A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. John 4:7
I have heard many sermons about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. When He asked her for a drink, He was alone with her – the disciples were not around.
With her coming at the hottest time of day, well after the other women have drawn their water, also indicates she was avoiding them, perhaps because of her lifestyle.
One commentator says although Jewish teachers warned against talking much with women in general, they would have especially avoided Samaritan women, who, they declared, were unclean from birth. Other ancient accounts show that even asking water of a woman could be interpreted as flirting with her — especially if she had come alone due to a reputation for looseness.
So Jesus is alone with this woman when the disciples show up.
And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” John 4:27
The disciples did not ask anything.
Imagine the rumors that could arise from this encounter.
Were there allegations of sexual misconduct against the Savior?
The scripture often puts Jesus in the company of tax-collectors and prostitutes and there were rumors spread.
Even today, books and movies like The Da Vinci Code rumor that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were lovers.
Even King David is not exempt from such rumors; some declare him a homosexual because of his feelings for Jonathan.
Jesus did not come for one woman, He came for all people.
He did not come to start a family but came to die on the cross.
He did not come for marriage but for salvation for all.
He did not come to live in the flesh but to crucify it and its passions.