THE WELL AT SYCHAR (Scripture Reading)
"THEN cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar. . . . Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
Then cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. . . .
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
"THE wells around Nazareth were as symbolic to the mind of Jesus as the lilies of the field; so we learn from his words to the woman of Samaria as they sat together at the well of Sychar under the hot rays of a noon-day sun. A week-day meeting on the highway! How vast and far-reaching its results! Then were there opened wells of truth which are full to-day for thirsting humanity. Water becomes the symbol of refreshment of soul as well as of body. It is thirst that makes a draught from the living spring so grateful.
"If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
How familiar the words! We were born to them. But to great thoughts like these we need to be born again every day. How deep are God's wells ! How many are the secret springs, all out of sight, which fill them! We feed on God's life and think not whence the gift. Blessed are we when Jesus opens the well, and the roots of our life touch living springs.
" Give me this water, that I thirst not."