Jesus speaks about living water (Jn 4:10-4:10)

“Jesus answered her.

‘If you knew

the gift of God,

Who it is

That is saying to you.

‘Give me a drink,’

You would have asked him.

Then he would have

Given you

Living water.’”

ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ Εἰ ᾔδεις τὴν δωρεὰν τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ τίς ἐστιν ὁ λέγων σοι Δός μοι πεῖν, σὺ ἂν ᾔτησας αὐτὸν καὶ ἔδωκεν ἄν σοι ὕδωρ ζῶν.  

John uniquely indicated that Jesus answered (ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς) this Samaritan woman.  He said to her (καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ) that she did know who he was.  If she knew (Εἰ ᾔδεις) the gift of God, (τὴν δωρεὰν τοῦ Θεοῦ), himself, who had spoken to her (καὶ τίς ἐστιν ὁ λέγων σοι) about the drink of water (Δός μοι πεῖν), there would have been a different response.  She would have asked him (σὺ ἂν ᾔτησας) to give her (καὶ ἔδωκεν ἄν σοι) living water (ὕδωρ ζῶν).  Water was and is the source of life.  Humans would die without something to drink.  There are many metaphors around this concept of water.  Living flowing moving water is a positive force, yet roaring water can be destructive also.  This living water was like wisdom that we never get too much of.  Prophetic texts often spoke about the Spirit coming through flowing water.  Here, Jesus was talking about a spiritual water that later became known as Christian baptism.  Yet there was a little sense of arrogance here since this woman did not recognize Jesus.  Would you recognize Jesus if you met him?

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