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 The king of Assyria brought pagans into Samaria to settle there (1 Kings 17:24). Russian The Woman at the Well Russian: Jesus and His disciples come to Sychar in Samaria. Gary Michuta is an apologist, author and speaker and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia. This means that they may easily become types. She had no other explanation for a strange man to know the details of her life. Jesus responds that if she knew who he was she’d ask him for “living water. On the earthly level, Jesus and the Samaritan woman are discussing her current matrimonial history, but there seems to be more going on here. When He comes He will show us all things. hes talking about physical death not spiritual .eg as paul tought a unbeliver is saved by a believer in marriage union Read the latest local Detroit Catholic News in your inbox. he was pointing out her sin and needed to repent . Circumnavigating Church ‘Inner-Rings’, Q Marks the Spot 146 (December 2020 Treasure Map). 4:17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." 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. Jesus responds that if she knew who he was she’d ask him for “living water. It had set up its own monarchy and form of worship until Assyria invaded and sent most of its inhabitants into exile. Could it be the word husband’s could refer to something else entirely? Maybe by this means a sevenfold promise became a perfect promise, and seven thus became the perfect number. He tells her she had 5 husbands. Although the woman still wasn’t sure what this living water was, she wanted it. Jesus did not have sexual desires! When we claim we don’t – we’re lying. Is it possible that these men keep divorcing her because she doesn’t bear them children? There is, in addition, a wonderfully affirmative and empowering element to the intervention of grace. As Anselm of Canterbury so wisely described his outlook: which, being interpreted, means Faith Seeking Understanding. Many Samaritans believe in Him. Before getting into the general treasure, here are a couple of notices. Privacy Policy For example, when Nicodemus visited Jesus at night, Jesus told him, “… no one can see the kingdom of heaven unless he is born from above” or “born again. It’s the perfect illustration for the point that Jesus just made about the difference between drinking well water and his eternal water (4:13). 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. Five husbands of the Samaritan Woman at well ? Why would the Samaritan woman suddenly change subjects from marriage to the nature of true worship? Because marriage back then had to do with a blood connection (via a virgin), -sexual relationship and a covenant w/ God. But we do. He went through Samaria. 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. All Q original content is © Mark Meynell (2006–2020). Sin to die on a cross. a certificate of devorse doesent break the marriage covnant . But then, how much do we actually know about where that hatred came fro… What was that sin? Jesus saying 5 husbands is more exact than saying “several”. Jesus meets the woman alone, at a well. Jesus knew this. ” When she said she would like this “living water,” Jesus asks her to get her husband. I keep returning to the fact that Lewis’ original essay is entirely sufficient on the matter. Mark 12:19-25 shows that Jesus is familiar with the law where a women can be married multiple times. That would be better than nothing. The woman is said to have had many husbands (she is unfaithful). It proves that for Jesus, there is never such a thing as damaged goods. The fact that she was drawing water alone, at midday, probably indicates she was a social outcast. Site by Glass Canvas. There were six different idols in Samaria the people were worshipping at that time. But, here was this Gentile woman meeting Jesus at a well. We’re all pretty familiar with this meeting in John 4, but have you ever noticed how their conversation takes a strange turn at the end?Let’s quickly outline the path of their conversation: Jesus asks for a drink. The ingredients used to make this drink remain a secret but it is supposed that this beverage deeply influenced each initiates experience and possibly was the cause of the ecstatic and ineffable visions experienced during the mysteries. In case you are unsure about what self-regulation even is, I am … That’ll still preach. Why speculate immorality when it is not even intimated by Jesus. Marg on June 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm . Now read John 4:22-24. 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. You are on your sixth one and he is not your husband. The Samaritan woman, unlike other individuals who speak with Jesus in the Gospel of John, is never named. Jesus offers no comment about her status. it’s not impossible… but I’m usually pretty sceptical of over-allegorised interpretations. How many husbands did the Samaritan woman have? Last Sunday the Gospel about Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) was proclaimed at my parish. That would be absurd. Divorce was relatively easy for men, but practically impossible for women (eg see here). But Jesus…? ’ For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband” (John 4:17-18). She can know that he knows her through and through and yet accepts her and will stay with her forever. So what confuses me the lady at the well had 5 husbands and was living with the 6 without marrage im confused by this. And Jesus knows it. She new what Jesus meant. Now, here’s the thing. ” Nicodemus misunderstands Jesus to be speaking about physical birth, when Jesus is actually talking about supernatural rebirth in baptism (John 3:1-12). Jesus went to the cross with no sin But then Our Lord makes this rather strange request: Jesus saith to her: Go, call thy husband, and come hither. He tells her He is the Messiah. Seven is the perfect number in scripture, maybe because if you make a sevenfold promise as Abraham did (Genesis 21:27-32) you are emphatically promising to keep the promise in the future on every single day of the week – I promise I will keep this promise on all future Mondays, and I promise I will keep this promise on all future Tuesdays, etc. “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. ” Where did that come from? (so here they are talking about husband’s.. and she says, Sir I perceive that You are a prophet. 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. Jesus was in the earth but live in the spirit not in the flesh The Gentile bride had met her seventh husband, her perfect and complete husband, her husband that would bring her rest. And none of them satisfied her. We know she had had five husbands, and the man she had currently was not her husband. 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. She will need to return to the well tomorrow for more water. 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). Jesus was telling her I am your husband. A. And The Seventh Man in her life is just perfect for her. As for your statement…”but I’m usually pretty sceptical of over-allegorised interpretations…” I couldn’t agree more! [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.]. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. He doesn’t condemn her lifestyle but meets her deepest heart-needs. A. I got goose bumps. Who is going to listen to the town whore? 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. With him she can enter into rest, she can cease from her own labour and enter into peace and joy. Opportunities for purloining your own treasure as it happens. For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly. Nobody in their right mind goes out then. 4:16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." Remember this woman was half Jew, so many of the customs were not applicable to the Samaritans. Loved the article as well as the premise. 2. John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "I see that You are a prophet. 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?. 2. He knows that she has led a scandalous life. Note: A more recent, better article on the Samaritan woman is here. And I’ve now lost count of the times I’ve read or heard it. 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. 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. It’s definitely possible. He is looking into her eyes and she into His and Jesus says, I who speak to You am He. So whoever we worship becomes our husband. You see, she’s been married 5 times, and living with a 6th. OK, that’s the first odd turn in this conversation. Her reputation would have been even worse in the case of divorce. Yet another factor in her heartache. This was when a man picked a virgin took her back to his or her tent and the rest is history. Cookies. “Had” seems to imply that the husbands died not that she divorced them. The Samaritan’s personal history seems to have run parallel to the religious history of Samaria. Then the woman says I know that Messiah is coming the one who is called Christ. The woman at the well was searching for the one true God and she was trying them all and wasn’t satisfied with any of them, even the sixth one. It’s possible that all 5 of her husbands died, but not likely, it makes more sense that they put her away and she remarried. Why did this conversation make these strange twists and turns?A little digging reveals one possible answer. But then she says something very odd: “…Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem. Instead, our Lord made his way through Samaria, resting at a place called Jacob’s well, where he asks a Samaritan woman for a drink. The factor is the status of women in the ancient world. During the night of initiation at Eleusis, the initiates of the Eleusinian mysteries accepted the drink just like Demeter in the Hymn to Demeter. Is it impossible to believe she was a widow. I have been shown two explanations as to why Jesus said this to her: The first one is that Jesus was prophesying the truth about her sinful life. Or maybe she didn’t change the subject. 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. did jesus devorse his church and marry another no did GOD devorse israel and marry another no does death break the marriage covnant yes . 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. 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. This doesn’t change the overarching satisfaction narrative, of course. 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)? The Samaritan woman’s understanding is blocked by a particular sin, so Jesus pinpoints it to take it out of the way. Stop. Plus, she went back to her town and proclaimed Jesus the Messiah. 2000 years ago there was no marrage licence. There’s absolutely nothing in the text to suggest anything of the sort. She was questioning where can I find the one true God, on this mountain? A. Is it possible that the 6th man Jesus refers to is in fact married to another woman? Being exhausted, she decides to cohabitate with #6. Some scholars suggest that the drink contained psychoactive substances which may have enhanced the experience and contributed to mak… Our fathers worshipped on this mountain and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Learn how your comment data is processed. The same might be true here. Hence the delay. husband here doesent mean idol it means man greek is 435 and is jesus word , when you enter into speculation and subjective imppressions its a whole new ball game one of deception, it creates chaos in church and stops all holy spirits work i seen my church blown to bits by it feeling goosebumps really have no anchor in word of GOD, as i found out my self they just lead to bitter end a lot o women come into church. These Five Husbands, KAAM, KARODHH, LOBHH, MOH and HANKAAR are well known to the Sikhs but hardly there is any Sikh of quality. A very cursory glance at some popular commentaries reinforces this. In fact, I was reading something just this week which emphasised the point. Was Jesus chastising the woman at the well for having 5 husbands in John 4:16-18 - Duration: 3:30. Jesus said to her, "You are correct to say that you have no husband. The woman responds, “I don’t have a husband” and Jesus replies, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband. The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. The woman had a difficult marital life: she had 5 husbands, – a fact which she didn’t tell Jesus but He knew anyway, – which represent the five foreign tribes who intermarried with the northern Israelites (Samaritans) introduced five male deities into their religion (cf. Inklings and Yarnspinners Yay! O Mores Evangelici!” 7. The Samaritan woman does not necessarily understand this, but nonetheless desires this special water. ” That makes sense. She was searching out other gods but they have nothing to offer, their not real. we can see the result of richard dawkins work in uk now because he attacked christianity Jesus tells her He can give her living water. 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 . Even though he is outrageously transgressing various ancient taboos (a Jewish, single man, speaking to a multi-married, Samaritan woman in public)! Her response takes another odd turn. Then she met Jesus and her eyes were opened. When Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee, he took an unusual route. At Jacob's well Jesus meets a Samaritan woman. Except a Samaritan woman. So, let’s get back to this view of Jesus and the Samaritan woman as an example of how to carry out the Great Commission. The Samaritan woman is surprised at his request because Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. But the true bridegroom is calling her back. He became sin for us. Jesus’ message to the woman and Samaria is that he fulfills all that the temple signified and will unite Samaritans, Jews, and all peoples together to worship God in spirit and truth. Instead, the characters are individualized by their position in society and their interaction with Jesus. Then she met Jesus, who asked her to go and get her husband and she replys I have no husband. Samaritans and Jews were not on friendly terms and most Jews tried to avoid that route. Jews still hate Samaritans -5. OK, that’s the first odd turn in this conversation. Why five? 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. She tells him that she does not have one, wherein Jesus tells her that she has had five husbands and that she is not even married to the one she is living with now. What you have just said is quite true.’ (John 4:17-18). That’ll preach! Maybe the 5 husbands represent the many alliances that Israel has had with foreign nations, their alliance is … So Jesus said go call Your husband and she said I have no husband. We’ve probably all heard about the hatred between Jews and Samaritans. She had been married five times and was living in sin with a man who wasn’t her husband. What else could a woman in such a vulnerable position do? But this passage clearly states that the woman has had 5 husbands. Where do I find that reference in the Holy Bible? (We used the reading from Year A since we have six people entering the church. 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. 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. So the commentators above who mention her spiritual needs met in Christ are clearly right. ‘I have no husband,’ she replied. A feature of John’s Gospels is that conversations often take place on two levels. John 4:5-6 sets the scene for this narrative. Yes, the Samaritan woman at the well was an immoral woman, sexually immoral, ostracized from her community, loaded down with shame and guilt. 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. Can you imagine, she had been looking for the real God with all her heart…and there He was standing right in front of her. It’s not at all obvious what he’s up to. 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 . Jesus said you are right you have had five husband’s and the one you are with now is not your husband. The echoes of Rebekkah and Rachel at the well reminds you that wells are places the bride is found for the bridegroom. Of course Israel was also the victim of those gods and kingdoms she chased after. 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. Stop. the woman must have repented after that. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. No wonder she was living with a 6th man, even without being married to him. the text doesn’t say she was divorced 5 times, yet i keep hearing some teachers build a lesson including this. It’s speculative of course, but isn’t it much more likely that she could only acquiesce to what men did to her? 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. She was worshipping these idols and therefore they became her husband’s. Will you support my work? Miriam , They had to give certificate of divorce (via Moses) so there was a validity further than “back to the tent” 🙂. ” When she said she would like this “living water,” Jesus asks her to get her husband. Yet, the Samaritan woman did come to understand who Jesus was and what he was telling her. 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." They were talking about husband’s and then she changes the subject and starts talking about worshiping on this mountain. He says your right in saying you have no husband . Isaac’s bride was found at a well, Moses first saw his bride at a well, and Jacob too. 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. It’s midday, baking hot, and deserted. But it does deepen it. Being with a man who isn’t her husband is self-explanatory but what’s wrong with her having had five husbands? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We shouldn’t. The more often it happened, the greater the sense of ‘being damaged goods’. Now picture this. You can simply BUY me a COFFEE! Five different nations were dropped off in Samaria, II Kings 17:24, who knew nothing of God, II Kings 17:25. Q. Interesting thoughts, Steve. 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