Yes, Jesus is greater than Jacob

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.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:10-14)

In this passage the Samaritan woman asks a very good question. She recognizes the boldness of Jesus’ claim to be a source of “living water,” and asks him if He is greater than Jacob, the ancestor of all Jews and Samaritans.

Jesus does not respond with a simple “yes” or “no,” but it is obvious from his next statement that the answer is “yes.” He is far more superior to Jacob, because Jacob could only dig a physical well of earthly water, whereas Jesus can give spiritual water that will make the drinker “never thirst” again!

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