Lesson #5: The Greatest Need

1989-04-2080-elder-james-e-faust-590x442-ldsorg-articleRecently in South America, a seasoned group of outstanding missionaries was asked, “What is the greatest need in the world?” One wisely responded: “Is not the greatest need in all of the world for every person to have a personal, ongoing, daily, continuing relationship with the Savior?” Having such a relationship can unchain the divinity within us, and nothing can make a greater difference in our lives as we come to know and understand our divine relationship with God.  James E. Faust, October 1976, A Personal Relationship with the Savior

Why do you think that the greatest need is to have a personal, relationship with the Savior?

Today we are going to examine the story of the Savior and the Woman at the Well as found in John 4.  This is a example of our relationship with the Savior.

As we study this, we will learn how the Savior interacts with us and how we can interact with Him.  Look for the pattern of how he deals with the woman and how it is similar to how he deals with us.

Throughout this story, ponder each interaction between the woman and the Savior and ask yourself, “What can I learn from this interaction?”

LIVING WATER

Jesus-Picture-Christ-Teaching-Samarian-Woman-At-The-WellJohn 4:6 – A few things to note:  Jacob’s well was about 75 feet deep.  That is a long way to drop your bucket to get water.

SIXTH HOUR:  This is noon.

Why do you think the Savior went to the well at noon?  It was probably really hot and most people had come to the well either earlier in the morning or later in the evening.  So why would he come then?

vs. 7 – Who shows up at the well? Why do you think that SHE came to the well at noon?  Why would she choose to come at the hottest part of the day to get water?

What does the Savior ask her to do?

vs 9 – Why would it be a strange request to have her give him water?

What do you think is going through her mind just a few minutes into this interaction?  What do we learn about her?  What do we learn about the Savior?

vs. 10 – What can we learn about the Savior from his response to the woman?  What was he trying to help her understand?

vs. 11 – The woman inquires about this “living water”.  Why would “living water” be appealing to her?  How would living water change her life?

vs. 13-14  – How does the Savior define “living water”?  What do we learn about it?

vs. 15 – What is it about living water that is appealing to her?

I PERCEIVE THAT THOU ART A PROPHET

vs 16-18 – Why do you think the Savior chose to bring up her “husbands” in this conversations?  What do we learn about her? What is the Savior trying to teach her?

vs. 19 – What can we assume about her by calling him a “prophet”?  How do people “perceive” things?  How does the Holy Ghost help us “perceive”?

BELIEVE ME

samaritanwomanvs 21-24 – What does Jesus teach her about God?  Why does he want her to know and understand these things?

vs 25 – In studying her response, what do we know about her current (and probably past) testimony?

vs. 26 – Why did the Savior choose to reveal himself to her here, instead of after vs 7?  What is the wisdom in God with letting her discover Him in vs 8-25?

Why is our relationship with the Savior a process? a discovery? a continuing experience?

THE WATERPOT

The first 6 words in vs 28 are some of my favorite words in all of the scriptures.

“The woman then left her waterpot”

What is the significance in her leaving her waterpot at the well that day?

What could the waterpot represent?

When we choose to come to Christ, we ALWAYS leave things behind that are of less importance.

Something she learned and experienced and felt with the Savior, caused her to rearrange her priorities, to recognize something that needed to be left behind or changed so she could come closer to the Savior.

vs 29 – Because she testified, others came to Him.

WE HAVE HEARD HIM OURSELVES AND KNOW

vs 39-41 – What was the effect of her sharing her testimony of the Savior?

vs 42 – Why did they believe?

Why is it important that we teach others what we know is true and also give them an opportunity to act on that knowledge?

As a parent you have many opportunities to teach your children true gospel principles, and then give them opportunities to act on those teachings.

THE PROGRESSION OF HER TESTIMONY

It is interesting to note that as we read this story, the woman at the well addresses the Savior differently each time.

JEW (vs. 9) —-> SIR (vs 15) —-> PROPHET (vs 19) —-> CHRIST (vs 29.)

As you look at the different names, what do you learn about her testimony?

A GALLON OF WATER

How is the Savior trying to help you find Him?  Where is he purposefully putting himself in your life so you can find Him?  How are you using current circumstances as a way to get closer to Him?

Most importantly, what waterpot(s) do you need to leave behind so that you can make room for the living water that He wants to give you.

In an recent news article, there was a woman who decided to drink a gallon of water a day for four weeks and see if there were any physical benefits.  (Read the article here)

“Sufficient daily water intake is vital for virtually every function within our bodies yet fewer than one in five of us drinks enough.”

WS_FEMAIL_WATER_2.jpgIn the before and after photos of her, you can definitely see the difference having a “personal, ongoing, daily, continuing relationship with [water]” for one month.

“Nobody can deny the astonishing change to her appearance.”

More importantly than having a clearer complexion and a change in our physical appearance, I testify that as we drink a gallon of living water daily, we will “receive his image in our countenance” (Alma 5).  We will see a change in our spirit – a change that only comes through having an increase in the Spirit in our lives and becoming closer to the Savior.

May we have the desire to partake from the fountain of everlasting life and find the time in our lives to leave our waterpot and find the Living Water.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Video:  JOHN 4 (Biblevideos.lds.org)

• Video:  JOHN 4

TALK:  “A Personal Relationship with the Savior,”  James E. Faust

MUSIC:  Women at the Well by Kenneth Cope

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