The Woman at the Well ~ Object Lesson

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  • To tell events of Jesus and the woman at the well {John 4:1-42}
  • To verbalize how Jesus is the Living Water
  • To explain that the fields are still white and ripe for the harvest

Materials: glass of water

Geography: Samaria, Sychar, Judea, Galilee

Background: Jesus chose twelve men to mentor and prepare for ministry. Jesus and Nicodemus had an amazing conversation about a second birth.

Main Events of the Woman at the Well:

{Hold up the glass of water.} What is this? [a glass of water] When do you like to drink water? [when thirsty, on a hot day, after playing] After you drink, are you ever thirsty again? [Yes] How come? [take any answers, but the science behind why we become thirsty has to do with the fact that water escapes our body in many ways and it must be replenished if we are to live.]

Abraham's well

These two pictures come from Abraham’s well and not Jacob’s, but you can see what the well might have looked like.

After the Passover, Jesus started having some issues with the Pharisees, so He decided to leave the area of Judah and go back to Galilee. He went through Samaria, which is interesting because a good “Jew” would never go through Samaria. Samaria was a country filled with, what the Jews considered, half-breeds. These were people who were brought to the area during the years of exile and they intermarried with some of the Jews. Therefore, a “good” Jew would never want to be tainted by these people, so they would walk around the area of Samaria traveling many miles out of the way.

But not Jesus. He went through the area to Jacob’s Well in Sychar. There he met a woman. This woman had a history of not making wise decisions. The disciples went into town for food and Jesus asked her for some water. This took her by surprise! 1) Jesus was a man and men normally didn’t speak to women of her type; and 2) Jesus was a Jew. Let’s listen to this conversation:

Woman: You, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan, for water?
Jesus: If you knew who I was you’d ask me for living water.
Woman: You have no bucket and the well is deep. Where do you get this living water? Are you greater than Jacob? He gave us this well.
Jesus: If you drink this water, you will be thirsty again. If you drink the water I give you, then you will never be thirsty again. The water I give becomes a spring and will well up to eternal life.
Woman: I want some of this living water! I don’t want to have to come and draw water again.
Jesus: Go get your husband.
Woman: I don’t have a husband.
Jesus: You are right. In fact you have had five husbands and the man you are with now is not your husband.
Woman: Sir, I think you are a prophet.

Abraham's well 2

These wells were very deep!

The woman then proceeded to change the subject and asked Jesus where people should worship God. In Samaria? or only in Jerusalem? He responded that the time had come for people to worship in spirit and in truth and that it didn’t matter where one worshiped.  And then an amazing thing happened. The women said, “I know that the Messiah is coming.” Jesus responded, “I am He.

The disciples came back and were amazed to find Jesus speaking to this woman. The woman left her water jar, ran to town, and said, “Come meet the man who has told me everything I have ever done. Can this be the Christ?” The whole town went out to meet Jesus.

Life Application of the Woman at the Well:

{Hold up the glass of water.} The whole town came out to meet Jesus. One woman told her testimony, or her story, and many in the town believed in Jesus. {Use fingers to flick water onto the children.} This is what happens when you share your Jesus story. The living water that is in you, will spread onto the person you tell. When the disciples came back to Jesus they tried to get Him to eat food, but He refused. He said, “My food is to do the will of God.” He told the disciples to lift up their eyes. The fields were white with harvest. In other words, the people were ready to hear what He had to say and the people of the town were on their way. That woman told her Jesus story and the people came running to hear the gospel.

Jesus came to be the Living Water. And as people believed, they then went to others and told their Jesus story. {Flick the water again.} And so the living water bubbled over and spread. If you aren’t telling other people your Jesus story, then you aren’t spreading the water. Allow His water to bubble out of you!

What Truth did you learn from this lesson?

++ Photos by ORG Photog
** Cute Cartoon Image is from

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The Woman at the Well ~ Object Lesson — 2 Comments

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  2. Great lesson – I know it is geared for children but I have learned plenty. My lesson is to get out there and be bold for Christ. This went right in with what I got out of my bible lesson last week.
    I like what you wrote and especially the effect of the water:
    “The living water that is in you, will spread onto the person you tell…. Allow His water to bubble out of you!”

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