John 4:3-4 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria.
Back when our women’s Bible Study was studying the book of John, I remember when the above passage came that it bothered me because it almost seemed as if the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me something.
I did recognize that the women at the well was someone who was from the line of Abraham because she herself mentions that the well originated from the line of Jacob. In verse 12 she asked Jesus/Yahushua, “Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?” Also another clue of truth is in verse 5 it tells us that the land that Yahushua met her on was near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph, but it does not say that she was a Samaritan, but that she was ‘a woman of Samaria’ that had come to draw water at the well.
Another thing that I was reminded when reading this verse back then was something odd that Yahushua had said was that He had two flocks. That verse had often puzzled me as well.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
I think that this may mean Jew and Gentile, but maybe not because once they are grafted together, they become one. Isaiah had prophesied that He would gather the outcasts and others unto Him. This women was now living with the Samaritans and to the Jew, was considered an outcast. But not to Him. He knew who she really was.
What I learned this morning from Rico Cortes was that this women represented Israel. When Yahushua told her to go call her husband and she said she had none, His reply was this: “Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”
Like His forefathers who met their wives at a well, He had to go meet the women there at Samaria (who represented His original bride of His forefathers) at the well, just like where Moses met Zipporah, Eliezer met Rebecca, (pure women, from the seed of Abraham) Jacob met Rachael at the well. Now in this story where Yahushua would meet the Samaritan women (who represented Israel, the women who was no-longer pure because of idolatry) who represented the spiritual condition of the ten tribes of Israel whom had been dispersed.
John 4:17-18 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Yahushua said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Who were the fives husbands that Yahushua was talking about?
The kingdom that conquered Israel, the Northern Kingdom made a pack with the Egyptians to keep the Southern Kingdom at bay and the people of Israel were dispersed into the five nations that worshiped other gods and kings. They were Persians, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, and the Babylonians.
Yahushua must needs go through Samaria because He was the original husband looking for His bride at the well where His forefathers met their brides. Isn’t that just fascinating?