A Visual Bible Study
Surprisingly, the first visual Bible study I completed, was also set on women as forerunners of the kingdom revelations and insight. Although the apostles did not believe that Jesus appeared to these women, Jesus chose them to intercede for the cause of the kingdom of heaven on earth. He also gave them the assignment to take the lead under the authority of the apostles and to spread the gospel.
What I love about visual Bible studies
As a visual learner and prophetic intercessor, I am automatically drawn to images. Even when I watch a movie, read something, or hear words my mind converts it to pictures, and if the Holy Spirit wants to set my attention on it, it is then linked to a spiritual aspect, for eg. I love watching ancient war movies and see how they first strategize before going into the actual warzone. This immediately made me think of spiritual warfare strategies.
After my first visual Bible study, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit, to write about the steps on how to go about it. If you’re interested you can read about it here.
The calling of the Samaritan woman
My interest in the story about the Samaritan woman started with a photo send to me by my daughter.
It then prompted me to create a doodle on the theme: Hydrated.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?John 4
The more I read John 4 and meditated on it, various topics about the story popped up. So, I followed the guidelines on how to do a visual bible study , started to explore and put the pieces together.
1. Background sketch : The Route
The Jews and the Samaritan people did not communicate with each other due to religious and cultural differences. The religious Jews, when traveling, always took the longer route to bypass Samaria.
Jesus was on the route of His heavenly assignment and could not follow the traditional way and beliefs. Plainly said, He could not go His own way or follow the usual social or cultural norms. His sub assignment was like pitstops along the way to the main goal of His existence on earth.
But Jesus instead took the straight and shorter route through Samaria.
2. The title deed and legal right to minister
Something about the setting triggered my attention and I kept searching through reading and meditating on John 4:4 and while I was reading and meditating on it the next day, revelation burst through and hit me right between the eyes.
Jesus positioned Himself at Jacob’s well, that was on a piece of land that belonged to Jacob, and Jacob gave this land to his son Joseph.
When I looked into the lineage of Jesus it shows this spot was directly in line with the generational promise of God to Abraham. This well is part of the promise and gave Jesus Christ a legal right to minister to the Samaritan woman and the people of Samaria. It attracted Samaria to the promise that God made to Abraham.
This was a divine appointment for the Samaritan woman, where she engaged with Jesus upon His request for water. Eventually, it was her turn and I imagined her with a valid ticket to receive salvation and become activated for running with the kingdom message.
There were certain cultural – and religious boundaries but because of Jesus’ assignment He broke through those boundaries.
Time of conversation:
The theme of conversation:
Request for Water
“How is it that you, a Jew [which she could discern by his clothing and manner of speech], asks a drink of me, a Samaritan woman?” (John 4:9).
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.John 4:10
The woman seemed quite intelligent and ready to stand her ground in the conversation with Jesus. Everything changed when Jesus got her interest and the direction of the conversation turn 180 °, directly to her and her relationship with God.
Because of Jesus’ discernment, He was able to minister directly according to her need for salvation, and she left her jar because of a newfound fountain.
She unknowingly, cast all of her insecurities, cultural and religious burdens on Jesus and took up his yoke.
Final thoughts and application
During noon (12 pm – 3 pm)Christ was on the cross, atoning for the sins of the world. The restoration and redemption of all nations were manifested through His Son. It was also during this time that Peter received the vision of the clean and unclean animals.
She received clarity on her kingdom assignment and was also activated in it. Through the word of this woman, a whole town came to see for themselves and so an individual meeting converted into a community gathering.
By engaging in this visual study of the Samaritan woman, I was specifically intrigued by the route factor and I concluded we too, just like Jesus, have a route or map attached to our daily assignments.
”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11
Jesus planned that everyone should be included in the promises of God and is only seeking a legal right through salvation or even through a generational blessing.