Sexual sin: The Samaritan woman

I was talking to a friend today about a situation that arose at her church. I’ve been going through writers block lately, but God showed me a new way that he wants me to write on the blog for a bit. I have decided to take on a few of the stories in the Bible and expound on them in a more modern way.

When I was in high school, I read the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s story is about a woman, named Hester Prynne, who is forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest for the adultery that she committed while her husband was presumed lost at sea. Hester and her infant daughter, Pearl, are forced to live a life outside of town because of her sin. This made me think of a few stories from the Bible…one that I had used myself when I first met my husband.

The first story I want to touch on is in John 4. This is the story of Jesus’s travels that took him through Samaria. Jews did not like Samaritans, so the oddity, at least to the woman in this story, is that Jesus would even give her the time of day, let alone ask her for a drink. Jesus knew more about this woman and what she truly needed than she even realized. He was trying to get her to see past physical needs of the body to see that what she truly needed was something that she didn’t realize she didn’t have….a Savior.

John 4:10
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Still the woman doesn’t get it. She thinks Jesus has some kind of miracle water that will quench her thirst forever…until Jesus asks her to go get her husband and bring him back. She doesn’t have one. In fact, Jesus goes on to tell her that she had 5 husbands and the man she is with now is not her husband. WHOA! How did he know all of that? Because he is God. She goes back to town to tell everyone who will listen about this man at the well. Jesus is invited back to town to stay for a few days where he witnesses to the Samaritans and many believe in Him.

So what does this have to do with being a nympho? Talk about scarlet letters! This woman may have prided herself for having so many different husbands and a lover now. Who knows what happened to all the other husbands before this man that she lived with. If this woman was divorced, rabbi’s usually only permitted 2-3 divorces at most, and here she was living with another partner. This woman may not have had enough room on her clothes for all the “A”‘s that could have been put on her. But Jesus was kind to her. In a world where Pharisees and Saduccees may have stoned her to death for her sin, Jesus spent time trying to save her from her sin. We all know John 3:16 by heart, but can you remember what comes next in verse 17?

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Some of us have come into our marriages with the same kind of sexual sin. Jesus died on the cross for you as well as for this woman. After hearing someone who was a stranger and a Jew tell her everything about her sexual history, she came to believe in Him. All of her sins are forgiven in Christ’s death and resurrection. So are yours, my dear readers, so are yours. No matter what your situation, please don’t let sin enter into your life. My friend was telling me about an aquaintance who’s dh was in prison and now she is living with another man. It is so easy to fall prey to Satan’s game. Leave that sin on the shelf, my dear ones, and follow Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths straight. (emphasis mine) Keep your eyes and your heart on God and he will lead you through.

Lord, your grace is enough for me. I’ll continue another story in my next post.

3 Comments

  1. Thank you! I also lived a life of sexual sin – until I was convicted about 10 years ago. Then when I met my husband we stayed pure until our wedding night – it wasn’t easy and many times I felt Satan whispering to me that since I wasn’t a virgin – what harm would it do – but I ignored that and concentrated on staying pure and my husband and I now have a wonderful marriage and it started out the right way. Thanks again.

  2. I persoanlly fit into both stories.  I had my oldest DS when I was 17 and still in school.  (My DH ended up adoping him)  There were many in my past due to my feeling unworthy.  I know God has not only forgiven me for my past but released me from it as well.  I tell others I know it was by His grace and mercy that I am who I am and where I am today.  He has gone on to bless me with an amazing DH who is incredibly understanding and proves to me always how he loves me unconditionaly.  As well as blessing us with 8 more wonderful children, so far!  He certainly has washed away my past and there is nothing I can do to repay Him.  But the one thing I do is tell my story over and over to testify to who He is and what an awesome God He is!  Thanks so much for using this story, it has been a long time since I heard it.

  3. This was a beautiful message. My past was full of preversion @ an early age due 2 molestation. Satan has tried 2 condem me with it. I’ve feared many times that I couldn’t be a holy wife in bed because of all I was exposed 2. I’ve been on a roller coaster of searching 4 a “place” internally where my sexual side n my walk w/ God could be at peace. This is why i’m in love w/ this site. Where could some1 like me go 4 advice n not find condemnation from others? I love the Lord’s church, my husband and I met n dated while serving n still do 2day (almost 15 yrs). We’ve raised our young kids watching us serve n they expect 2 do the same w/ their lives. I thank God.4 ur site because although Satan stole part of my childhood w/ sex, he won’t steal the sex from my marriage thanks 2 the transparency of you women. My past is gone n covered in the blood of Jesus! He took care of it the night I accepted Him. And the reason why I accepted him was because
    He accepted me 1st…just like the women at the well 🙂 Keep up the good and holy work u are doing! Sex is so all over the place in our society now. But God’s word tells us that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will always raise a standard. I believe God is using your site in that way for those who really want to align there marriage bed with His holy standard. God bless u n I’m keeping u ladies in prayer.


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