THE CONVERSION OF THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA.
BY REV. WILLIAM CHARLES ROBERTS, D.D.. LL.D.
John iv. 13-15: "Whosoever drinketh of this water shallthirst again : but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shallgive liim shall never thirst ; but the M'ater that I shall ^ivehim shall be iu him a well of water springing up into everlast-ing life."IN this chapter is found a fine photograph set-ting forth with astonishing accuracy everyparticular of the scene at Sychar. Instyle and finish, if not in minuteness of de-tail, it stands almost alone. " It is not," saysone commentator, " a monument composed of an aggregate of stones, but, like the patriarch'spillar at Bethel, a glorious monolith ù its hiero-glyphics the riches of redeeming love andmercy." It is a master exhibition of Christ'scondescension and readiness to forgive.The subject suggested by it is the Conversionof a Disreputable Villager ù the Woman of Samaria.73NEW TESTAMENT CONVERSIONS. 73Notice, first, the place of her abode. Thisis called Shechern, Sychar, or in modern times,Nablous. It was not an inviting place. Thoughassociated in early times with the pitching of Abraham's tent; with the purchase of a buryingplace by Jacob; with the reading of the cursesand the blessings by the Levites, and with theresting place of Joseph's bones, yet it had bythis time acquired an unenviable reputation. Itwas one of the cities which belonged to Jero-boam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.Its name had been changed to Sychar, meaningdrunken or foolish, on account of the wicked-ness of its citizens. Jesus afterwards forbadehis disciples to go to any of the cities of theSamaritans. Nevertheless, he went there nowhimself; thus rising above dispensational bar-riers and overstepping the limitations of hismission, in order to take pity on one of thatlost race.From among the vicious of this place theSaviour had resolved to gather some trophiesof redeeming grace. He concluded that he mustshow even there the omnipotence of that love