February 28, 2018 Are You Satisfied?

This week we are talking about a classic rock song. “I can’t get no satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones was written in 1965. At the time it was ranked the number 3 song in the U.S. for that year. What else was happening that year?

·         The Vietnam War was raging on

·         Protests to the Vietnam war

·         Watts Riots in California leaving parts of the city burned and 34 dead

·         1965 Voting Rights Act allowing African Americans the right to vote

·         Days of our Lives Debuts

·         Dr. MLK Jr led a civil rights arch in Alabama

·         NASA was working on the preparations for man going to the moon.

So, looking at some of these major events, you could see why a song like this would have been written.

In the song, Jagger mentions he can’t get satisfaction from money, stuff and even relationships. He ends the song the same way he started, claiming he can’t get no satisfaction.

Back in 2004 and then again in 2010, this song was voted as number 2 on the all-time top 500 rock songs list. So, clearly we have a history of not being able to feel satisfaction.

We do things that bring us temporary satisfaction such as buying new electronics, or games, or clothes, shoes even a new car. But, after a while the shine wears off and we are ready for the next thing to come out.

Jonah and I make Lego sets. We spend at least an hour sometimes meticulously going through the instructions and he builds them while I help. The amount of sheer joy and excitement on his face after he finally gets building it is a sign of his satisfaction of a job well done. He will play with the newly crafted vehicle or play set for a few days but then he starts to take it apart. Even when he puts great attention to detail, and hard work into something after a while it still doesn’t satisfy him for very long.

(Get a clear cup and pour water into it. Hole in the bottom and let it drain into a bucket. This cup is like our level of satisfaction in the things that we can do. Let’s see what happens over time as we continue through this lesson.)

Turn to John 4:1-26

First of all, we see an interaction between the Pharisees and Jesus.

The Pharisees were not satisfied- (4:1-3)


·         Jealousy

o   They were jealous that Jesus was winning converts.

o   They were trying to start controversy between John’s group and Jesus’.

·         Losing Control

o   They were losing some of their power, control

·         Becoming Irrelevant

o   People were going to Jesus and John the Baptist for spiritual guidance rather than them

·         The Pharisees were not seeking their satisfaction in God, but in power. Had their satisfaction been in God, rather than social status, they would have been able to see that Christ was the Messiah.

o   Sometimes we can get caught up with popularity. We get concerned with whether or not people like us, we get caught up with whether or not we are seen as important by other people.

o   This is a natural thing because we are a people designed for community, but because it is natural it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is right.

John 4:4-6

·         We see here that Jesus leaves Judea and heads back towards Galilee. The scripture states that he had to pass through Samaria to get there. What do you guys know about Samaria?

o   They were Assyrians that had moved into Israel during the conquest of Israel. They had intermarried with the Israelites over time and had adopted their religious practices.

o   Other than this, the biggest difference between them and the Hebrews was that they believed they could sacrifice outside of the Temple in Jerusalem.

o   The Jews strongly disagreed with this and it caused a division amongst them.

o   The Samaritans established their own temple and religious services on Mt. Gerazim.

o   The Samaritans, around the time of Jesus’ birth profaned the temple in Jerusalem by scattering dead bones in the sanctuary.

o   The Jews and Samaritans hated each other

o   Some of the Pharisees would pray that no Samaritan would be raised in the resurrection.

o   When the Pharisees wanted to insult Jesus, they called him a Samaritan. (John 8:48)

§  “You are a Samaritan and you have a demon!”

o   Most Jews would avoid Samaria completely

So, now that we have a little background, let’s see what happens next.

John 4:7-9

·         Scandalous

o   Jesus had 3 possible paths he could have taken to Galilee. Two that would have avoided Samaria, and one that went right through it. So, He did what Jesus did and went through the place that was considered impure, unclean and less-than the Jews.

o   Jesus got to the well at 6pm, which was the time that women would come to the well to get water. (Jesus knew what He was doing.)

o   Jesus does three things here that would be considered scandalous and would have gotten him shamed by his own people.

§  He spoke to a Samaritan

§  He asked to drink from the same container as her, this polluted unclean container of the Samaritans

§  He spoke to a woman

·          “Jewish rabbis in Jesus’ day typically avoided women and stayed away from Samaritans. So this woman had two strikes against her. Even she was shocked that Jesus spoke to her.”

·         “The rabbis said, ‘it is better that the words of the law be burned than be delivered to a woman”

o   There are many things we can focus on here, but I just want to highlight the fact that Jesus waited at the well because he was tired. This shows us that even though he was fully God, he was also fully man because he faced the same physical stresses that we did. But, lets continue

John 4:10-15

·         Well, well, well…

o   Well

§  Jesus Tells her that if she knew who she was talking to, He would give her Living water. (A reference to prophetic messages from Jeremiah 2:13 (rejected the fountain of living water) Ezekiel 47:9 (living waters will flow out of Jerusalem)

o   Well

§  She missed the point of his comment. She immediately says he doesn’t have anything to get water from the well, and then asks if He is greater than Jacob.

§  She wants the living water because of the claim that she will never thirst again. She would never have to worry about drawing water from Jacob’s well again.

o   Well…

§  Jesus corrects her thinking. He changes her thought from physical to spiritual. She will continue to thirst, never be satisfied if she only drinks from Jacob’s well. She will constantly need to come back to refill her jars in this desert. But, if she takes the living water that Jesus would give her, she would be satisfied forever.

§  She likes the idea of never being thirsty again, still thinking of the physical so Jesus takes it even a step further.

John 4:16-21

·         I Can’t Get No!

o   Jesus tells the Samaritan to go and get her husband

§  She has had 5 husbands and is now living with a man. Jesus shows her that he knows who she is by revealing this information and it begins to convict her of her sin.

§  Looking at this woman we can make the assumption that she was seeking satisfaction in men. She found her self-worth in a relationship. She was looking for a man to give her fulfilment.

·         We can get in the habit of doing this too. We seek satisfaction by having a boyfriend/girlfriend because we feel lonely and dissatisfied with our current life situation. I’m not saying that is the only reason, but it is a major reason we are impatient and will date anyone that says yes to us.

·         This woman’s marital situation gives us a big clue that we will not find true satisfaction in another human. It only comes from faith in Christ, which is what she will discover shortly.

§  It can be painful, just like it was for this woman to have our sin revealed to us. But, it takes us realizing that we have sinned to bring us to a point of repentance so that we too may drink from the fountain of living water.



John 4:22-26

·         Satisfaction

o   Jesus begins to spell things out for her. Her current spiritual situation is no better than her marital problems. She may believe in God but she did not have a correct belief of Him. He tells her that soon enough when the rituals that she had been performing and even the Israelites would not be sufficient anymore. They would need to worship in spirit and in truth. They would need to worship internally and externally, not just perform.

o   He finally reveals to her that He is in fact the Messiah and the living water that she needs to be satisfied forever.  

o   “I who speak to you am HE”

·         We see her excitement in 4:28-29 as she experienced the living water, the One who would truly satisfy her soul for all eternity. Her satisfaction drew others in to see Christ.


Are you satisfied? Do you wake up every morning with the knowledge that Christ has given you the living water that you need, or are you still searching through this world to find something to fulfill you temporarily. Just like the cup that was not able to hold all the water, when we chase after worldly things, we will end up empty and still unsatisfied.