Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Break the Rules

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

27th October 2013

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7)

By asking a Samaritan woman for a drink of water Jesus was breaking the rules on a number of levels.

Jews and Samaritans didn’t mix, Jewish men didn’t talk to women in public, and no self-respecting person would want to be seen with this woman considering her reputation.

None of this seemed to bother Jesus. He saw a human being in need, and was prepared to break the accepted rules in order to reach out to her.

Even though she was understandably hesitant to accept Jesus’ approach,

“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) (V.9) she eventually faced her own issues, came to the point where she wondered if Jesus is the Messiah and went to the town to tell people about him.

There was an important message here for the disciples to learn: Jesus broke down barriers in order to show her that he is the Christ.

This was a real challenge for the disciples, ‘they marvelled that He talked with a woman’ (V.27). They had to realise that it would be their job too, to break down barriers in order to share the gospel, not least with the gentiles.

And beyond the disciples there is a message and challenge to each of us. The gospel isn’t about maintaining rules and regulations, cultures and traditions, it isn’t about upholding conventions.

Primarily it’s about relationships and love. And for that message to get through, sometimes you have to break the rules.


Father, help me to value people and relationships more than I do the accepted norms of engagement , and may love and not rules define what I should do.

Have a good week breaking barriers for Jesus.

Pastor Barry

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