When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,…
Though this woman was a sinner, her coming forth to draw water herself was commendable. It is the devil that meets with us when we are idle. The angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds while they were keeping watch over their flocks by night. Matthew was called at the receipt of custom. Peter, and Andrew, his brother, were fishing; James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, were mending their nets, when called by the Saviour. Elisha was ploughing when Elijah cast his mantle upon him, and said, "Follow me." Saul was seeking his father's asses when he met with Samuel, who anointed him king over Israel. How favourable the season! "His disciples were gone away into the city, to buy meat." How unsuitable would company have been in a case like this. There is business that can only be tranacted between God and the soul. How often does religion take its rise from solitude. It teaches us what He is in Himself; "The gift of God"; by way of emphasis and distinction. It teaches us what He has to bestow; "living water." It teaches us how we are to obtain this blessedness of Him. We must ask: nothing less is required, nothing more. It teaches us the reason why men do not apply to Him. It is because they do not know Him. It is in religion as it is in nature, the understanding sways the will and the affections. "Wisdom is the principal thing"; therefore we are to "get wisdom, and with all our getting to get understanding." And hence we see the difference between this woman and blind Bartimeus, on a similar occasion. Bartimeus was sitting by the wayside begging, when Jesus was passing by — but he knew that it was Jesus; and therefore he cried, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me." "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
Parallel VersesKJV: When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,