The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-26)


photo (4)I was asked to do a piece about the story of the Woman at the Well. The piece is intended for the women of our sister parish, Fe Y Esperanza, in Nicaragua (hence the Spanish). One of my favorite things to draw is bible verses. Each block represents a piece of the story.

Following is my shorthand explanation of each block:

woman at the Well Numbered

  1. The Gospel of John 4: 1-26
  2. V5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob has given to his son Joseph (This pattern is used in many of my works as a symbol for ancestors and offspring, this color was used to symbolize Jacob in a previous work about Jacob and Essau)
  3. Jesus stopped his journey beside the well and sat to rest (even Jesus needed to rest!)
  4. Jesus was alone
  5. A Samaritan woman came to draw water (She is represented by a pink skirt pattern)
  6. Jesus asked her for a drink of water
  7. The woman is shocked he is talking to her—he is a Jew (Separation and differences between the cultures)
  8. V9 “How can you ask me for a drink?”
  9. V10 “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.”
  10. V12 “Are you greater than our father Jacob…?”
  11. V14 “The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
  12. V18 “The fact is you have 5 husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.” – She then believed he was a prophet
  13. There is a time when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain…
  14. …nor in Jerusalem (Stones of the temple)
  15. V24 “God is spirit” (Spirit is often represented by light shining through the leaves of trees in my work)
  16. Worshipers must worship in spirit (Flaming tongue of the holy spirit)
  17. And in Truth (Verdad is Spanish for truth)
  18. I know that Messiah is coming
  19. I am He

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