The woman answered, and said: I 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? It proves that for Jesus, there is never such a thing as damaged goods. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman ... "I have no husband," the woman replied. Jesus offers no comment about her status. 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. Jesus said to her, "You are correct to say that you have no husband. Jesus saying 5 husbands is more exact than saying “several”. 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. 4:16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." It’s definitely possible. This is why the Jews wouldn’t have anything in common with Samaritans — because their assimilation with these pagans had defiled them. jesus went on to talk a lot to her and spend 2 days with the smaritans verse 43 it looks like he was showing him self to the samaritians and telling them he was the messiah . But it was worse in 1st Century Judaea. Five different nations were dropped off in Samaria, II Kings 17:24, who knew nothing of God, II Kings 17:25. 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. On the earthly level, Jesus and the Samaritan woman are discussing her current matrimonial history, but there seems to be more going on here. Whereas Jesus quenches spiritual thirst forever. Her response takes another odd turn. While a woman victimized by divorce or death of her husband might garner some sympathy today, at the time, her track record would still have been viewed negatively by Jews and Samaritans alike. Marg on June 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm . Five Husbands of the Samaritan Woman, St.Photina. Many Samaritans believe in Him. / This represents the power of Rome, under which Israel was subject at the time of the … Jesus tells her He can give her living water. Even though he is outrageously transgressing various ancient taboos (a Jewish, single man, speaking to a multi-married, Samaritan woman in public)! We worship Jesus and He is our husband. 2. The woman appears in John 4:4–42, However below is John 4:4–26: 1. He is the only one who can satisfy us. She had been going from one idol to another because she was looking for fulfillment. The Samaritan’s personal history seems to have run parallel to the religious history of Samaria. Some say that she was nothing less than a prostitute or a whore. Jesus responds that if she knew who he was she’d ask him for “living water. But then, how much do we actually know about where that hatred came fro… We’ve probably all heard about the hatred between Jews and Samaritans. A. No wonder she was living with a 6th man, even without being married to him. This was when a man picked a virgin took her back to his or her tent and the rest is history. The Samaritan woman at the well is no angel. 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 . And because He is the infinite God He is perfect for every other lost, rejected, poor soul who will tie the knot with Him too. Stop. What you have just said is quite true.’ (John 4:17-18). At Jacob's well Jesus meets a Samaritan woman. as you can see today the church is in a mess because of opinions rather than the word of GOD as the two witnesess in revelation will bring judement not complacency and false teaching . Cookies. At that time in Samaria, the people worshiped idols. She had five husbands. 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 Yet, the Samaritan woman did come to understand who Jesus was and what he was telling her. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. As Anselm of Canterbury so wisely described his outlook: which, being interpreted, means Faith Seeking Understanding. And none of them satisfied her. [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.]. Well there’s another level to this story, the five husband might refer to the idols/powers the Samaritans have served from the past, and the current man might refer to Rome. Opportunities for purloining your own treasure as it happens. It’s midday, baking hot, and deserted. Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman. She will need to return to the well tomorrow for more water. Is it possible that the 6th man Jesus refers to is in fact married to another woman? And The Seventh Man in her life is just perfect for her. Jesus meets the woman alone, at a well. Finally, with all of that perspective, the Samaritan woman in John 4 had five husbands and was living with a sixth. The Gentile bride had met her seventh husband, her perfect and complete husband, her husband that would bring her rest. So let’s presume, therefore, that she didn’t necessarily want the divorces. Instead, the characters are individualized by their position in society and their interaction with Jesus. Now, here’s the thing. Through her story comes the lesson that people shouldn’t live by carnal pleasure. There is, in addition, a wonderfully affirmative and empowering element to the intervention of grace. When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John 4:17-19, is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town?. “Had” seems to imply that the husbands died not that she divorced them. Because she had been worshipping idols looking for the one true God (Jesus knows that and so does she.) Men did not live very long back in those days.I think this because the book of Ruth,she was a widow and was married to a kinsman of her father-in-law,who was Boaz.Samaritan womans sin was living with a man who was not her husband not necessarily the five husbands.If you ask for forgiveness ,Jesus will forgive you,however, you are not suppose to keep sinning again and again.She went back to town and was testifiying that Christ new all things ever she did.Well Every one is entitled to their interpretation, jesus pointed out that the woman at the well was sinning she had had 5 husbands and the one she was with now wasnt her husband .as jesus teaching on marriage is very strict not it be for fornication he says in matthew 19.9 .the word not was changed to exept by erasmus in 1522 giving the option for remmariage . Stop. I got goose bumps. Now I am not making the crass point that she had can’t have had anything to be ashamed of. If this is true, the transition from talking about “five husbands” to “true worship” naturally follows. John 4 Part 5: - Meanwhile, His Labourers urged Him, Rabbi, eat something. Is it impossible to believe she was a widow. Because marriage back then had to do with a blood connection (via a virgin), -sexual relationship and a covenant w/ God. Now read John 4:22-24. Then she met Jesus and her eyes were opened. 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 Joseph’s descendants. It is only in Jesus that we will be saved from our sins and made new in Christ ( Titus 3:5 , Galatians 2:20 ). Then the woman says I know that Messiah is coming the one who is called Christ. She was both sinner AND sinned against with her many husbands. And treats her with a magnetic dignity and respect. You see, she’s been married 5 times, and living with a 6th. How many husbands did the Samaritan woman have? Loved the article as well as the premise. By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy. the text says that Lord was tired, at the well, and asked the woman for a drink, the temp was not mentioned, yet i’ve heard teachings where the temp was described as being hot. The Samaritan woman is surprised at his request because Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. He tells her He is the Messiah. 2000 years ago there was no marrage licence. She has said that, ‘he told me everything I had ever done’. That could be a neutral statement – in other words, he knew how many marriages she’d had. Even though the Israelites were joined in covenant to the one true God, they intermarried with these foreigners and adopted their worship and practices. 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 Treasury of Scripture. You’ll see in a bit why I pointed that out. A feature of John’s Gospels is that conversations often take place on two levels. “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. 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]. Why speculate immorality when it is not even intimated by Jesus. Except a Samaritan woman. As the Samaritan woman represents the nation of Israel her five husbands represent the idolatrous covenants Israel had made with foreign gods – illustrated by the five groups who resettled Samaria. He went through Samaria. He says your right in saying you have no husband . 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. OK, that’s the first odd turn in this conversation. Florence cared for her elderly husband, and the marriage gave her stability and self-respect. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It soon becomes obvious why she does: safest time of day. She was questioning where can I find the one true God, on this mountain? Jesus said you are right you have had five husband’s and the one you are with now is not your husband. But unless you want to end up like her with 5 husbands and living with a man who does not want to marry you; you need to wake up, get some self-esteem and get some self-regulation. Is it possible that these men keep divorcing her because she doesn’t bear them children? 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. Inklings and Yarnspinners Yay! We know she had had five husbands, and the man she had currently was not her husband. ” When she said she would like this “living water,” Jesus asks her to get her husband. A very cursory glance at some popular commentaries reinforces this. That’ll preach! And we all know what that means… No wonder she goes out then. She can get her water while avoiding the gibes, jeers and scorn. And Jesus. Maybe the first husband dies and she was married off to a brother or kinsman related to the husband and so on down the line. A. Some scholars suggest that the drink contained psychoactive substances which may have enhanced the experience and contributed to mak… I’m not sure he would be so gentle to the various men who have treated her so badly. 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. This one’s been a struggle, strangely. The woman is said to have had many husbands (she is unfaithful). When we claim we don’t – we’re lying. There is no place in God’s word giving credit to your remarks! 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. did jesus devorse his church and marry another no did GOD devorse israel and marry another no does death break the marriage covnant yes . 4 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John — 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. is not. Please note: I’m not being critical of them – in their different ways, each offers genuinely helpful contributions. This means that they may easily become types. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. I wonder whether both the dissatisfaction and the victim-of-patriarchy narratives both are too modern and not Jewish enough. Or maybe she didn’t change the subject. First, she says, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. It’s not at all obvious what he’s up to. So blame … In John 4:16-18 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman to go and get her husband. Circumnavigating Church ‘Inner-Rings’, Q Marks the Spot 146 (December 2020 Treasure Map). This should have been strike three. 16 He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 17 The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Just imagine the Samaritan woman, how shocked she must be, to hear Jesus knowing her marital past,then: Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with[h] now is not your 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 . The mentioning of the 5 husbands she had and being with a man while not married seem to help the woman consider that Jesus was the Christ because He knew her past and present. Verse 33, they feared the Lotd but yet “served” their own gods. A. Is it possible that this was refering to a number of people that she had been sexualiy intimate with? 4:17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." But when it comes to this anonymous woman’s past, they are silent about it, or make similar points. OK, that’s the first odd turn in this conversation. The fact that she was drawing water alone, at midday, probably indicates she was a social outcast. Samaria’s checkered past had distorted its worship, insisting that true worship must take place on Mount Gerizim, not in the temple in Jerusalem. (We used the reading from Year A since we have six people entering the church. But, here was this Gentile woman meeting Jesus at a well. 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 approaching the Samaritan woman is an important factor in interpreting the text.7 Although readings of feminist interpreters and the other contemporary scholars of the marginalized are uplifting and somewhat liberating, they also leave me with a sense of discomfort. She had “had five husbands” (John 4:18), and the one she was now with wasn’t her husband. 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). Where do I find that reference in the Holy Bible? it’s not impossible… but I’m usually pretty sceptical of over-allegorised interpretations. 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 . Nobody in their right mind goes out then. He is looking into her eyes and she into His and Jesus says, I who speak to You am He. Now picture this. She had been married five times and was living in sin with a man who wasn’t her husband. When He comes He will show us all things. In fact, I was reading something just this week which emphasised the point. But there’s one crucial factor in the story which is so often overlooked – and it changes the narrative’s complexion radically. Was Jesus chastising the woman at the well for having 5 husbands in John 4:16-18 - Duration: 3:30. That’ll still preach. She finally found her true love.😀. 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