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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?


The woman responded to Jesus with a hypothetical question that expected a negative answer. To her mind Jesus was not greater than Jacob, at whose well they were having this conversation.

11 The woman said to Him,

The woman responded to Jesus with lack of understanding of what He had truly said. She thought Jesus spoke of spring water that bubbled up to the surface. She failed to comprehend spiritual things, just like Nicodemus had.


The woman now took on more respect toward Jesus with the word “sir.”

You have nothing to draw with [no rope-bucket],

The Samaritan woman thought that Jesus was speaking of literal water. The normal usage of “living water” was regarding spring water. It was not possible for Jesus to draw from spring water because He had no rope-bucket.

and the well is deep.

Jacob’s Well was over 100 feet deep. Today it is one of the deepest wells in all of Palestine.

Where then do You get that living water?

Since Jesus did not have a rope-bucket with Him, the woman wondered where He would get His water. If His water was not from Jacob’s Well, where did it come from? The woman was perplexed about Jesus’ source of living water. She was mystified about Jesus’ statement and seemed to think it was absurd. Nevertheless, she continued to try to understand, as seen in the following statements.

The woman at the well confined her worldview to the physical, the material. The physical was the basis of her assumptions for life. Her thinking did not elevate above something like water that came from a spring. She did not understand what Jesus offered her.

The woman questioned Jesus’ authority about water: “If you cannot even draw water from Jacob’s Well, how can you be such an expert on water in general? How could you be greater than Jacob?” Jacob’s Well not only provided for him and his family but for all his livestock as well. It was a well of abundant water.


Authority is the foundation for truth.


The question of source of truth is important. We determine what we believe by the ultimate authority we accept. If we believe science is the ultimate authority, then we accept the fact that everything is material or physical. That is what the woman at the well believed. Her essential belief system revolved around physical pleasure and around carrying water from a well.

The question of assumption of the means of what we believe is at the heart of what is true. If we believe that no one has the truth, as most of Western society today, then that very belief system itself prohibits a person from coming to truth.

The heart of Christianity is that God takes the initiative for belief. If a person goes positive toward the supernatural work of the Spirit, then the issue of authority for what he believes is resolved. If someone rejects that ministry, then that person is left to rest on a finite perspective, a limited viewpoint on reality. He is confined to his own finiteness (solipsism). He cannot accept what God has to offer.