John 4:25-30
John 4:25 (KJB)
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Know - Know fully or understand
The Samaritans knew that a Messiah was predicted in the Scriptures and she knew quite well that Messiah was coming. Obviously she had attended religious services with the other people but here is a good example of a person having knowledge and yet living a sinful life. There are many in churches today who believe they are saved yet when they leave the church after services, they continue their unsaved lifestyle. This Samaritan woman also knew that Messiah would have all knowledge because when He came, He would tell them all things, which would include Heaven and Hell. This knowledge should have scared her a little because her sinful lifestyle would also be revealed since the Messiah would also have knowledge of that. She was probably blinded to the fact that not only Messiah discuss the things of Heaven or hell, He would also have personal knowledge of everyone and everything they have done.
John 4:26 (KJB)
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Jesus now reveals Himself to her with the term for God. The word “he” is not in the original but was added by the translators for clarity in the conversation. If you notice Jesus states a very important revelation about Himself. He says to her, “I…am.” (Exo 3:14 KJV) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Here the Great I Am of Sinai puts aside His glory and talks with the woman at the well. The very One who brought Israel out of Egypt, now sits speaking with a woman who would be considered outcast by the Jews, that today is her day of visitation. Since she knew about Messiah, she would have known the whole story about the Exodus since the Samaritan Pentateuch would have the entire account in it.
John 4:27 (KJB)
And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
Then the disciples showed up and were in amazement that Jesus was speaking to the woman. Jewish men did not talk to women in public because of fear they would be seduced. They were not questioning the integrity of Jesus but were amazed that He would speak to a woman, no less a Samaritan woman, in public. Since the disciples did not know what was going on, they thought it better to remain silent and not ask Jesus. However, here is an example that Jesus could read their minds and understand their questions. Jesus wants them to know that the time is coming when they will have to break with tradition because the Gospel will go out to the whole world and that will require them to speak and interact with people that have been considered outcasts or unclean.
John 4:28 (KJB)
The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
Left - Left behind or abandoned
Once Jesus made the declaration that He was the Great I Am, she immediately abandoned her water pot and made her way back into the city. As soon as she came to the city, she had made her way to some men she obviously knew. It seemed now that she knew who Jesus was, the temporal or water that quenches only temporarily did not seem so important anymore since she left it behind. This is also a great spiritual lesson that once we come to know the Lord, we leave all our burdens of the world with Him. We carry none of those burdens as we go forth into the world and bring the Gospel, as this woman going to the city is a picture of leaving her burden by leaving her waterpot.
John 4:29 (KJB)
Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
The first thing she told the men was that she met a man who knew every aspect about her life. I wonder if this revelation would have scared some of those men? Since she knew that when Messiah was coming, He would tell all things so she asks them if He was the Christ, after all, He did meet her for the first time and knew all about her life. This would show omniscience which is a trait of deity.
John 4:30 (KJB)
Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
These men did not waste any time. As soon as they received the word from this woman, they had left the city and came unto Jesus. They were also expecting the Messiah to come and maybe this man was that long awaited Messiah. It seemed that here was a very ready response upon hearing those words. It may well be that she went to those who were well-versed in the Samaritan Pentateuch and that elicited a quick response. They would have probably heard about John the Baptist by this time since John’s location was very close to Samaria and maybe word had gotten back to those in Samaria concerning the day when John baptized Jesus so there may have been some hopeful anticipation on their part.