The Father Heart of God

John 4:1-15

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

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.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

CG Discussion Points

  1. What does John 5:19 tell us that Jesus came to do? It what way can we see the Father heart of God through the life and ministry of Jesus? How can our image of God as Father often be affected by our earthly fathers experience?
  2. Why does the John 4:4 emphasize that Jesus had to go through Samaria? Why did the Jewish people not want to associate with the Samaritans? What is revealed to us about the heart of the Father in in John 4:1-9?
  3. How can we see from the story of the Samaritan women that God always wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit (John 4:10-15)? What is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives according to Romans 8:15?
  4. How can we from the story of the Samaritan women see that our heavenly Father knows us and cares for us (John 4:15-19)? Have you experienced that in your life, if so when?