily become types. Or maybe she didn’t change the subject. At the time of the encounter the woman was living with a sixth man, one who was not her husband. But it does deepen it. When Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee, he took an unusual route. It may be that in her community the Samaritan woman was 'married' as the second wife, but in Jesus' eyes, her marriage is null and void because he rejected bigamy." Where does it say that she was divorced? Even though he is outrageously transgressing various ancient taboos (a Jewish, single man, speaking to a multi-married, Samaritan woman in public)! I keep returning to the fact that Lewis’ original essay is entirely sufficient on the matter. Anyone whose ever been publicly exposed for thier sin in small town should be able to identify with this woman. Then the woman says I know that Messiah is coming the one who is called Christ. John 4 Part 5: - Meanwhile, His Labourers urged Him, Rabbi, eat something. The fact that she was drawing water alone, at midday, probably indicates she was a social outcast. Jesus knew this. Jesus was telling her I am your husband. Before getting into the general treasure, here are a couple of notices. No wonder she was living with a 6th man, even without being married to him. And therefore that makes Christ our husband. These Five Husbands, KAAM, KARODHH, LOBHH, MOH and HANKAAR are well known to the Sikhs but hardly there is any Sikh of quality. It seems a well was a good place for single men to meet single women, for a life partner. She had no other explanation for a strange man to know the details of her life. Where do I find that reference in the Holy Bible? A feature of Johnâs Gospels is that conversations often take place on two levels. OK, thatâs the first odd turn in this conversation. Five Husbands of the Samaritan Woman, St.Photina. The woman appears in John 4:4â42, However below is John 4:4â26: It’s midday, baking hot, and deserted. And Jesus knows it. We shouldnât. 2000 years ago there was no marrage licence. Circumnavigating Church ‘Inner-Rings’, Q Marks the Spot 146 (December 2020 Treasure Map). And we all know what that means… No wonder she goes out then.Â She can get her water while avoiding the gibes, jeers and scorn. Jesus did not have sexual desires! But it is likely (as well as theologically correct) to say that he knew her heart and her deepest spiritual needs – for forgiveness as well as satisfaction. no. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. âHadâ seems to imply that the husbands died not that she divorced them. I wonder whether both the dissatisfaction and the victim-of-patriarchy narratives both are too modern and not Jewish enough. (We used the reading from Year A since we have six people entering the church. During the night of initiation at Eleusis, the initiates of the Eleusinian mysteries accepted the drink just like Demeter in the Hymn to Demeter. Please note: I’m not being critical of them – in their different ways, each offers genuinely helpful contributions. This doesn’t change the overarching satisfaction narrative, of course. as we see in scripture the apostles teaching is the lords command 1 cor 14.37 2 peter 3.2 and acts 10.43 psalm 119.9 ,well we have our opinions but it doesent mean they are right we must fall in line to scripture . [Nor, for that matter, would he be so accommodating to the man with whom the woman about to be stoned in John 8 – but that’s another story.]. There’s absolutely nothing in the text to suggest anything of the sort. You see, she’s been married 5 times, and living with a 6th. Why would the Samaritan woman suddenly change subjects from marriage to the nature of true worship? “Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well.” Jesus was not a ghost, or an angel, he was a real man, fully man, with all the emotions and passions of a real man… yet without sin. Finally, with all of that perspective, the Samaritan woman in John 4 had five husbands and was living with a sixth. Divorce was relatively easy for men, but practically impossible for women (eg see here). She had âhad five husbandsâ (John 4:18), and the one she was now with wasnât her husband. Looking for ultimate meaning in relationships in this life… but they always fail to deliver, so you go onto the next one, hoping for the big one. Which she either had had lawfully, and had buried one after another; and which was no crime, and might be: the Sadducees propose a case to Christ, in which a woman is said to have had seven husbands successively, in a lawful manner, Matthew 22:25. That would be absurd. Hence the delay. But, here was this Gentile woman meeting Jesus at a well. 1. We also know, from understanding cultural and historical traditions of that time, that women typically drew water in groups in the morning, and it was often a social occasion. The Samaritan woman is surprised at his request because Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. Yes, the Samaritan woman at the well was an immoral woman, sexually immoral, ostracized from her community, loaded down with shame and guilt. the last mention of the time of year was passover, probably an april passover, and maybe the temps in holy land were cooler then, who knows, still no mention in the scriptural account, so why add to the scriptures….. verse 17 the woman answerd and said ihave no husband jesus said to her .you have well said i have no husband for you have had five husbands and the one whom you have now is not your husband Her response takes another odd turn. There were six different idols at that time. Sin to die on a cross. John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "I see that You are a prophet. Q. So the commentators above who mention her spiritual needs met in Christ are clearly right. And we also know she â¦ The idea of Jesus was to deliver the gospel and proper worship to the Samaritans by using the woman who was very familiar with the people and also known for her own proclivities, as a catalyst to get it done. So blame â¦ John 4:5-42 (NIV) Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Gary Michuta is an apologist, author and speaker and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia. He is similar to Adam in his sinless innocence before he fell, who filled with desire for the woman, burst into emotional, passionate poetry as soon as he saw a woman, his life companion, Eve: “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” This Samaritan woman had had five husbands, another man would not commit himself, and now Jesus, the perfect man, is willing to be the seventh man in her life, a husband, who will never leave her nor forsake her, different from all the rest because He will remain faithful, and if she be unfaithful to him, then he will take steps to win back her heart’s deepest love. The woman had a difficult marital life: she had 5 husbands, â a fact which she didnât tell Jesus but He knew anyway, â which represent the five foreign tribes who intermarried with the northern Israelites (Samaritans) introduced five male deities into their religion (cf. When we claim we donât â weâre lying. â For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husbandâ (John 4:17-18). the only thing that breaks the marriage covnant is death so they could have all died , and the one the woman was with now she wasnt married to yes it dosent say much about it Samariaâs checkered past had distorted its worship, insisting that true worship must take place on Mount Gerizim, not in the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman ... "I have no husband," the woman replied. Then, once she is overcome by coming to know Christ, she tells everyone about it (with a remarkable impact – 4:39-42 – Samaritans accept him too). As for your statement…”but Iâm usually pretty sceptical of over-allegorised interpretations…” I couldn’t agree more! Read the latest local Detroit Catholic News in your inbox. A very cursory glance at some popular commentaries reinforces this. It is midday, and Jesus and his disciples have arrived at a Samaritan town called Sychar which is close to the land Jacob gave to Josephâs descendants. This Samaritan woman had had five husbands, another man would not commit himself, and now Jesus, the perfect man, is willing to be the seventh man in her life, a husband, who will never leave her nor forsake her, different from all the rest because He will remain faithful, and if she be unfaithful to him, then he will take steps to win back her heartâs deepest love. If only she hadn’t sought fulfilment in her marriages… she’d have saved so much heartache! And Jesus. In John 4:16-18 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman to go and get her husband. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Yet, the Samaritan woman did come to understand who Jesus was and what he was telling her. Although the woman still wasnât sure what this living water was, she wanted it. He doesn’t condemn her lifestyle but meets her deepest heart-needs. She was worshipping these idols and therefore they became her husband’s. She was questioning where can I find the one true God, on this mountain? All Q original content is © Mark Meynell (2006â2020). Why would the Samaritans be serving Rome (esp when they might have regarded their faithfulness to the Torah as more faithful than Israel’s larger canon of scriptural texts)? She was searching out other gods but they have nothing to offer, their not real. It’s not at all obvious what he’s up to. â Nicodemus misunderstands Jesus to be speaking about physical birth, when Jesus is actually talking about supernatural rebirth in baptism (John 3:1-12). Mark 12:19-25 shows that Jesus is familiar with the law where a women can be married multiple times. I found myself thinking about this a lot recently by the phenomenon in the new China of the ‘mistress-dispellers’, described in a fascinating if long New Yorker article. In case you are unsure about what self-regulation even is, I am â¦ As the Samaritan woman represents the nation of Israel her five husbands represent the idolatrous covenants Israel had made with foreign gods â illustrated by the five groups who resettled Samaria. It is only in Jesus that we will be saved from our sins and made new in Christ ( Titus 3:5 , Galatians 2:20 ). as the other woman caought in adultry he said sin no more jesus said if we know we are sinning then there is no forgivness and if we keep sinning there is no forgivness must jesus be crucified again . There is, in addition, a wonderfully affirmative and empowering element to the intervention of grace. Could it be the word husband’s could refer to something else entirely? And none of them satisfied her. Why five? And with his divine insight, he lets her know that he knows: Jesus asks her to go call her husband. Only the barest outline of their past is ever related: the Samaritan woman had five husbands [John 4:18], the lame man had been afflicted for thirty-eight years [John 5:5], and the blind man had been blind from birth [John 9:1]. This should have been strike three. Why could she not have widowed? Interesting thoughts, Steve. people are getting confused about there gender .animals and insects dont get confused about who they are and we rule over them and are made in the image of GOD, That was soooooooo good thank you sooooooooooooooo much God bless you. And as far as I could see from my far too quick survey, Kruse was the only one to point this out in the newer Tyndale NT Commentary. We worship Jesus and He is our husband. Is it possible that these men keep divorcing her because she doesn’t bear them children? Her reputation would have been even worse in the case of divorce. Jesus said to her, "You are correct to say that you have no husband. It’s speculative of course, but isn’t it much more likely that she could only acquiesce to what men did to her? and really believe all these feeling they have its part of sinfull nature which must be crucified you only have to give satan your little finger and he has taken your arm and came in back door then he has given you a vision to edify these feeling you have then a scripture to make it seem even more real then he says wait for thee appointed time so you wait pray for ten years then you end back to square one you have to start over again and GOD will tell you i have come to test you but not for destruction to give you experiance. If this is true, the transition from talking about âfive husbandsâ to âtrue worshipâ naturally follows. She had been married five times and was living in sin with a man who wasnât her husband. The woman responds, âI donât have a husbandâ and Jesus replies, âYou are right in saying, âI do not have a husband. it’s not impossible… but I’m usually pretty sceptical of over-allegorised interpretations. Jesus responds that if she knew who he was sheâd ask him for âliving water. As a woman myself, there are so many ways that the Samaritan woman had that I can relate to and I am sure that many women can relate to. Inklings and Yarnspinners Yay! Being exhausted, she decides to cohabitate with #6. Opportunities for purloining your own treasure as it happens. He knows that she has led a scandalous life. Why did this conversation make these strange twists and turns?A little digging reveals one possible answer. He says your right in saying you have no husband . this was because of there lack of faith they died we have a GOD of justice as well and judement he isnt all love if that was the case jesus would never have had to die for sin . Learn how your comment data is processed. That would be better than nothing. Stop. Being with a man who isnât her husband is self-explanatory but whatâs wrong with her having had five husbands? She finally found her true love.ð. that doesent mean a believer can marry a unbeliver that would be unequaily yoked . We know she had had five husbands, and the man she had currently was not her husband. Now I am not making the crass point that she had can’t have had anything to be ashamed of. But this passage clearly states that the woman has had 5 husbands. Plus, she went back to her town and proclaimed Jesus the Messiah. The woman is said to have had many husbands (she is unfaithful). Interestingly enough, 1 Kings 17:30-31 tells us there were five groups that settled there, each worshipping their own pagan gods: The Babylonians worshipped Marduk; the men of Cuth worshipped Nergal; the men of Avva worshipped Nibhaz and Tartak; the men of Sepharvaim worshipped their city gods; and King Hadad worshipped Anath. You are on your sixth one and he is not your husband. This was when a man picked a virgin took her back to his or her tent and the rest is history. Many Samaritans believe in Him. the text doesn’t say she was divorced 5 times, yet i keep hearing some teachers build a lesson including this. Jesus went to the cross with no sin Was it just an unimportant detail that she had had “five husbands” – rather than four or six, or any other number – or was this too in the providence of God? Did you ever read in the Bible where we that believe in Jesus and love Him are referred to as the bride of Christ. Women could not initiate divorce. A. remember moses gave this because only one time because of the hardness of the heart this isnt a new order ,as people were complaining moaning despite how many were lead out of egypt how many enterd into the promised land 7 or eight if i recall Marg on June 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm . The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. It had set up its own monarchy and form of worship until Assyria invaded and sent most of its inhabitants into exile. Some say that she was nothing less than a prostitute or a whore. And treats her with a magnetic dignity and respect. It proves that for Jesus, there is never such a thing as damaged goods. For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly. â That makes sense. Stop. Loved the article as well as the premise. hes talking about to unbelivers and one gets saved or begining to be saved . Note: A more recent, better article on the Samaritan woman is here. Nobody in their right mind goes out then. Remember this woman was half Jew, so many of the customs were not applicable to the Samaritans. Isaac’s bride was found at a well, Moses first saw his bride at a well, and Jacob too. 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