The Sexual Subtext in Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman

June 25, 2012 — 7 Comments

Did you miss the sexual subtext in Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman? On the surface, the conversation is primarily about water and worship. Beneath the surface, however, there’s a great deal about sex and marriage.


Of course the topic of marriage is not entirely underground. There is that awkward moment when Jesus raises the issue of the woman’s marital status.

“Go call your husband and tell him to come here.”

“Ahhh… I have no husband.”

The subject, however, seems abrupt – out of place. It’s raised suddenly with no apparent connection to what precedes it. Nothing in the conversation suggests Jesus should be concerned with her marital status. And just as quickly as its raised its dropped. Not surprisingly the woman wants to run from the issue as fast as she can.

But what exactly does the woman’s marital issues have to do with her request for living water? Interpreters regard it as a chance for Jesus to reveal His power and expose the woman’s sin. Certainly he is doing that. But is there more? Here are four things most interpreters miss or just simply don’t want to talk about.

Wait! Who’s the Groom?

Jesus encounter with the woman by the well comes after John the Baptist calls Jesus the “bridegroom.” Now “bridegroom” is just a fancy biblical term for what we today call the groom. That’s right. Jesus, John says, is the man getting married! Read John 3:28-30:

You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.”

And this isn’t the first time Jesus has been described as the groom either. A chapter earlier, Jesus miraculous supply of wine at the wedding leads the headwaiter to tell the bridegroom that HE has supplied the best wine. Did you catch that? Jesus was the one that supplied the wine but the headwaiter attributes it to the bridegroom. There’s nothing wrong with that assumption. The groom was indeed responsible for the supply of wine. So Jesus in suppling the wine has acted as the bridegroom!

Okay. So if Jesus is the groom, who’s the bride?

“Here comes the br…” Wait. It’s the Samaritan woman.

Wink Wink. You Know, That Thing That Happens When Men Meet Women by Wells

Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman is the longest dialogue between Jesus and a woman found in the New Testament. It’s safe to say that it’s pretty important. But what’s just as important is the way that John sets the scene and describes the action.

This isn’t the first time a man goes to a foreign land, sits down by a well of water, meets a girl and asks for a drink. In fact it happens quite a few times in the Old Testament with the same surprising result.

Continued here – The Thing That Happens When Men Meet Women By Wells

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Matthew Scott Miller

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  • Ralph

    * John 4 : 7 : “[…] Jesus saith to her: Give me to drink.”

    John 19 : 28 : “Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst.”

    John 4 : 28 : “The woman therefore left her waterpot …”

  • Galois

    And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to him : They have no wine.
    This has a double meaning, the obvious is obvious but the esoteric is : They don’t have love. Jesus Christ sanctified the marriage union by shedding his blood, and paying the price of Eve’s sexual relation with the devil by which lust entered the world (Eve shed her blood by losing her virginity to the serpent, thus she was also chastised by the menstruation).
    This was the first sign of Jesus because the first sin was on account of “marriage” done as adultery between man and Satan, and the new Eve is the one who said to the new Adam : They don’t have wine.
    [4] And Jesus saith to her : Woman, what is that to me and to thee ? My hour is not yet come. He said to her “Woman” not “Mother” to let us remember the old Eve. “My hour…” is the hour of suffering and atonement for the sin of Adam and Eve.
    “what is that to me and to thee ?” As if she is strange to him, married to another. the day will come when I will marry you O Eve.
    He that changes the water to wine, changes or transustantiate the wine to Blood, His Blood.

  • Galois

    Married people needs chaste people so they can still love each other (They don’t have wine).
    John 2 : 10 : [10] And saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But thou hast kept the good wine until now.
    This is a picture on marriage; after a period of time partners get ‘bored’ from each other. You are alone Lord, Love and the origin of all bliss.