“When we skirt a forest we see at intervals, where by some accident of growth the light falls upon a narrow space, a miniature world of life and loveliness of every kind, suggesting what might happen if every square yard of the forest could receive a similar illumination. Every day of that wondrous life of Christ may have been equally full of meaning to some souls.” – The Pulpit Commentary
As we see in John 4 as Christ witnesses to the Samaritan woman, it was no accident that Christ met her that day. As a matter of fact, Christ, in his omniscience, saw that day many years back.
We see in John 4:4-6 that Christ purposely went through Samaria and to the well which was on a piece of land that Jacob had purchased more than 1,500 years earlier in Gen 33:18-19:
18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred pieces of money.
Later this same piece of land on which the well would of been was given to Joseph, Jacob’s son, as we see in Joshua 24:32:
32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.”
We can ask ourselves what is the significance of Jacob buying the land, and what does it have to do with Christ that day? I see it as that 1,500 years prior to Christ meeting this lady in John 4 and really before the foundations of the world, Christ knew that Jacob’s well would be the place where souls would come to know him. That well and the water in it started a conversation that changed this woman’s life and because of her witness brought many more souls to Christ over the next two days there in Sychar. See, everything that God ever has done, does, and will do is to bring glory to Himself and souls into the kingdom. We need to be more like Christ though and see every situation as an opportunity to win a soul and to remember to use our surroundings as a starting point if we have nothing else. The weather, an outfit, a vehicle, a child are just a few things that could be conversation starters that lead into an inquiry about a soul. It is all about Him, and it is all about us bringing souls to Him!
John 20:31- 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.