Carrying the water pot was her routine. She came for natural water; He served the spiritual. She questioned this man she called a prophet about the traditional place to worship. He told her she knew not what worship was about. Water pots would never be able to contain it.
“But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” [John 4:23] He spoke of genuine worship in the true way of the spirit…for the Father is looking for such people to worship Him.
Father wasn’t looking for the song; He wanted the singer. He didn’t want the worship itself; He wanted the heart of the worshiper!
Failing to understand, she began to tell Him of the coming Messiah who would make everything plain. This Samaritan woman, still thirsting for the world’s provision, would learn that it only filled her for the moment. He told her that, if she came only bearing the water pot, she would thirst again and again. Traditions had her bound to the way we always did it…and where.
Jesus said unto her, “I that speak to you am He.” [vs 26] The I Am — the One who was the “now” of worship — stood there before her. Spirit and Truth Himself unfolded the revelation of worship. Trade the routine water pot for true worship ~ give Him her all and she would thirst no more.
“But the water that I shall give [her] shall be in [her] a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” [verse 14] It would be a spiritual water pot within herself, welling up into eternal life.
To receive such a fountain of life, she understood that genuine worship was not a place, not a tradition, nor merely a song. Certainly not to be contained in a natural water pot. True worship was to give Him her heart and find eternal reward.
“She left her water pot”[verse 28] …her traditions, her routine, the natural search for satisfaction. The water of life was now within.