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. that doesent mean a believer can marry a unbeliver that would be unequaily yoked . Marg on June 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm . What makes Jesus ask for her husband now after she expressed a desire to receive the “living water” that satisfies every thirst? 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. 4:16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." ” Nicodemus misunderstands Jesus to be speaking about physical birth, when Jesus is actually talking about supernatural rebirth in baptism (John 3:1-12). And Jesus. Is it impossible to believe she was a widow. She was questioning where can I find the one true God, on this mountain? Is it possible that this was refering to a number of people that she had been sexualiy intimate with? Jesus went to the cross with no 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. Was it just an unimportant detail that she had had “five husbands” – rather than four or six, or any other number – or was this too in the providence of God? Her reputation would have been even worse in the case of divorce. It seems a well was a good place for single men to meet single women, for a life partner. Or maybe she didn’t change the subject. But Jesus…? Jesus responds that if she knew who he was she’d ask him for “living water. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. She had no other explanation for a strange man to know the details of her life. If only she hadn’t sought fulfilment in her marriages… she’d have saved so much heartache! The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. Now picture this. These Five Husbands, KAAM, KARODHH, LOBHH, MOH and HANKAAR are well known to the Sikhs but hardly there is any Sikh of quality. OK, that’s the first odd turn in this conversation. “Had” seems to imply that the husbands died not that she divorced them. 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 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. And The Seventh Man in her life is just perfect for her. 2000 years ago there was no marrage licence. Jesus responds that if she knew who he was she’d ask him for “living water. ” Where did that come from? Jesus was in the earth but live in the spirit not in the flesh A. The story lends itself perfectly to a dissatisfaction narrative: you know the one? 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. The detailed information seems to compel the woman to say to others, come see a man that told me things I’ve done. Five Husbands of the Samaritan Woman, St.Photina. The Samaritan woman’s understanding is blocked by a particular sin, so Jesus pinpoints it to take it out of the way. 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. You’ll see in a bit why I pointed that out. But it was worse in 1st Century Judaea. Her response takes another odd turn. 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. What else could a woman in such a vulnerable position do? So Jesus said go call Your husband and she said I have no husband. 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. You are on your sixth one and he is not your husband. 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. ” When she said she would like this “living water,” Jesus asks her to get her husband. In John 4:16-18 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman to go and get her husband. She had five husbands. 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. By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy. We’re on safer ground if we simply see what is going on in the narrative and seek to understand that within the context of the whole gospel. And we also know she … Jesus did not have sexual desires! Because marriage back then had to do with a blood connection (via a virgin), -sexual relationship and a covenant w/ God. Of course Israel was also the victim of those gods and kingdoms she chased after. It’s midday, baking hot, and deserted. The Samaritan’s personal history seems to have run parallel to the religious history of Samaria. Many Samaritans believe in Him. Plus, she went back to her town and proclaimed Jesus the Messiah. Did you ever read in the Bible where we that believe in Jesus and love Him are referred to as the bride of Christ. She finally found her true love.😀. Who is going to listen to the town whore? John 4 Part 5: - Meanwhile, His Labourers urged Him, Rabbi, eat something. In the case of death of her husband, a widowed woman may have been viewed as cursed or dangerous. This was when a man picked a virgin took her back to his or her tent and the rest is history. He tells her she had 5 husbands. Divorce was relatively easy for men, but practically impossible for women (eg see here). This one’s been a struggle, strangely. In fact, I was reading something just this week which emphasised the point. Could it be the word husband’s could refer to something else entirely? But then, how much do we actually know about where that hatred came fro… The Samaritan woman is surprised at his request because Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans. 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. He tells her He is the Messiah. Why would the Samaritan woman suddenly change subjects from marriage to the nature of true worship? is not. I got goose bumps. Jesus saying 5 husbands is more exact than saying “several”. no. What you have just said is quite true.’ (John 4:17-18). John 4:19 "Sir," the woman said, "I see that You are a prophet. Perhaps when Jesus mentioned the five husbands he was referring to the five nations that were planted there. Why did this conversation make these strange twists and turns?A little digging reveals one possible answer. I keep returning to the fact that Lewis’ original essay is entirely sufficient on the matter. Because she had been worshipping idols looking for the one true God (Jesus knows that and so does she.) did jesus devorse his church and marry another no did GOD devorse israel and marry another no does death break the marriage covnant yes . 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)? This means that they may easily become types. Even though the Israelites were joined in covenant to the one true God, they intermarried with these foreigners and adopted their worship and practices. Yes, the Samaritan woman at the well was an immoral woman, sexually immoral, ostracized from her community, loaded down with shame and guilt. If this is true, the transition from talking about “five husbands” to “true worship” naturally follows. (We used the reading from Year A since we have six people entering the church. But when it comes to this anonymous woman’s past, they are silent about it, or make similar points. The Samaritan woman, unlike other individuals who speak with Jesus in the Gospel of John, is never named. Although living under the same roof as the 6th man, it well could have been in the presence of his family in preparation for marriage, meaning guard against impropriety. It soon becomes obvious why she does: safest time of day. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. The woman at the well: 5-times married… but with what significance? Being exhausted, she decides to cohabitate with #6. 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. So let’s presume, therefore, that she didn’t necessarily want the divorces. So what confuses me the lady at the well had 5 husbands and was living with the 6 without marrage im confused by this. / 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. Being with a man who isn’t her husband is self-explanatory but what’s wrong with her having had five husbands? Now read John 4:22-24. Anyone whose ever been publicly exposed for thier sin in small town should be able to identify with this woman. Maybe the 5 husbands represent the many alliances that Israel has had with foreign nations, their alliance is … 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). The fact that she was drawing water alone, at midday, probably indicates she was a social outcast. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 She had been married five times and was living in sin with a man who wasn’t her husband. She can know that he knows her through and through and yet accepts her and will stay with her forever. That would be better than nothing. Samaria, like the woman at the well, had five husbands and was estranged from her true husband. No wonder she was living with a 6th man, even without being married to him. Miriam , They had to give certificate of divorce (via Moses) so there was a validity further than “back to the tent” 🙂. And none of them satisfied her. 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. The Samaritan woman at the well is no angel. Samaria was once part of the northern kingdom of Israel, which had broken off from the Davidic Kingdom. Just as the Samaritan woman did not fully understand who Jesus was at first, we also need Jesus to open our eyes to the reality of who He is (Psalm 146:8, Ephesians 4:18). There were six different idols in Samaria the people were worshipping at that time. It’s definitely possible. The woman is said to have had many husbands (she is unfaithful). And therefore that makes Christ our husband. Note: A more recent, better article on the Samaritan woman is here. I wonder whether both the dissatisfaction and the victim-of-patriarchy narratives both are too modern and not Jewish enough. Instead, the characters are individualized by their position in society and their interaction with Jesus. It had set up its own monarchy and form of worship until Assyria invaded and sent most of its inhabitants into exile. 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. ’ For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband” (John 4:17-18). Jesus meets the woman alone, at a well. 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 . A feature of John’s Gospels is that conversations often take place on two levels. Five different nations were dropped off in Samaria, II Kings 17:24, who knew nothing of God, II Kings 17:25. Learn how your comment data is processed. There is no place in God’s word giving credit to your remarks! 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 . Maybe by this means a sevenfold promise became a perfect promise, and seven thus became the perfect number. Verse 33, they feared the Lotd but yet “served” their own gods. Read the latest local Detroit Catholic News in your inbox. We worship Jesus and He is our husband. “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. 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. She was both sinner AND sinned against with her many husbands. We shouldn’t. Adultery. 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. 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 . Then she met Jesus, who asked her to go and get her husband and she replys I have no husband. (so here they are talking about husband’s.. and she says, Sir I perceive that You are a prophet. Jesus was telling her I am your husband. Was Jesus chastising the woman at the well for having 5 husbands in John 4:16-18 - Duration: 3:30. It proves that for Jesus, there is never such a thing as damaged goods. 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. But, here was this Gentile woman meeting Jesus at a well. He doesn’t condemn her lifestyle but meets her deepest heart-needs. Sin to die on a cross. Before getting into the general treasure, here are a couple of notices. 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